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Entry for 17th June 2004 at 09:58 GMT

Web Browsers Are A Threat to Microsoft

Thu 17th Jun 2004 10:58 BST by Andrew from Darlington, U.K.

Some interesting conjecture at Joel on Software : How Microsoft Lost the API War concerning browser developments at Microsoft:

… suddenly, Microsoft's API doesn't matter so much. Web applications don't require Windows.

It's not that Microsoft didn't notice this was happening. Of course they did, and when the implications became clear, they slammed on the brakes. Promising new technologies like HTAs and DHTML were stopped in their tracks. The Internet Explorer team seems to have disappeared; they have been completely missing in action for several years. There's no way Microsoft is going to allow DHTML to get any better than it already is: it's just too dangerous to their core business, the rich client.

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