Maxthon CEO Talks About Microsoft’s Antitrust Case and Future Plan of Maxthon Browser

August 6, 2009

BEIJING, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Recently, Maxthon CEO Jeff Chen was
interviewed by China Times (http://www.chinatimes.cc ) on the latest trends
in browser development in China and the rest of the world. Here is a condensed
version of the interview.

China Times: Recently in Europe, Microsoft conceded for the first time on
the bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows system, Is this an opportunity
for other browser developers? If so, what does Maxthon think about this

Chen: Following its concession on the bundling of Windows Media Player,
Microsoft, under enormous pressure, had to concede further, on the bundling of
Internet Explorer. This indicates that Internet browsers are playing more and
more a major role in the Internet industry, and have become a strategic matter
in many countries. While the concession will likely encourage many new
entrants to the browser development business and inevitably heat up the
competition, it also provides an opportunity for fairer competition. As for
Maxthon, we welcome such change as this could increase our exposure to general
users. As the biggest Chinese-made browser brand in Chinese, we always explore
ways to introduce our high quality product to more users. Certainly this new
opportunity is equal to every browser developer. So we will be putting even
more efforts on product research and development to win users with quality.

[The interview was conducted before the details of Microsoft's
"concession" had been fully made public. Microsoft suggested that all computer
users in Europe would choose among 10 browsers from an on-screen menu. But the
plan also called for banning from the ballot any browsers that use the same
rendering engine that Microsoft uses to display Web pages. That would
eliminate Maxthon and other browsers as a choice for Europeans. Maxthon is
currently studying ways to counter Microsoft's suggestion. See
http://tinyurl.com/n4zybs for further details of the Microsoft plan.]

China Times: Is the development of Maxthon 3.0 [which will use a
non-Microsoft rendering engine in addition to the one it now shares with
Internet Explorer] a sign that Chinese developers are moving to the non-IE
sector? What are the advantages of using a non-IE rendering engine?

Chen: Since Maxthon released its first version 2002, Maxthon has always
been a leading developer of browsers in China that use some Microsoft tools.
Maxthon has also won a lot of worldwide honors for Chinese developers. Yet we
always regret that Chinese-made browsers have barely any involvement in the
development of browser engines. We believe that a genuine browser developer
must have the ability to develop a browser engine. Eventually Maxthon
established a team early last year and officially entered the browser engine
development sector. With these core technologies, we can make drastic
improvements in speed, security, and stability. And only with the development
of our own core technologies can we say we are on the same ground with the
foreign competitors.

China Times: How does Maxthon view the browser war? What are the impacts
to the industry in the future?

Chen: Worldwide, the browser competition is more about the promotion of
Web standards and anti-monopoly. Adopting Web standards will improve content
creation and user experience, and abolishing monopoly will lead to fairer
competition and a healthier environment. Both benefit the industry in the long
term. In China, the competition is more confined comparatively. We hope that
browser developers in China can give user experience and technology
improvements the highest priority, collaboratively advance relevant
technologies, and facilitate web site standardization. These will be
instrumental to unifying the Internet industry in China with the rest of the
world. The market share of IE is dropping rapidly in China. At this rate, a
full-scale browser war could soon break out in China. We hope that developers
would compete constructively and improve together for the benefit of users.

China Times: Due to the rise of 3G networks, cell phone browsing will be a
trend. How do you see the 3G market?

Chen: 3G is hot. But there are a lot of variables. At the moment we are
more inclined to wait and see.

    For more information, please contact:

    Western Hemisphere
     Ron White
     Email: ron@maxthon.com
     Tel:   +1-210-683-1444

    Eastern Hemisphere:
     firs73 a.k.a Selena
     Email: firs73@maxthon.net
     Tel:   +86-138-1027-3713


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