Firefox on the beeb

You don’t get much more mainstream than that.

So if IE can only manage 50-60% marketshare whilst it is the only browser installed on 90 odd % of machines sold, how will it get on when the ballot thingy comes in in Windows 7? (Ballot screen is Europe only I think?).

Now they have lost the browser wars so emphatically perhaps we can get back to ‘smart client’ development.

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8 Responses to “Firefox on the beeb”

  1. Harlan Grove Says:

    On the west coast of the US, at least around the major cities, there’s usually one or two tech shows on FOSS a month. There was a civil servant on last night as a guest on KPFA who was trying out OpenOffice during the show, and she found out she COULD do pretty much all the word processing she needed to do with OOo Write.

    If California state government is having garage sales (http://blogs.wsj.com/deals/2009/08/31/mean-street-sayonara-california/), how much longer are they going to pay for Office (or Windows) upgrades unless MSFT gives them deals like Zambia or Bangladesh?

    At US$200 per machine or so for Windows and Office license fees for high volume customers, how much future is there for fat client development? Then again there’s always the suckers, er, valued & visionary customers who bought Ultimate versions of Vista and/or Office.

  2. Dick Moffat Says:

    “At US$200 per machine or so for Windows and Office license fees for high volume customers, how much future is there for fat client development? ”

    Makes you wonder doesn’t it ??

    Dick

  3. Simon Says:

    I am rapidly coming to that conclusion too.
    It seems risky to continue to invest time and effort in a tech when the platform vendor has such limited confidence.

    Time to move to server tech methinks, or bloody crappy browser crippleware gawd help us!

  4. JP Says:

    On my site, the non-IE traffic has been steadily increasing. It’s now up to 29% FF for the current quarter. IE is at 69%. A year ago it was 90% IE.

  5. Dick Moffat Says:

    “It seems risky to continue to invest time and effort in a tech when the platform vendor has such limited confidence. ”

    That despite the fact that their Windows product single-handedly led directly to the kind of powerful desktop machines everyone uses every day (??). It’s tragic in the true Shakespearean sense.

    Yep. I see Lotus Development Corporation all over again.

    Dick

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  7. Jayson Says:

    In the news this morning… Sony computers will ship without IE, but with Chrome instead…
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10322884-92.html

  8. Simon Says:

    Thanks for the link Jayson.
    That could be the start of an interesting trend.
    Although I guess Google paid Sony handsomely for the privilege.
    It’s a shame Sony pcs have such a bad reputation on pre-installed crapware, caused by their over-pimping.

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