__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Wednesday 26 April 2006 06:57 \__
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> B Gruff <bbgruff@xxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> On Friday 21 April 2006 12:15 Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> "My guess is that when IE7 goes gold, more people will be driven to start
>>> using Firefox"
>> I really can't comment on IE7, not having tried it. However, I do get the
>> impression that there are signs of MS "reforming" to some extent. By
>> that, I mean that various articles which I have read seem to imply that
>> that IE7 will "break" a good many web sites, in that sites which were
>> written to "exploit" IE's foibles (thereby making them "IE only" sites)
>> will break, and need to be modified to make them "standard" as it were.
> I find it hard to believe that Microsoft will do this. I suspect that
> they'll continue to support the non-standard aspects of IE in some way.
>> Is there any truth in this?
>> If so, to my mind IE7 will be A Very Good Thing indeed. In itself it
>> would not necessarily promote Firefox or any other browser, but it would
>> level the playing field and remove what is for all practical purposes
>> lock-in" in the browser market. Sure, IE will still be bundled with
>> Windows (but so is Firefox here - by Dell!), but the equivalent of
>> "proprietary formats" would be removed, would it not?
> Indeed t'would be a good thing! Though not a likely one, I think. The
> only reason I can imagine why MS would go this way, though, is if they
> see a lock-in opportunity somewhere else, and/or don't see the browser
> as important any more.
> That said, with Apache running something like 70% of internet sites
> (although perhaps 90% of active sites, as Microsoft persuade registrars
> to park unused sites on Windows 2003), and Firefox as something like 20%
> and growing, the web is moving rapidly to open standards and open
> source. W3Schools put firefox at 25% for 2006, with up to almost 40% in
> Finland and Germany.
,----[ Quote ]
| The obvious question is, did Microsoft pay Go Daddy or offer any incentive
| to move its parked domains to Windows? Adelman declined to clear up
| that issue one way or the other. "We can't discuss the technical aspects of
| our industry relationships."
Re. Firefox usage:
http://www.xitimonitor.com/etudes/equipement13.asp (in French)
> Whilst the man in the street hasn't recognised the lock-in risk, many
> CIOs and CTOs have, so I do not think that MS could get away with a
> direct and overt lock-in play. I expect that Windows Vista will have
> some more subtle lock-in methods waiting to entrap the unwary.
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| He (Todd) highlighted Vista's integrated Internet search, digital rights
| management and software that would create fixed document formats
| comparable to Adobe's pdf.
> Ah well, if you want to avoid such lock-in, then use Linux!
Preferably a community-driven distribution as well.
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