I do not like my own horn (much) but back in 1998, I wrote that Microsoft has worked so hard to develop web applications that would soon be the most corporate development business on the web than originally Redmond. Well, I reminded you of the recognition that this week when I surf on the Mac and find out that I do not know certain parts on the internet. Recently, a Mac ghetto is used by the Internet, and like most ghettos, it's not easy to get out of it – unless it's near a Windows PC.
I could not connect to the doctor's office site to make an appointment because their site just wants the patient to enter IE and Windows. I'm looking at some security tools for Information Security magazine and some of their configuration pages count for IE and Windows. I thought I would upgrade to QuickBooks online rather than buy new software – but what do you think? Runs on IE and Windows operating systems only! And Microsoft's OfficeLive feature – which is a very good and completely free web hosting solution – runs only on IE and Windows operating systems. The list goes on and on.
Fortunately, I run both MacOS and Windows operating systems, so it's more annoying than a showstopper. However, the message is clear: if you use others outside Windows, it is not worth it. Go to the shop and buy a real operating system.
Microsoft Internet has long been happening. As I wrote several years ago, developers are building web-based applications using Microsoft's tools and servers. They run IIS with ASP and use Visual Studio, and of course assume that Internet Explorer is the intended browser to properly write these applications. And if you use Java, you use the Java version of Windows, which is not enough on non-Windows platforms.
Microsoft's tools can provide the richest and coolest web content in the shortest possible time. Naturally! This is not a secret plan. They get what the developers tick, and then provide the Microsoft flavored crack that keeps the programming mojo pumping. This is wonderful, is not it? Day, bless them, you still do not know this. IBM with all Eclipse and keeping open – can not and can not figure it out.
Well, there is some impact on the road, especially with IE's latest version, version 7. Some IE are loyal that it turns out that things can be painful on Microsoft's website. IE7 pauses a lot of things, and not everyone has tested or modified applications for the new browser. I'm sure we'll all work out the bugs because we have no choice.
Do you remember the day the web was "browser-agnostic" – that is, any browser can run to view any website? It's so strange. Now we can not build a web that is "IE agnostic" to work in any two IE versions, let alone restore IE to v5, which seems like ancient history but still pretty much in active use on many desktops today . This is one of the problems in Microsoft Internet: the Internet site where the Internet is all about, writing the world to internationally accepted standards, which actually meant something.
Oh, come on, Strom. (You may say that.) So what is it? Look at what happened to Netscape who took the standards? He became AOLized and then sank after a cameo appearance on the Microsoft monopoly test. Who demands norms when Uncle Bill can take care of each of us? Is not it better to run Windows?
Not really. The weble writer is much better than becoming another Microsoft business unit. There is some reason why I will continue to use my Mac as my main business computer so I can save the countless hours I've spent by spyware attacks and repackaging my operating systems when some idea is a good joke. But it means I have to live in my Mac ghetto, and that's a shame. Because this means that we have now closed the Microsoft Web interface.