Sunday, July 24, 2005

Dean Esmay notes version 7 of MS Internet Explorer can only run on XP, and Firefox thinks it will give their browser a boost.

It's sort of amusing to see software companies drooling over Microsoft's table scraps.

Ah, well. They're the 900-lb gorilla, and they didn't get there by being fully open-source and backward-compatible but by buying/reverse-engineering everyone else's software and adding it to their operating system package. The software world innovates, Microsoft assimilates. Remember WordPerfect, Lotus 1-2-3, Netscape Navigator?

"We are Microsoft. You will be assimilated. We will add the functional and technological distinctiveness of your products to our own. Your company will adapt to service ours."

"Resistance is futile."

I'm not a huge MS basher. Microsoft does serve a useful aggregation-for-convenience function to the consumer, and generally the people innovating useful products get rich anyway. Still, like everyone else, I love to see them get tweaked by Firefox and others.

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