[thelist] MSN locks out non IE browsers

Jon Hall jonhall at ozline.net
Thu Oct 25 20:21:03 CDT 2001

Everyone stop and think a moment. I dont like a lot of things MS does, but
the anti-ms kneejerk reactions are annoying.
Microsoft has done everyone of us a favor here. All you complainers should
send an email to the msn staff thanking them.

To illustrate why, I'll ask who are the people who still have msn.com as
their home page?

The answer is all of the grandmas who dont even know how to change their
home page and we can assume never have upgraded their browsers since they
first got their Win95 machine. These people are the reason why we cannot
always assume IE4+ and NS6+ which are the browsers all grandma's should be

The ability to assume IE4+ and NS6+ for every web site is a great burden off
of our shoulders as I am sure everyone here knows. Microsoft probably has
gotten more people to upgrade in one day than the WASP people have in 6

Now if Yahoo would only do the same thing...


p.s. This is the same reason why .Net subscription schemes are a good thing
for us as developers. Microsoft might just be looking to get richer, but it
ends up saving developers time too.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Daniel J. Cody" <djc at starkmedia.com>
To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2001 12:51 PM
Subject: [thelist] MSN locks out non IE browsers

> http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,5098787,00.html
> "If you are seeing this page, we have detected that the browser that you
> are using will not render MSN.com correctly."
> So much for the hope that MS wouldn't go towards an "IE only" web. Not
> that I use MSN.com, but how long till it happens on other MS sites like
> Hotmail, MoneyCentral, etc?
> *sigh*
> .djc.
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