Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Nov 2008 09:45 UTC, submitted by mlauzon
Internet Explorer Most of the popular browsers these days are based on one of the two open source rendering engines - khtml/WebKit and Gecko. The most popular browser, however, is based on proprietary technology: Internet Explorer. Even though IE made some progress during the past few years, it's no secret that it took Microsoft far too long to counter the success of Mozilla's Firefox. Currently, Microsoft is working (and thus, spending money) on Internet Explorer 8, and this prompted an audience member during a keynote by Steve Ballmer to ask an interesting question: is it worth spending money on IE, with so many open source engines readily available? Ballmer's reply may surprise you.
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Never say never
by mweichert on Fri 7th Nov 2008 22:03 UTC
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This wouldn't be the first open source technology for Microsoft to endorse. Technologies such as Kerberos have been implemented in Windows for some time now.


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RE: Never say never
by japh on Sat 8th Nov 2008 23:59 in reply to "Never say never"
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Let's just hope they would treat webkit better than kerberos then, because that's one of the things that Microsoft has gotten lots of criticism for.

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RE[2]: Never say never
by mweichert on Sun 9th Nov 2008 22:00 in reply to "RE: Never say never"
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Yes, I agree. I was just saying; I can't help but think that the "well, we've taken this approach before - we can do it again" has a chance of coming up more than once as Microsoft finds themselves in situations where they are "lagging behind".

Personally, I think the more they do this and the more fingers pointed at them acknowledging what they are doing, that good will come - not any significant degree, but enough to make one smile. ;)


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