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Is Anyone Listening?

With IE as a standalone product effectively finished, and with a market share of better than 90%, the sleeping Redmond giant seems to have ignored repeated bug reports from developers all over the world.

ZDnet has posted a great article on Microsoft’s lethargy in updating IE to better support CSS. With IE as a standalone product effectively finished, and with a market share of better than 90%, the sleeping Redmond giant seems to have ignored repeated bug reports from developers all over the world. Even with Adobe’s new deal with Opera for GoLive and additional pressure from Macromedia, MS seems content to sit on a bug-ridden product.

The chance of Microsoft actually updating their browser at this point is almost nonexistent. Since their browsing technology will be completely morphed into Longhorn, it will be years before the company updates the rendering engine, and that’s assuming they fix the bugs.

This leaves plenty of open ground for competing browsers to flaunt their more advanced features and gain market share. Even with Netscape floundering, it would be nice to see Mozilla/Firebird, Opera, Safari and other browsers gain at least 25-30% of the market. Maybe it will be shrinking influence that persuades Microsoft to play nice with standards. Or maybe they’ll just make the next version of Windows completely incompatible with other browsers.