Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 19th Mar 2006 01:44 UTC
Internet Explorer At its Mix '06 designer confab next week, Microsoft will distribute a 'layout-complete' IE 7.0 test build, yet another step along the way toward the final IE 7.0 release, and talk IE futures, too.
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RE: In the beginning
by WorknMan on Sun 19th Mar 2006 15:54 UTC in reply to "In the beginning"
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I remember back when Netscape was king. I knew plenty of people switching to IE because it was "better" than Netscape. Even friends of mine that hate MS with a passion used IE in those times. Nutscrape really did suck back then, I'm sorry to say.

I remember when Communicator 4 came out - vs IE4, it was really an even race. But when IE5 came out, that pretty much sealed Netscape's fate. And what does Netscape do? Instead of trying to build a better mouse trap, they went whinning to the government. Of COURSE nbody wanted to pay for it, because it sucked ass.

After IE5, MS pretty much went to sleep until recently, as Firefox was starting to eat away at IE's marketshare.

Thing is though, it is a good thing it happened this way. Why? Because one of two things would've probably happened otherwise:

a) All the things we see going into IE7 - improved security, RSS, tabbed browsing (plus pop-up blocking in IE6 SP2), etc ... all these features would've happened 4-5 years had MS continued to develop IE. Know what that means? An even bigger stranglehold on the browser market - everyone who is currently using Firefox on Windows would be using IE right now. Because if IE had all of Firefox's features years ago, who would have bothered to switch? Only those who are 'politically' motivated, which means very few.

b) If Netscape had won the browser wars, it probably would have never been open sourced, and we'd probably be up to Communicator 5 or 6, with only incremental improvements and a non-standard Netscape browser (anybody remember the LAYER tag)? Netscape would be just like IE is now. Hell, Mozilla would never have existed to begin with it.

The fact that Microsoft basically quit developing Internet Explorer after IE5 is the very reason why we now have Firefox, so we should thank them for sitting on their laurels all this time ;)

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RE[2]: In the beginning
by edwdig on Sun 19th Mar 2006 20:06 in reply to "RE: In the beginning"
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2005-08-22

If Netscape had won the browser wars, it probably would have never been open sourced, and we'd probably be up to Communicator 5 or 6, with only incremental improvements and a non-standard Netscape browser (anybody remember the LAYER tag)?

Let's not forget why LAYER wasn't standard. Netscape came up with the idea and started working on it, intending to go present it to the W3C with a working demo. Microsoft saw it and did something similar but different (DIV) and went to the W3C before Netscape did.

DIV and LAYER really aren't that different, so the W3C just went along with the first one that was presented to it. The faults with layers were in the implementation, not the concept.

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