On Wed, 1 Apr 1998 13:48:45 -0500, "David Strauss"
>Between Outlook Express, Outlook 98, Netscape Messenger, and Eudora, you're
>talking millions and millions of users. That's a hell of a lot more people
>than the Unix sysadmins who sit there and trash "Windoze" because they hate
>the fact time moves on without them, and it doesn't follow their preferred
You make many good points. To your list of
HTML-capable mail readers you should add Pegasus
and Lotus Notes. (The latest release of Pegasus,
one of the most popular mail readers in the world,
includes features for reading and composing HTML
messages. IBM is planning to rebuild Lotus Notes
on HTML/XML standards from the ground up.)
Now -- perhaps Netscape, Microsoft, IBM, Eudora
and Pegasus are all controlled by clueless
newbies, but I sincerely doubt that. What is more
likely is that they possess a good understanding
of where mail technology is moving.
The level of uninformed emotion regarding HTML
mail is quite extraordinary. It reminds me very
much of the resistance in some quarters during the
eighties to GUI technology.
Regarding the competition between Unix and Windows
NT: all the latest stats I have seen suggest that
Windows is beginning to make serious inroads in
the traditional Unix market. Bill Gates has
managed to make $50 billion by exploiting the
tendency of his competitors to underestimate
With regard to the future majordomo: the buzz I
hear is that all of majordomo's useful features,
and many more, will be built into future versions
of Windows. Majordomo and similar programs may
well go the way of Trumpet Winsock.