Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jan 2010 20:01 UTC
Internet Explorer It would appear that Microsoft will finally take standards compliance in the browser world seriously, after dragging its feet for years. Back in November 2009, the Redmond giant already revealed that Internet Explorer 9 would come with CSS3 and HTML5 support, and now the cup runneth over, as Microsoft has requested to join the W3C's SVG Working Group.
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Oh Brother...
by CaptainN- on Wed 6th Jan 2010 20:43 UTC
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Fist thing - they initiative to "clean up windows" with WIndows 7 is finished (from an article posted on osnews, no time to look it up), so they have the leeway to now start to compete again.

Second thing - they are going to "innovate" the same way they always did - seem to get involved, "embrase" what they like, create new tangental technology to "extend" the current standards, and block anything else. I really can't see anything about what they have been saying, or more importantly how they have been behaving, that would lead me to believe they have changed their tune.

On smart-phones - they are in the same process as with Vista (current version of WinMo is like Vista) - they are continuing to clean up their core OS kernel (windows 7) to make it fit on the phones - when they have completed that, you'll start to hear again about the Zune phone, and a competitive Windows Mobile/Phone/whatever again (they'll probably change the name).

MS is not that hard to figure out - especially when they (rarely) tell you what they've been up to and have been competing the exact same way for decades.

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