So the big news is that Microsoft actually invented technology that are being used for something else then Microsoft products?
I don’t know what have happened between Microsoft and W3, but as I remember they have had their discussions. But what would have happened if Microsoft had showed good leadership and setting good examples for the growth of the Internet and not just Microsoft. They probably could have set themselves in a position, where they could set global standards instead of Microsoft standards. As I see it, they tried to force HttpRequest to the Web on only IE and failed, but others saw the light in the technology and used it. On the other hand, the InnerHTML html tag attribute is Microsoft forced and almost success I believe? If you compare to Java, they created as far as I remember the fastest JVM, but sadly they where a little too creative and made some Microsoft only features.
What is it that Microsoft want, is it World domination? … well they already have that…
I know it is a clich, but to quote from the movie spiderman.
Uncle Ben: “Remember, with great power. comes great responsibility.”
I am actually not pro or against Microsoft, and I have a lot of respect for what they have done, so many talented people. But I am not sure Microsoft is as company that I admire and look up, but more a company that I in some cases have no other choice then but to obey.
But maybe they change… Vista is free for download and in a recently Microsoft presentation I say, they said(admitted) that IE7 had taken a lot of features from Firefox. I am not asking(and I have absolutely no skill to do so) that Microsoft should be saints, when no other company is, but instead they could strive a little harder to set good examples.
And about the Netscape stuff, yes Microsoft used some dirty tricks, but Netscape became a pile of junk. Netscape replaced my favourite browser Mosasic and I loved it, and then Microsoft comes along and Netscape starts to implement all sorts of stuff that make it slow, memory consuming and almost forgets that it is a browser. But again that is another discussion.