Why bother with used ammunition?
Posted by aogFriday, 19 November 2004 at 12:36 TrackBack Ping URL

Dean’s World has been pushing the Firefox browser for a while, and now The Brothers Judd have joined in.

I use Firefox, IE and Opera. I prefer Opera myself. It’s much like Firefox but with additional features I find very useful, such as being able to re-order the tabs. That’s very nice when one is doing web work (such as building plugin modules for Movable Type).

What is interesting is the puzzlement of many about why IE is a dead end product and the false schadenfruede at IE losing market share. As one Dean’s World commentor said,

Microsoft needs to lose majority marketshare in this field, so that they don’t ever create a monster like IE ever again.

I just don’t get that. Why in the world would Microsoft care one bit about the market share of IE? Nobody pays for it — it’s a free product. It doesn’t add one penny to Microsoft revenues, despite the view of another commentor

Microsoft needs to be hit hard where it hurts - in their revenues, because they need to stop their irresponsible, stagnant approach to security.

If every single person on the planet dropped IE and used Firefox Microsoft wouldn’t even notice as far as revenue is concerned. Microsoft stopped work on IE because it achieved the strategic purposes for which it was built and further work on it would just be throwing away money. IE was deliberately left to die on the vine and for all those people snickering at how awful it must be for IE to fade away, let me give you a clue-by-four - Bill Gates doesn’t care. He’s laughing all the way to the bank. Netscape is dead, the web browser didn’t replace the Microsoft desktop and Microsoft hedged its bets in case it did. On top of all that, Microsoft is now offloading maintenance and improvement of web browsing for its customers on to third parties for free. It doesn’t get sweeter than that.