Posted 18 November 2004 - 06:19 PM
Well, here is a company that set out to "own" the web and the OS. They made IE a part of their OS, so it has to be on your computer for Windows to work. They were quite happy when this agenda sent Netscape into the nether regions of computerdom, quite happy to put IE on a "set it and forget it" development track, and quite happy to mouth---when they were backed up to a wall---a trustworthy computing slogan.
However, their response to fixing the dominant browser they forced on their customers has been extremely slow and halfhearted. When they actually bothered to create a patch, and the patches came almost weekly, they changed to a monthly patch---was this to make things easier for the user, or was it another case of them pulling the wool over everyone's eyes so they didn't notice the number of security issues that came up every month?
Then MS decided that XP needed to be on everyone's system, since only half of the Windows users ran the newest version. DESPITE their prior written commitment to support other OS (and IE) past the "normal" life cycle, they abruptly did an about face and recently indicated that IE patches would be issued for XP systems only. And if, for example, you wanted to have a popup blocker for IE (you know, something useful and modern like Mozilla has) then it was included in SP2. The other 50 percent of IE users could go sc*w themselves.
*Rants some more*
Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one should be silent.