Browser Wars II, Interview with Spolsky
Mary Jo Foley of Microsoft Watch published an interview with Joel Spolsky yesterday that should be interesting to those who are curious about Microsoft’s direction technologically. Will Longhorn really be as fantastic as some are saying? Are they betting too much on the rich client and not on the web? Interesting stuff.
Now that IE has become ubiquitous you could forget about Netscape completely, which was kind of nice but not ideal. IE 6 was released in 2001. And since MS had no competitor, there was no reason to upgrade the browser. Why add features? But now that there is a threat on the horizon, good old "fear of competition" kicks in. Great...I hope.
I am not a MS basher. I really like some of what they do. I love XP. I love .NET programming. But this is one that I really hope they lose. They’ve shown that without competition they won’t innovate in the browser arena. That’s just unacceptable.
I’m tempted to hope that new browsers won’t take some of the wind out of Firefox’s sails, just because I like it so much and want it to succeed. But, really, having several really good browsers that have wide acceptance will be very healthy for the industry (assuming they all behave nicely).