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> Aaron Skonnard wrote:
> > Don't read too much into "made it happen". I was using Champion's
> > from the previous email. More precisely: the Web didn't fully
> > society until the major vendors got behind it.
> It was doubling in size every year. Eventually a got big enough that
> big vendors couldn't afford to avoid it (though they tried!). Remember
> that IBM's view of the hypertext future was Notes and Microsoft's was
> BlackBird. They went with the Web because otherwise they would have
> irrelevant, not the other way around.
> 'The decision, announced earlier this month, puts an end to one of the
> on-line industry's most infamous "shadow" products, one that was
> expected to be Microsoft's secret weapon against on-line services,
> as America Online, as well as the World Wide Web itself.'
> Now they get credit for "making it happen." Amazing!
> Paul Prescod
I give full credit to TBL for "inventing" the Web and the technologies
it was built on. I give credit to vendors like Netscape and MS for
making it ubiquitous today (and I'm not going to defend MS's business
No matter how much you despise big cos, they too played a significant
role in getting where we are today. And I believe they'll play an even
more significant role in the future of Web services.