Firefox Probably Doesn't Keep Bill Gates Up At Night
by Brian Jepson
Microsoft won those wars, and things have changed a lot since then. Microsoft has been successful in getting new development to happen with .NET, a Win32 replacement for the networked generation. And .NET supports the Browser-As-Platform paradigm quite well. The dominance of Internet Explorer protected Win32 until its replacement was ready. Does Microsoft still need it to dominate?
Maybe they are happy to let Internet Explorer fade into the woodwork of Windows. After all, they haven't kept up with innovations like tagged browsing, RSS support, and other nice things you find in the latest and greatest browsers. Plus, Microsoft put up no struggle on Mac OS X when Safari plowed right over IE (good riddance there). So would Microsoft care if Firefox kept gaining? I don't think it weakens Windows to let it keep growing. In fact, it neatly solves a big problem Microsoft has: how to cope with browser vulnerabilities (and where to shift the blame when they do appear).
Do you think Microsoft will put up a fight against Firefox?
It Makes Sence...
I would have to agree with your appraisal of what appears to be the first act in IE's "ride into the sunset". The last few years have caused more headaches for Microsoft than I'm sure they would want to account for.