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Microsoft Sometimes, the sheer size of a company like Microsoft can make it quite hard to see and realise just how large and profitable such a company can really be. In these kinds of situations, there's nothing like a clear graph to make all those pretty numbers tangible. Up to a point.
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... and their online division
by deathshadow on Sun 14th Feb 2010 08:52 UTC
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2005-07-12

Probably wouldn't be a money pit if they had anyone over there who understood HTML/CSS, and didn't require more hosting than god herself to handle the complete bull of poorly written code using hundreds of K of HTML, CSS and javascript to deliver single digit K of content. Javascript inlined in the markup, CSS inlined in the markup, presentational markup AND div's thrown at code willy-nilly...

Hell, just look at a search result page from BING - 50k of HTML just to deliver ~3k of CDATA... or Hotmail using 122k of 'documents', and lord knows how much javascript (since they load it in such a convoluted manner the web dev toolbar can't even figure it out) just to show 3.4k of CDATA that makes up the average inbox page.

They can just barely make a browser, for a web presence? They just don't get it and the people they have working on it are OBVIOUSLY not qualified to hold their jobs...

as evidenced by such wonderful gems as:
<script>Browser={isFF:true,isFF2:true,isFF3:false};</script&g t;
<script src="http://gfx6.hotmail.com/mail/15.1.3028.1103/cmpt0.js"></scri...

or

<div id="c_header" class="c_hb" style="min-width:987px;"><div class="c_hta"><div class="c_hg" style="background-image:url(http://gfx1.hotmail.com/mail/uxp/w4/m1/pr06/h/g.png);padding-bottom:7px;"><div class="c_h" style=""><div class="c_hl" style="top:12px;">http://shared.live.com/"" <span class="c_is" style="padding-left:18px;font-size:17px;line-height:17px;vertical-ali gn:middle;margin-right:3px;"><span style="clip: rect(0px 18px 17px 0px);left:0px;top:0px;"><img src="http://gfx1.hotmail.com/mail/uxp/w4/m1/pr06/h/s3.png" alt="Windows Live" /></span></span><span class='c_hbrnd'>Windows Live<span class="c_tm">™</span></span></div><div class="c_hc"><div class="inCenter" style="margin-right:4.5em;;"><ul class="c_ht"><li>http://shared.live.com/Live.Mail"" Home</li>

Ineptitude, they name is Microsoft web developers.

As I said on a blog entry about a year ago:
http://my.opera.com/deathshadow/blog/2008/11/05/rubbish-code-from-a...

What they did to hotmail with the new version they shoved down everyone's throat should have resulted in people getting FIRED.

AJAX for nothing and your scripts for free - huh, that ain't working...

Edited 2010-02-14 08:59 UTC

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