Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Mar 2010 16:54 UTC
Internet Explorer As predicted, more Microsoft news from MIX10, and this is some big stuff: Internet Explorer 9. As we all know, Microsoft really let Internet Explorer rot away, allowing competitors to make much better browsers with better standards compliance and performance. With IE9, Microsoft is aiming to not just close that gap - but to overtake the competition. Update: Ars has an in-depth look at the platform preview.
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RE[2]: Not actually new...
by beowuff on Tue 16th Mar 2010 18:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Not actually new..."
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Well, there use to be a ton of IE specific tags that were not part of any specification. They tried to do the same thing with the MS Java VM. And are currently doing it with XML in Office.

I think the non standard tags helped kill off Netscape's popularity, though they had their own non standard tags as they were trying to do the same thing to IE. It back fired with the MS JVM partly because Sun owned Java. XML in Office appears to be working. This is, of course, simply my opinion.

Also, I am not arguing moving more towards a standard base. You can support a standard base while still adding in extra stuff that doesn't break the standard. It can be part of what helps one to differentiate yourself from the competition.

Edited 2010-03-16 18:52 UTC

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