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Originally posted by tmphgt at 2006-12-7 22:40
it is easy to bash MS but unless you really understand the underlying technical reasons for what they do and why they do it,
The reason they "adopted" so many features from Firefox to "add" to Internet Excrement 7 was the growing popularity of Firefox, the efficiency of Firefox, the speed of Firefox, the much, MUCH smaller footprint of Firefox, the ability to write for and add to the features in Firefox.
The most common refrain heard (read) on IT sites and from professionals when browsers are discussed is "Dump IE for Firefox and enjoy browsing again."
Firefox is a superior browser and gives a superior browsing experience - and THAT is why MS "adopted" so many of the ideas already in Firefox; and that have been part of Firefox for at least the two years I have been using it.
Now, if MS could only do some of the other things that Firefox does so well, then perhaps IE would be half as good...if MS would not do some of the things Firefox does not do - hijack your operating system, slow your computer, allow malware and viruses nearly free reign, allow Active X scripts to do what they want...then IE would be even better.
Until then - and since neither is likely due the ego so oft displayed not just by MS but the slavish proponents of MS that are willing to be unpaid public Beta testers and who brook no criticism of the bloatware that are so many MS products that means probably never - I will continue to use Firefox, suffering the stain on my computer of the Internet Excrement logo only because as I say, there are some sites that still haven't gotten with the program and will only work with IE; and usually because they need to run Active X scripts.
Oh, and open source? Not quite - although the attempt at insulting those that feel open source rather than slavish devotion is preferable is noted.
I started using Windows at 3.1 and the things it does well - it does well...but the things that suck, suck BIG TIME!
The whole focus of MS has been on trying to ensure dominance and the destruction of higher quality software developed by companies other than MS by trying to bloat the MS ware more with each version with the inclusion of lesser quality, so-called "features" that other companies do so much better. If MS had just "adopted" the Great Wanker B@stard's idea of "stay the course" and focused just on the operating system without the inclusion of add-on programs that just made the operating system more of a headache than a pleasure, then there would be no place in the computer world for any open source software...but they didn't because they follow the idea that for MS to succeed every other software company must die.