Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 23:57 UTC
Internet Explorer "At last year's PDC, held in November, Microsoft showed a graph showing scores of a variety of Web browsers in the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark, to show off the progress that the company was making with Internet Explorer 9. Another such graph was shown off at the recent MIX event. What was most interesting about the graph was not IE9's progress, but Opera's."
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RE[2]: Wrong question.
by Laurence on Wed 24th Mar 2010 12:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Wrong question."
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"A 100% standards-compliant browser would hurt their attempts at monopolizing the market.
What market? The lucrative browser market? "

Arguably speaking, the OS market.

If everything continues to move over to "the cloud" (and MS have been talking about building subscription based online replacements for their desktop tools for at least a decade now) then Windows will become irrelevant if everything is cross-platform and standards compliment.

So if you can some how argue that the web works "better" on Windows than on ChromeOS, FF on Linux or Safari on OS X (etc) then Windows is still seen as the flagship OS for application availability.

This is why they keep pushing their own technologies like Silverlight. Sure Silverlight is cross platform (now), but if it becomes the primary method for pushing media-rich and/or interactive web services, then I'd bet Silverlight support on non-Microsoft platforms will quickly fall behind Silverlight development on Microsoft's own operating systems. Thus people will be enticed further towards Microsoft's own products.

Microsoft have always been very very good at knowing when to give away products and when to sell them. And they know full well that if you want to make money online, the best way is to give your browser away for free.

Heck, Google do exactly the same with Chrome, Android and ChromeOS. Drive consumers to your products by giving away other products for free (even Supermarkets use a similar technique here in the UK: they have huge deals on alcohol - often selling them at a loss - so customers pop in for a create of beer and pop out with a weeks worth of shopping).

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