Reasons why Netscape
Yes, thats right, I
am going out on a limb here and being politically incorrect by
saying that an "underdog" product and company sucks.
Especially in this era of anti-trust motions of the Department of
Justice versus Microsoft™, I still assert that
Netscape™ Corp.s products of Navigator® and
Communicator® and company as a whole, just plain suck. In the
following paragraphs, I will offer detailed explanations why this
But first, take notice
that I did not title this page "Reasons why IE rules."
Even though I think it does, I titled this page this way as a
counter to the hundreds and thousands of pages out there that
bash Microsoft™ and Internet Explorer®. In opposition to
these pages that invariably make statements about the product and
offer no proof for their arguments, I will back up my statements
with proof below.
I have tried, used
heavily, and technically supported on a professional basis, both
Internet Explorer® and Netscape Navigator®/Communicator®. I
prefer Internet Explorer for the following reasons:
1. Smooth Integration in
- Internet Explorer,
especially the latest version, 4.0, integrates smoothly
into the operating systems of both Windows 95 and Windows
NT 4.0. Integration is defined as "becoming one
with" or "melding" or "fitting in
with." IE integrates with Windows in that you can
access quickly your Favorite websites from any open
window, from the start menu, and from the desktop. The
interface is the same as Windows Explorer. By a smooth
integration, I mean that once installed, the Internet
Explorer application is almost transparent to the user.
It becomes part of the interface layer of the operating
2. Integration with
Microsoft Office® Applications and Exchange® Email
- The latest versions
of MS Office suite allows quick access to the Internet
from within the applications itself. Exchange® and
Outlook® also recognize IEs integration into the
OS by recognizing hyperlinks and allowing HTML formatting
3. Will allow users a
choice of browser.
- Contrary to popular
opinion, Internet explorer easily un-installs from the OS
and allows Netscape or any other properly designed
Software browser to exist and fully function on the
System. Internet Explorer does not interfere with the
default browsers registration as a .gif or .jpg
viewer or hyperlink text display. I like this function
because it is easy to professionally support users if
they have a preference.
4. Simple, Intuitive
- The IE browser has a
simple interface with the toolbar buttons, location of
Favorites folders, address bar, status bar, and drag and
select features within the window itself.
I have heard dozens of
"lame" excuses for people not wanting to use IE which
range from "It puts trash all over your hard drive," to
"Microsoft wont stop till they take over the
world." All silliness aside, here are a few technical
reasons why some people will not use IE.
1. Java code was altered
by MS for IE
- Yep, they did it.
They took the source code from Sun Microsystems™
and altered it a little to run faster on the Windows 32
bit platform. Legalities will be decided in court, or
Microsoft will release a patch to "fix" this.
In any case, it does make Java run faster. But with many
java apps, it is not displayed exactly the same as it
would be on other platforms. In fact, the java based Chat Page I have posted here will
not give me administrator rights to the channel because I
use IE. With Netscape, it would be no problem. I choose
to live with that flaw, but others do not.
2. HTML code not displayed
- Microsoft, for
whatever reason, omitted some of the functionality of
some HTML tags for its browser. For instance, , but
on the other hand, Netscape users do not see scrolling
text. I live with that too, others will not.
3. IE channels
- With IE4, you get
channel technology, a "push" technology
designed specifically for IE4. When IE is first
installed, the channels show up on your desktop. They are
annoying, bells-and-whistles features that I and many
others do not enjoy.
4. Fear of "big
brother taking over"
- Sure, Microsoft is
big and is venturing out into many other technical areas,
including television content programming, video games,
etc. But if you dont purchase anything of
Microsoft, its not like Bill Gates will send in
Stormtroopers to format your hard drive. It is still a
free country. There are a few other operating systems out
there. Remember OS/2 and Linux?
- The fact remains that
Microsoft makes high quality software and is a leader in
software innovation and design. If other companies were
any better, they would be leading the way instead of
whining to the government.
Why I hate Netscape™
as a product
- Yes, Netscape is much
buggier than Internet Explorer. HTML code doesnt
exactly mesh well with TCP/IP anyway, and Netscapes
HTML code crashes much more frequently than IEs,
2. Will not uninstall
- When Netscape does
become unstable, it needs to be reinstalled. However, a
reinstallation rarely fixes problems that Netscape
encounters in Windows. For instance, host not found
errors for every site on the Net is typically caused by a
bad registry entry that conflicts with TCP/IP. To fix
this, the key must be located in the registry and
deleted. Then a reinstallation will work.
- The only problem is
that Netscape creates over two hundred entries into the
registry when it is installed. And uninstalling it will
not remove the registry entries, because
Netscape did not want to design it that way.
The only way to get it to work is to manually go through
the registry and delete every reference to Netscape, and
then reinstall the application.
