IE7: A Stepping Stone to a New Microsoft

I know people harp on Microsoft for all of their products. Internet Explorer has been one of the most common places people take shots at the corporation. I too dislike a lot of Microsoft, but you have to give them credit for what they do. When you have 90% of the market, virus writers are going to go after it. Microsoft is going through a transition right now and I think it’s for the better.

We all know that Bill Gates will be stepping down in 2008, but I think the direction of the company is already starting to change. IE7 and Vista are just there to bring along bigger and better products. They have worked hard on IE7 bringing up much of it’s compliance. Now, although it still has the worst compliance, we can all agree that it has gotten much better. The UI has also taken a step for the better. They don’t want to innovate that much now because they need to catch up to the rest of the pack. Once they are on-par with the rest of them (firefox, opera, safari), there will be new features added. It’s always going to be a game of cat and mouse. IE7 introduced an anti-phishing feature which wasn’t in any of the other browsers. Now FireFox 2 has that feature in it.

This is the same in Vista. Even though it may be a resource hog and take a lot of graphic proccessing power, it still has WAY more features than most operating systems. Although Linux is gaining steam, it will probably never catch up with the popularity of proffessional software.

With IE8 and Vienna, Microsoft should bring about a new age of innovation in the company and FOSS. As long as this competition exists and they are each a threat to each other, there is always going to be a new product or feature on the horizon.


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