I'm back from vacation and catching up, but I couldn't let this slip by. Scoble, commenting on the interview with Mozilla's Scott Collins (who gave a talk at TALUG way back when I still lived in Ohio), mentions that he uses FireFox and that the IE team doesn't like it:
And, I know quite a few of the people on the IE team. They are not happy at all that I'm using Firefox. Whenever I have lunch or a meeting with someone on the IE team they ask me "how can we get you back?"
I have to say, when I first read that I nearly fell off my chair laughing. I was thinking "how stupid ARE these IE guys?!?!?!" But we all know that Microsoft is full of smart people who care about what they're doing. So something really doesn't compute here.
Last time I checked, IE wasn't even close to feature parity with Mozilla's browsers. No popup blocking, no tabbed browsing, etc.
Does the IE team really not know what their product is missing?
Or maybe Joel is right when he says:
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.
I don't know. I'm not saying that Scoble is lying, but it's hard for me to figure this one out...
Can anyone at Microsoft clarify what's really going on?
Update: Kevin Burton chimes in and shows us how to combine IE and Mozilla to boot.
Posted by jzawodn at June 17, 2004 03:50 PM