Scott Hanselman

Is Safari just Phoenix? I mean, really, Home, Forward, Back, Google. How hard is that?

January 7, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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Maybe this is obvious, or maybe I'm insane, but it seems to me (from the outside)  that Apple's new Safari WebBrowser is just a Apple-Branded version of the Mozilla Project's Phoenix Browser.  The position of the built-in Google text box next to the address bar is what tipped me off.  Maybe I'm wrong.

I've been a IE user (who isn't?) forever, although I've made half-assed attempts to switch as I saw something better come out.  I tried Netscape 6, Mozilla at various phases, all the early Gecko-based stuff.  I even went through my whole "Opera" phase back when it still fit on a floppy. 

But, I'm using Phoenix full time now on Windows XP Pro.  I even make the scary "default browser" final step.  IE doesn't even show up on my desktop.  It's an odd feeling.

Also interesting to me is that we spent the better part of ten years putting bells and whistles (and menus and buttons and hot keys) into Browsers, and now we are stripping them out. 

I mean, really, Home, Forward, Back, Google. How hard is that?

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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