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Re: Firefox Users Won't Be Buying On Windows Live Shopping

  • Subject: Re: Firefox Users Won't Be Buying On Windows Live Shopping
  • From: Mark Kent <mark.kent@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 23:33:57 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • References: <1146756368.936399.212820@j33g2000cwa.googlegroups.com> <1146758139.73750.0@demeter.uk.clara.net> <1809102.oIgFhZyHSm@schestowitz.com>
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Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ BearItAll ] on Thursday 04 May 2006 16:55 \__
>> nessuno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
>>> "Windows Live Shopping apparently has message for Firefox users: Don't
>>> bother. It seems that the comparison shopping site just doesn't work
>>> with the open-source browser.
>>> " Microsoft Corp. has released in beta this week its  Windows Live
>>> Shopping site, but Firefox users will have to switch to Internet
>>> Explorer if they want to look for bargains.
>>> "A visitor trying to access the new site with Firefox on Wednesday
>>> found his browser directed to a page that said, 'We're sorry. Windows
>>> Live Shopping Beta does not yet support Firefox. We're working to
>>> correct this as soon as possible.'
>> "Working to correct it", my arse. The browser is a view on a page created
>> at the remote server, the only reason browsers are excluded is because they
>> choose to exclude them, it has nothing at all to do with functionality.
> Live.com could become one more site/network to deter the avid Firefox user
> (on Microsoft Windows) from ever using it again. Us Open Source advocated
> would be more stubborn, but not Joe Average.
> Some months ago I recommended Firefox to a colleague (a Microsoft fan). After
> a while he returned and said that he couldn't get a video to play in Firfox
> (or something to that effect). He also added "it's better to have half a
> loaf (IE) than no loaf at all (Firefox incompatible/denied)".

It maketh no sense.  As he can't remove IE anyway, what's the problem?
What kind of culture has grown up around these things that one and only
one browser can be used?  Why not more than one?  Why not 10, or 100?

The logical conclusion of the 'one app' approach is that, in the end,
Microsoft will release one monolithic code-block which will do
everything.  ie2009XP or something.  Presumably it'll come in 'standard'
and 'professional' forms, of course.

| Mark Kent   --   mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk  |
"Everybody is talking about the weather but nobody does anything about it."
-- Mark Twain

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