Remember when every new version of Internet Explorer brought a slew of improvements and enhancements to the world wide web? No? Maybe that’s because Microsoft had stopped improving anything in the overall user experience of IE back in 1998 with IE 4.0, non-coincidentally the first IE to be surgically welded into the Windows operating system (in this case, Windows98). Microsoft claimed that Windows 98 heralded a new age of innovation on the Internet.
Obviously, this is not true. In a recent chat about IE in Windows Server 2003, MS admits that much by stating they are dropping support for the standalone version of Internet Explorer. The only way you will see a “new” IE is to go down to Best Buy and buy yourself the next new Windows OS. “Legacy OSes have reached their zenith with the addition of IE 6 SP1,” they claim.
Strategically, MS gains little for continuing to innovate IE and support it for “legacy OSs”. There is no real competition, every Windows PC gets shipped with IE au gratis, in your face on the quick launch bar and Start Menu. Financially, a standalone IE makes no money for MS – so why support it? IE probably just gets its budget from the Explorer component of Windows development.
Obviously, this goes against MS’s public statement that it stands for “innovation”, but this is no surprise. MS probably wouldn’t have supported IE6 this long if the security watchdogs weren’t watching them like hawks.
Now, IE brings value into several MS projects, such as MSN Explorer and Windows, so MS’s logical move is to focus on these things, and not IE itself, which makes no money by itself.
I first switched to Mozilla because I was sick and tired of MS. Now I use Mozilla because it’s just so much more flexible and innovative. I think Opera and Safari users would agree; MS stopped trying years ago. They are simply admitting the
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