- What if you choose to
install a different .jpg or .gif viewer? Or perhaps,
reinstall IE? Even after Netscape is supposedly gone from
the system, when you try to open a .jpg from off the
internet, you will get the error that nescape.exe was not
found. It takes a good 3rd
party uninstaller program like Cleansweep™ to get
Netscape completely off your system.
3. Will not integrate into
MS OS or other products
- Even though Netscape
knows that Microsoft Exchange comes with every version of
Windows 95®, it will not allow the mailto: HTML tag to
operate with Exchange®. Instead, it attempts to register
its own email program, and if you are not using a pop
account, it will not work. You have to edit the
preferences file to get it to work, but you can only find
that out by going to Microsofts tech support site,
or Netscapes tech support site.
- They have neglected
to integrate its product into the Windows OS. Other
companies, like Norton®, even created a whole new shell
for Windows 95 that improved the performance and security
of the operating system.
4. Latest versions are
bloated with 3rd
party apps on primary interface
- The newest versions
are ugly. They are covered with buttons for its secondary
applications like its chat programs and shopping
bookmarks. And what is the deal with all those gross
hashmarks all around the borders? Even though IE comes
with chat, web publishing and editing, netmeeting and
netshow, they dont clutter the primary interface.
The are neatly tucked away under the start menu.
- Notice, that when
they led the web browser industry with Netscape 2.0
3.02, their opening logo was a Ships Wheel,
symbolizing leadership and Navigation? The program was
simple, fast and a breeze to support. Now their logo is a
lighthouse, shouting, "Dont crash!" It is
bloated, ugly, cumbersome and buggy.
Why I hate Netscape™
1. They whine like little
- Next to fingernails
on black boards, the most annoying noise to me is the
chronic crying and whining of a child. Netscape is acting
more and more like a whiny child lately. They accuse
Microsoft of unfair marketing tactics and whine so loud
they drag in the DOJ. Remember when you were a kid and
you got into a scuffle with another kid in the
neighborhood? The other kid was such a baby he had to run
home to Momma and get her to come out and stick up for
him. That leaves the same bad taste in the mouth as what
Netscape is doing.
- Netscape accuses
Microsoft of promoting a product that everyone wants just
because it is free, and claims that the product cant
stand on its own merit. I beg to differ. As stated above,
I prefer IE over Netscape any day. It is Netscape that
has allowed its work to slip, has failed to either design
its own OS or more fully integrate into Windows, and has
failed to do either with a three year head start on
- Remember Mosaic? They
were the internet software company that dominated the
market before Netscape pushed them out of business or at
least into obscurity. They didnt go crying to the
Justice Department when things got tough.
2. Cutting own throats on
the marketplace with software design
- Netscape is slowly
putting its own self out of business due to their blatant
anti-Microsoft philosophy of software design. The refuse
to allow the browser to uninstall itself, refuse to allow
it to integrate with Microsoft OS and products, and
apparently, refuse to come to grips with the fact that
Windows is on 90 percent of Personal Computers.
3. Promote fears of
innovation by bashing Microsoft who carries them Piggyback
- Netscape has been
spreading many rumors about Microsoft attempting to
monopolize the entire computer industry. They confuse
innovation and product design with paranoid feelings of
persecution and hatred. If it werent for Microsoft
providing a platform for Netscape to operate from,
Netscape would not even exist today.
4. Pursued and opened
Pandoras box with the DOJ.
- By pursuing the DOJ
course, Netscape has invited problems for the entire
computing industry. The Federal Government has no right,
nor knowledge of what is best in the free market and
computer industry. Millions of jobs depend on Microsoft
products for daily computer operations, and any actions
to stifle innovation or technological growth will hurt
the countrys economy.
- Microsoft will not be
around forever. But until someone comes out with a
competitive Operating System, they are the software of
choice for this nation and its economy. The free market
will ultimately decide who should replace Microsoft's OS,
and the government should keep its intrusive and
destructive Godzilla-esque beaurocracy to itself.
5. Forced MS to alter
software to include IE4 code to prevent DOJ actions, slowing down
- The threats of the
DOJ has forced Microsoft to more fully integrate its
browser into its operating system and component software,
causing its software to be inoperable without its browser
code. This has not been the way Microsoft used to make
software and the result is a slower, bulkier product. I
blame this degradation in Microsofts quality
directly on Netscape.
I make my salary
supporting Microsoft Products on local area networks. And since
Netscape is whining, unwilling to innovate to the point of
integration into Microsoft products, and causing harm to a
company that indirectly pays my bills, I will not choose to
operate any Netscape products on any local area network I build,
maintain and support.
Netscape sucks, and until
they stop their whining and develop a product that integrates
better with Windows, I will steer no business their way.
You may feel free to email
me with intelligent comments or questions. Keep your email flames
to yourself. My website, my opinions.
Now I'll step off of my
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