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Spoke with Andrew about this, and I'm somewhat apalled. Not only does the MSN interface fail on a few minor usability levels, but it also managed to crash my version of IE:5. When that happened, it caused some odd memory leak within Win2k, and began to slowly freeze.
I stopped it, but I think there's something to be said behind the scenes when a conglomerate like this cannot get their act together. Just think of the errors that may exist within technologies that they cannot control.
Horrific. And odd. But typical given the company.
Were did these people come from?
I can't imagine the US government would allow that to go on very long if it keeps those with disabilities from viewing their site.
It's like MS is saying to the Government "Come on...I dare ya..."
I set it up run on my work box and changed the US to MSIE. Took about 1 minutes.
search.msn.com is still accessible to non-MSIE browsers.
Truly an amazing tactic, but I think it will back-fire. The people who are not using MSIE will not switch because of msn.com. When pushed, people will usually push back. I think ms is over playing their hand, this may actually turn people away from XP.
(edited by: littleman at 6:30 pm (gmt) on Oct. 25, 2001
I see that plenty among tech types, but I can't find any significant leading indicators that JohnQ is reacting that way. Most are perfectly content running whatever comes out of the box, even if it's prone to risks -as long as it's cheap. And, the box is really cheap now.
I see this as cutting off their nose to spite their face. Damn ... and I have such excellent rankings their too!
But you won't be able to access it unless you match there REGEX. BTW - it looks like they are not giving any provisions to spiders.
Cnet article [news.cnet.com]
Opera and Moz users need only change one character of their agent string to get into MSN.com.
"We do identify the string from the browser, and the only issue that we
have is that the Opera browser doesn't support the latest XHTML
Opera and Moz work perfectly fine with MSN if you change the agent string.
They DO NOT have a sign on their homepage saying they reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.
In effect they are only going after the current competition.