[thelist] MSN locks out non IE browsers

spinhead evolt at spinhead.com
Mon Oct 29 14:26:51 CST 2001

"We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone"

Isn't it up to the vendor to decide who's business they want? I'm not saying
I agree with ANYTHING Microsoft does, but if the discussion is 'what gives
them the right to dictate which browser is used to view their site' then it
comes back to the question, 'do I (as a vendor) have the right to decide who
I do business with, or am I obligated to sell to anyone with a buck?


----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrew Forsberg" <andrew at thepander.co.nz>
To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org>
Sent: Monday, October 29, 2001 12:14 PM
Subject: RE: [thelist] MSN locks out non IE browsers

> Hi Jeff
> >and if they choose to guarantee that browsers that'll make their site
> >"fucked up" can't see the site at all, that's their right.
> Guy walks into a menswear store -- "I want to try on those shoes" --
> "I'm sorry sir, those are Patrick Cox shoes, and you're wearing red
> socks. I'm afraid I can't let you do that."
> Sure the shoes would look wrong on red socks, but a punter's a
> punter. The punter is there because they're interested in some
> Microsoft product, or Microsoft-related product / service. It doesn't
> make good business sense to turn people away, IMHO.

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