AOLTW Announces Sony Pact

Tuesday November 13th, 2001

Normally we wouldn't mention this, except there was a key quote that we thought should be highlighted in the press release:

* The joint development of an Internet browser designed for optimal performance, a consistent experience, and greater convenience on networked consumer electronic devices. Both companies envision not only employing the browser in future Sony products but also making it available to other consumer electronics manufacturers.
Could we soon see Mozilla on Sony devices like the Playstation or other pc based devices?

#70 Re: Re: Re: Maybe....

by macpeep

Monday November 19th, 2001 4:30 AM

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"It is true that Microsoft wants developers to use their proprietary Windows-only Explorer-only software format instead of Netscape plugins for all their usual dastardly reasons."

Well, for a lot of reasons, I'm sure. It is also true that architectually, it's much nicer to use ActiveX for plugins since the rest of the browser is based on it. Kinda like Mozilla plugins being based on XPCOM. Microsoft simply has no interest or reason to support Netscape plugins. Users don't really know the difference anyway and Netscape plugins aren't a "standard" or anything so why support them instead of using ActiveX? Why help the competition? There's absolutely zero reason for Microsoft to have two plugin mechanisms in the browser when one suits their purpose completely and is controlled by themselves and the other is an age old, not widely used (anymore, since all plugins for IE have been ActiveX for ages) standard that adds nothing but bloat to the codebase.