Friday, January 12, 2007

Internet Explorer 7 vs. Mozilla Firefox...

It took Microsoft five years to come out with its next updated version of Internet Explorer - now called "Windows Internet Explorer 7" - which is finally out of beta.

It reminds me of a story from a decade ago. There had been a ton of hype surrounding Windows 95 when it first came out - that it was an evolutionary leap forward for computer operating systems and would revolutionize how people interact with machines. But when Microsoft finally released Windows 95, it looked awfully familiar to a lot of people. The bestselling bumper sticker of the year became, "Windows 95 = Mac 84".

And so it goes. Yet again, Microsoft's new and supposedly innovative version of Internet Explorer strongly resembles an existing product - Mozilla Firefox (from two years ago!). Features such as tabs, RSS subscriptions, tags, and extensions have been utilized by Firefox users seemingly forever, thus rendering Microsoft's latest release already outdated.

Maybe the Redmond giant will realize this and actually come up with some genuinely new ideas for its next version of IE. In 2012.


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