The New IE5 Feature Set...

Wednesday November 4th, 1998

George Giannukos writes in, "This article [a CNet article at Netscape's TechNews site] lists many of the new features that will be in IE5. Some very interesting ones I must say."

Sounds like MS is taking some moves from the Mozilla playbook. Who wants to place a wager on which group's solutions are more proprietary?

Also, maybe someone can answer a question for me. Why is it that whenever CNet does an article about Netscape, they always seem to have a MS spin doctor's words to finish out the article? Why does this article have no spin from the Netscape camp?

#16 Re:The New IE5 Feature Set...

by Gab

Sunday November 8th, 1998 3:46 AM

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The idea that where-ever MS leads everyone has to follow, because of the MS market share is foolish nonsense. There are lots of MS standards that have been quietly killed.. for instance their own version of the web (called 'blackbird') for content creation for MSN.

Or their effort to give away free word document viewers to make the 'word document' the standard for the web.

Active X...Remember that? it was going to take over the web and make everyone not using windows second class citizens. MS are now grudgingly make noises about supporting CORBA better.

Netscape should support the best technologies, keep working with the standards bodies and keep innovating. They should NOT slavishly follow MS for fear of not fitting in.

Remember in internet space the number of non-windows machines accessing web pages is LARGE. What's more I think it will grow as more consumer devices become net-enabled.

For example, there's a supermarket chain here in the UK that built a web interface where you could order stuff and get it delivered. - it was built with MS technology as that's what they used inhouse and MS kindly helped out.... they got a hell of a rocket up their arse when it was discovered about ~40% of potential customers couldn't use it.

They won't make that mistake again.