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Oh.  Ok.  They reacted by building a faster and better browser 
than Netscape and giving it away just as Netscape did.  They 
also strong armed the packaging and got bit for that. Now they 
are facing innovation pressure from the likes of Opera, thus, 
they are about to offer an upgrade for features such as pop-up 
ad blocking.  I personally don't think they will be able to 
not improve IE because Opera isn't going away and the Mozies 
are relentless.  They could at some point, just let them have 
the browser market but I don't think that likely either because 
that screws up the "you can develop for the browser by just 
recompiling" strategy.  Given how much the Mozies hate Microsoft, 
they would quickly stick it to Redmond with incompatibilities just 
as MS did. The only difference is the Mozies would brag about it 
in public where the 'softies called it 'enhancement'.  

Nope, MS gets to lug around some version of IE until the sun becomes a 
dwarf.  XAML is a new client type that can use web services. It 
lives and dies on its own merits, but again, the principle of 
independent invention says rich clients are valid.  We'll see 
how well they sell and if standardization happens.  I think it 
will. The question is where and when.

The sad thing about the Spy Vs Spy game is that no matter how 
long these antagonists played, no matter how dire the revenge 
or clever the conspiracy, in the next issue of MAD, they played again. 
Sometimes black won; sometimes white, but they are eternal.

The cycle is endless and perhaps is meant to be.


From: Rich Salz [mailto:rsalz@datapower.com]

Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> It would be interesting if true.  It isn't true.

It's more than just O/S.  Part of the early postings on this thread were 
about the browser-as-platform and how Redmond reacted to that threat.


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