---- Does Microsoft Still Matter? 2013 Will Decide
incrediBILL - 6:33 pm on Dec 27, 2012 (gmt 0)
Maybe I'm a little too close to the situation to let this one slide as a bunch of my team went to work at Netscape after we got our golden handcuffs take off our stock after the Lotus acquisition.
IE: MSFT only won the browser wars against netscape by tricking the masses to use IE and by people making websites at the time falling for the "made for IE" stupidity.
No. MS won because Netscape crashed all the time and more importantly couldn't display most of the web. MS created the dreaded quirks mode just to make the web function and people flocked to it because it was the only thing that worked reliably. Just like Word and Excel, MSIE simply worked more reliably, which is what the masses wanted, no headaches, just an appliance to view the web.
Only designers and webmasters care about the details, if it works, people will continue to use it. If you keep jumping through hoops to make it work, shame on you for proliferating the problem.
Now that most everything, at least for home users anyway, is browser based, which browser you use is pretty irrelevant making MS irrelevant. If you primarily use MS web services you're probably more inclined to use MSIE, if you're a Google web services user Chrome, if you're a developer then Firefox, if you're a true die-hard nerd Opera, etc. ;)