Linked by lucas_maximus on Fri 21st Dec 2012 00:09 UTC
Microsoft "In a move that has raised eyebrows, Microsoft has submitted a patch to the WebKit project to extend the open source rendering engine with a prototype implementation of the Pointer Events specification that the company is also working on together with Google, Mozilla, and Opera. WebKit is the rendering engine used in Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome browsers, making Microsoft's work a contribution to products that are in direct competition to its own."
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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by hussam on Fri 21st Dec 2012 16:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
hussam
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2006-08-17

Maybe Microsoft are finally giving up on their own rendering engine, and getting ready to move to WebKit... wouldn't be the end of the world if they did that, would it?

Too later for that ;)
So no, they won't although they have indicated in the past that if they could go back in time and take today's webkit with them, they would have chosen that instead. However it is took late now. Keep in mind that less that 1% of the world knows that there are browsers other than Internet Explorer and the fact that many windows applications are built around the internet explorer html renderer.

Edited 2012-12-21 16:41 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Savior on Fri 21st Dec 2012 19:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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2006-09-02

Keep in mind that less that 1% of the world knows that there are browsers other than Internet Explorer


Luckily, that isn't true anymore. Europe, South America, Asia (sans CJK) has long since left IE behind. And IE usage share is miniscule on smartphones. Also, at least around here, non-computer-savvy people no longer call any browser "Explorer". The world has come a long way in the last five years or so...

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RE[4]: Comment by Drumhellar
by cdude on Tue 25th Dec 2012 13:57 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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2008-09-21

Confirmed. People still tend to get a different picture when looking only at the northern american market or at companies that focus there browser-stats mainly on that market. Reality is, that IE lost huge last years and today its a WebKit and Firefox world.

IE is not even available for most of the today's computer devices sold with Android and iOS. IE is Windows only and the relevance of Windows continues to shrink faster and faster.

Edited 2012-12-25 14:00 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by zima on Wed 26th Dec 2012 19:32 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Keep in mind that less that 1% of the world knows that there are browsers other than Internet Explorer

How do you know that? And even if so few people know what they use, what matters is that a lot more than 1% do use non-IE:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Countries_by_most_used_web_browse...
http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-ww-monthly-200807-201212

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