[thelist] MSN locks out non IE browsers

Plunkett, Matt MPlunkett at MSA.com
Fri Oct 26 12:10:48 CDT 2001

I think this is the most important consideration.  MSN is probably not the
same portion of Microsoft that creates the browser.  MSN and IE are very
separate parts of a large company.  MSN is not just a site that promotes IE,
it is used by many people for email, news, and so on.  Yanking competing
browsers by name off their site shows a pretty big conflict of interest. 

As much as we might like IE because it makes our lives as web developers
easier, competition is usually a healthy thing.  Without competition, maybe
we'd all be using lynx today.  I, for one, am not interested in a world
where Microsoft gets to define the standards (think J++, the scrolling
marquee tag, and so on).

People rightfully objected to this blatant ploy by Microsoft, and I'm
thankful that they retreated.

<tip type="coldfusion">
	At a session at DevCon, I learned that cfscript can be up to 20%
faster than using functions within ColdFusion tags. 

	-----Original Message-----
	From:	John Meyer [SMTP:john_meyer at geocities.com]
	Sent:	Friday, October 26, 2001 10:11 AM
	To:	thelist at lists.evolt.org
	Subject:	Re: [thelist] MSN locks out non IE browsers

	In an added note, we know that the art site isn't trying to push its
	browser out the door, like Microsoft is. 

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