Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ah, the spirit of friendly competition

I thought this was funny (but also shows that Microsoft is not completely the evil corporation some make it out to be). Disclaimer: I've not yet tried Firefox 3, but plan to this weekend or next week.

The IE7 team bought a cake to congratulate the Firefox 3 team and delivered it in person.


The Irascible Neufonzola said...

I'm personally not a huge IE7 fan, but I think it is slowly improving, and that was a nice gesture, if perhaps a bit of an aggressive act in its own way. Firefox has its share of bugs in my experience, and a somewhat smaller userbase (thus less posts out in Internetland explaining resolution), and IE7 actually has some cool features.

One notable one is the ability to click open a new tab, instead of hitting ctrl-T. A smug Firefox-koolaid-drinking coworker was in a meeting the other day, using a computer with IE7, and without a keyboard he was seemingly helpless to open a new blank tab! Hehe.

I use Firefox for about half of my Internet usage, mainly because of a nifty little AdBlocker plugin that allows me to mark specific images on pages so that they are never loaded. Helps me clean up commonly visited sites by removing needless graphics.

Percussivity said...

Well personally I believe that after Microsoft effectively squashed Netscape, the IE team (and/or management/R&D) lost the motivation to improve IE any further and it began to stagnate. Since the original Firefox began slowly stealing users, Microsoft got on the ball with IE7. While I use IE more than Firefoxm I am glad there are valid competitors out there to keep IE on a path of continuous improvement.