Does Microsoft care?



Many seem to report significant increases in non-IE browser usage. As an end-user I've been using Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox on Windows for what seems like ever and lately had to use IE to access some odd web site (changing the user-agent wouldn't work). I was amazed to see that IE was where I left it years ago. Now, I sure it has been updated for security issues and brought up to the latest standards (XSL, DOM, etc...) but nothing for the end-user (tabs, ad-blocker, etc.).

So I'm asking myself, why should Microsoft care? While IE is not what could bring people to Windows, it is certainly what keeps them using this OS. I believe the vast majority of end-users have no idea that they could use an alternate browser (or mail client btw). As always, if something has to change significantly, it needs to first happen inside companies. So while obviously, users of Java Desktop System use Mozilla, I don't see (yet) companies going away from Internet Explorer on Windows, which to me would be the greatest sign of change.

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Normal users are going away, though. My girlfriend used to love her windows. And then, I asked her to install firefox for me, as I couldn't stand using IE. She switched, too. From there, to open office (yay sun! great work there!), it was a small step, since she could now simply save her documents as PDFs and share them with everyone. After some massive security problems with her windows box, I introduced her to Knoppix. She switched and never looked back. She's a happy debian user now. cheers, dalibor topic

Posted by Dalibor Topic on août 24, 2004 at 08:17 AM CEST #

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