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Saturday, July 09, 2005
google and yahoo fight for firefox Home
Posted at 7:20 AM by Aditya

firefox, though nothing revolutionary, has sure caught the attention of the biggies. google and yahoo have both released vamped up versions of their respective toolbars for the mozilla bestseller. google has added two extra extensions not found in the ie versoin (now ain't that a surprise!). their tech lead, justin voskuhl is sure all praise for the browser and calling xul the next big thing (in a way).
a post on the googleblog says
It’s surprising what natural selection will produce – for instance, a platypus. How could something with such a seemingly discombobulated set of attributes be fit for survival in the hostile natural world? I had a similar reaction when I first heard about the XUL programming language, used to create the Firefox browser and the plethora of extensions that the Internet ecosystem is creating around it. Strange concept, using JavaScript, which is used to write code that works *in* a browser, to create the browser *itself*. As with the platypus, it’s not until we saw XUL in action that we realized how well suited for survival this product of Internet evolution is.

i personally don't use firefox that much, for me, its the most standards compliant browser opera (you would have noticed the link all over the site).

also, Yahoo!, not to be left behind, has come up with a revamped firefox version of its toolbar. though some features are useless because of the inbuilt power of todays browsers, they are
Yahoo's Firefox toolbar replicates many of the features it already offers customers using Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser such as an integrated search box, content discovery, a RSS subscription manager, protection against spyware and server-side preferences that can be recalled from any PC connected to the Internet.

now, the sad thing is none of these companies have tried to work with opera to make something for our browser, which doesn't show how easy it is to code for firefox, but how closed up people are. opera incorporates all those features, and more in a much more organised and compact package than firefox. plus! opera uses less memory! :) something us 64mb-ers will appreciate.

so go ahead, take your pick. the browser wars are far from over!


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