Mozilla exec calls Apple's Safari plan 'duopolistic'

By on June 18, 2007, 8:58 AM
Mozilla's chief operating officer, John Lilly, apparently isnít so happy about Steve Jobs keynote speech last week at the Worldwide Developers Conference, where he unveiled a version of the Safari browser designed to run on Windows Vista or XP.

In a post from Lillyís weblog, he accused Appleís CEO of being "out of date" and "duopolistic". In his speech, Jobs showed existing browser shares of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari Ė 78 percent, 15 percent and 2 percent, respectively Ė before displaying another pie chart that showed Safari with about a quarter of the market, IE with the remainder.

"This wasn't a careless presentation, or an accidental omission of all the other browsers out there, or even a crummy marketing trick," said Lilly in a blog posting. "Lots of words describe Steve and his Stevenotes, but 'careless' and 'accidental' do not. This is, essentially, the way they're thinking about the problem, and shows the users they want to pick up."
Another browser in the market should be a good thing for users, and although competition from Apple should not be taken too lightly, I donít think Jobs scenario is realistic as more people tend favor the open source browser for its reliability and extensive plug-in support.

Since Safari for Windows debuted on June 11, it has reportedly reached 1 million downloads. It has also received criticism over a number of security vulnerabilities discovered within few days since its release.

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