microsoft — Broken Links Archive

On Internet Explorer and Microsoft

I’m not a blind Microsoft-basher, neither am I an MS fanboy (in fact, I think the whole idea of aligning yourself with any single technology or brand is pretty narrow-minded). I think MS do some things well, and some things poorly. I am going to have a bit of a pop at them at the end of this article, but I’m going to start by defending them.

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Microsoft ‘may consider’ Webkit in IE

Steve Ballmer has said that Microsoft “may look at” using Webkit in future versions of Internet Explorer (contradicting Chris Wilson’s statement last year that they wouldn’t). I really can’t see it; at least, not in the near future. Perhaps for Windows Mobile, as Webkit is proving itself in the mobile space, but almost certainly not on the desktop.


Links Round-Up: Firefox, Microsoft, Yahoo

The last month has seen me completely immersed in User Experience theory and Information Architecture for my new role, and it’s been a very hectic time. While that hasn’t stopped me from keeping an eye on developments on the web, it’s given me less time to write about them.

Here’s a quick round-up of a few links that have grabbed my interest over the past weeks; I’d like to write more about them, but time forbids.

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EOT as a new standard: too late?

Microsoft are trying to get people interested in the old EOT embedded font format by submitting it to the W3C as an open standard. Font foundry Ascender Corporation are behind them. I think this wouldn’t be an issue now if Microsoft had submitted this as an open standard five years ago, but that it may be too late now that their rivals are going down the route of font linking.


IE8 opt-in: no problem after all?

After two days of commotion regarding the Internet Explorer team’s decision to include a standards opt-in in the next version of their browser, Mozilla’s John Resig has noticed something rather important in an exchange on IE’s Chris Wilson’s blog; namely:

Internet Explorer 8 will support DOCTYPE switching for new DOCTYPEs (like HTML5).

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IE8 opt-in: reaction from other browser makers

Predictably, yesterday’s announcement from Microsoft about the new standards opt-in switch has created quite a stir in the web development community. As I noted yesterday, the reaction from the other browser makers would be quite important — and it looks as if they’re not interested.

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