Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Jul 2009 19:10 UTC
Internet & Networking We've been talking about the browser ballot screen for a while now, which led to some obvious questions we couldn't answer. As it turns out (and I completely missed this), Microsoft actually posted a fairly detailed description of its proposal [.doc] on its website last Friday. It details everything from what it means not to have Internet Explorer installed to what the ballot screen will look like.
Thread beginning with comment 375762
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: Ballot for everything
by poundsmack on Tue 28th Jul 2009 20:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Ballot for everything"
poundsmack
Member since:
2005-07-13

Actually Thom, when it was just IE and Netcape having IE in there did basically kill off Netscape. Also when MS used to bundle Office on computers at most retail stores that pretty much killed word perfect. They started doing things things right when their competitors could have grabbed a real foot hold in the market.

Of course now it's totally different, and both the 2 products I mentioned had companies that worked with the OEM's for inclusion with windows as the defaults (Music match Jukebox also comes ot mind).

But, in this current market, a media player and a web brsowers are common place. To not have them is a disservice to the customer, and I do not sympathise with any company that isn't willing to play the game to get their product included on a system they themselves didn't create. This is not the late 90's, stop treating MS like it is. They did anti competitive things then, now they are doing the same as every other OS provider out there. The issue should have been dismissed in court with prejudice...

Edited 2009-07-28 20:15 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 3

google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

The thing that most people seem to forget when they bring up the netscape thing, is by the end, netscape *really* sucked. It was a thorn in the side of web developers the same way IE6 is now, where special time always had to be alotted to working through its "quirks".

I always wonder if Netscape had won the browser wars, if we would all be using their proprietary LAYER extensions rather then the CSS standards that ms adopted in IE.

Reply Parent Score: 4