Independent Project Status Reports
Tuesday May 15th, 2001
This week's report features updates from K-Meleon, DocZilla, the Links Panel, and the new Link Element Toolbar. Enjoy!
#92 Re: XP IE.
Sunday May 27th, 2001 7:36 AM
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You are right, but the thing is that new platforms don't just "arise". I have a very hard time imagining any platform in the future ever repeating what Linux has done, and even Linux hasn't even got 1% market share and while I don't have stats, I don't believe the rise in market share for it is climbing as sharply as it was a year ago. There's not exactly saturation yet, but there's certainly not the same drive that there was a year ago.
Let's assume for the sake of the argument that Linux continues to be successful and reaches a 2% market share before the end of this year and the trend would be 3% before 2003. In a situation like this, Microsoft could very well start a port of IE for Linux and they would have plenty of time to complete it. They already have some experience from UNIX with IE so I don't imagine it being impossible.
Of course it's another matter if any Linux users would ever use IE even if it was available for their platform.. But we're talking theory here.