Mozilla Article at News.com; MS Trips Up in Messaging War
Friday August 13th, 1999
Paul Festa of News.com takes another shot at summarizing the state of the browser war.
Also, in other news on the MS/AOL fistfight, it appears MS has tripped up (free subscription required at the N.Y. Times site). Someone from MS apparently posed as an independent programmer, and wrote a letter to Richard Smith, a computer security expert with significant clout with the press, detailing supposed security issues raised by AOL's blocking of MSN Messenger clients.
Smith traced the mail back to Microsoft. Microsoft apparently hasn't found the culprit, but they used the opportunity to state the same attack on AOL seen in the forged letter - "It's unfortunate they're putting user security at risk."
#10 OK.. but
Friday August 13th, 1999 4:49 PM
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Actually, until MS gets the lead they follow standards. Then they think that they should make some extensions (Java and DNS are good examples). There are actually a whole bunch of internet standards that Microsoft has helped with.
But blind hate against MS will not get you anywhere. Personally I'm very annoyed with ICQ and can wait to dump it. But to convince my friends to switch there must be a standard. That way people who prefer MS looks can use that and I can use my Linux client.