Mitchell Baker and the Firefox Paradox (Inc)
Posted Feb 28, 2007 11:09 UTC (Wed) by quintesse
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I would have to ask: what other "marquee MS products" are there for the desktop? Office yes, but what else? I can't think of any.
So IMO in the end Firefox is in a "unique position" accidentally not because it was designed to be. Firefox was lucky that it was targeting a market that MS had ignored because they were not making any money of it. Neither the Linux kernel nor office applications like OOo are in that "luxury" position, MS has always put a lot of money and effort into Windows and Office so distinguishing yourself from the competition by offering an obviously superior product will be much more difficult. It will also mean that MS will react much more quickly when a competitor incorporates some good ideas in their products.
So of course it's good to look at the Firefox project to see if there's something you could learn but I think that it's already obvious what made them successful: make a greatly superior product that appeals to a large group of people that is easy to use without too much limitations when compared to the current leading competitor.
But in the end I think it's the lack of similar circumstances that will make it very difficult to pull of another "Firefox". (That doesn't mean I think it's impossible, I just think it will take much more time because the advantages of switching will be far less obvious to most people).
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