“I think it can now be safely said, in hindsight, that Microsoft’s entry into the browser business and its subsequent linking of the browser into the Windows operating system looks to be the worst decision—and perhaps the biggest, most costly gaffe—the company ever made. I call it the Great Microsoft Blunder,” John C. Dvorak writes for PC Magazine. “All of Microsoft’s Internet-era public-relations and legal problems (in some way or another) stem from Internet Explorer. If you were to put together a comprehensive profit-and-loss statement for IE, there would be a zero in the profits column and billions in the losses column—billions. The joke of it is that Microsoft is still working on this dead albatross and is apparently ready to roll out a new version, since most of the smart money has been fleeing to Firefox or Opera. This means new rounds of patches and lost money.”
Dvorak writes, “Microsoft should pull the browser out of the OS and discontinue all IE development immediately. It should then bless the Mozilla.org folks with a cash endowment and take an investment stake in Opera, to influence the future direction of browser technology from the outside in. Then, Microsoft can worry about security issues that are OS-only in nature, rather than problems compounded by Internet Explorer.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Scott” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: The U.S. should just hook up John C. Dvorak to a steam-powered generator and we’d all have free electricity for as long as he lives. Now, in this case, by chance, Dvorak’s actually correct. IE causes nothing but headaches for Microsoft. Internet Explorer is the Windows of browsers. Of course we mean that in the worst possible way. That 80% or so still use IE should tell you just about all you need to know about the majority of humans. Furthermore, those that design web sites to be Internet Explorer-only are talentless hacks.
On a Mac, we use Safari, FireFox, Camino, and Netscape in that order. If stuck with a Windows PC, we’d use FireFox with a Safari-like theme.
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