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    Firefox 1.1 to appeal to the corporate masses

    The Mozilla Foundation is looking to benefit from the fact that Internet Explorer 7 will not be available on Windows 2000. Win 2k is still widely used by businesses and chances are they'll see the features of IE7 and want in. Mozilla reckon Firefox will be the solution, but they have a few improvements to make before it becomes an appealing application for corporate deployment. Luckily, they seem to appreciate that. ZDNet reports:
    Firefox 1.1, which is due for release this month, will include a range of features to encourage companies to migrate to the open source browser, including an auto-update and preference locking feature.

    The auto-update system, which Dotzler described as a "world-class update system", will allow users to automatically install patches and updates, rather than needing to re-install Firefox each time an update is released. Version 1.1 will also include improved tools to lock-down browser preferences, he said.
    If Firefox 1.1 is easy to deploy, update and manage, then it could well be a success in the corporate scene. Otherwise Firefox will be stuck to the home, the workstations of enthusiasts, and to smaller companies with a lust for F/OSS software.
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    Although having said that, if MS think they'd be losing too much ground, you can bet your buttocks that they'd do a swift u-turn and support 2k.. (not like it's any different functionally from XP anyway)
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    When you've got as much control of FF as you do IE using the GP, that is when you'll start seeing businesses change.

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    it woudl be nice , but with the advent of things like sharepoint , larger firms have no option but to stay with IE
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