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Now it seems that Outlook Express will not be developed further:
Maybe MS is serious this time. I don't know why they would fight so hard to gain such dominance, and then throw the door wide open for competitors!
I'm afraid that I don't believe Microsoft "fought so hard" to gain dominance. They gained dominance by bundling IE with Windows, and more importlandly, by intergrating IE 4.0 with Windows 98. Most people are happy to use what their computer comes with.
MS really hasn't announced this officially, someone at MS just sort of mentioned it.
Before MS IE6.0 came out as a beta, people at MS also "mentioned" that there would not be an IE6.
> I don't believe Microsoft "fought so hard" to gain dominance
Their lawyers seem to have fought hard! ;)
> It's not out of their goodness in their hearts, it's cause they lost the lawsuit
The lawsuit is probably why MS is burying the browser in the operating system.
According to someone at MS, the browser will be eliminated and the browsing funtions will be taken over by the operating system.
Why would you install some third party software to browse the web when these functions are native to the OS?
How could you un-bundle the browser if it is an integral part of the OS?
Trust me, MS will not be out of the browser business. :)
Its already daily security-fix-patchorama with Windows anyway, so what is the problem with having other OS and browser updates at the same time?
Just as long as I can install and use some Mozilla derivative in this new world order, I'll be happy. If not then RedHat, Mandrake, SuSe, et al get another new user.