Despite the statements made by Firefox Chief Architect, Mike Conner, the Mozilla Foundation is supporting the EU’s Antitrust Action against Microsoft, Corp. The Mozilla Foundation is siding with browser also-ran Opera in complaining to the EU that Microsoft is competing unfairly by bundling Internet Explorer with their Operating System.
This really makes no since when you look at the rapid and increasing growth of Firefox in the browser market. Despite ease of access to Internet Explorer consumers are choosing to use competitors browsers.
Connor said, referring to Firefox’s ever improving market share, which now stands at just over 20% worldwide. “It’s asserting that bundling leads to market share. I don’t know how you can make the claim with a straight face,” he said.
“As people become aware there’s an alternative, you don’t end up in that [monopoly] situation. You have to be perceptibly better [than Internet Explorer],” Connor added.
According to the US, to be a monopoly, you must have two-thirds of the market and this has been a concern at Mozzila HQ:
Connor admits the prospect of achieving monopoly status – defined as two thirds of the market in the US – has been a topic of discussion at Mozilla HQ. “We are kind of worried about the monopoly thing,” Connor admitted in an exclusive interview with PC Pro. “We don’t want to kill everybody else.”