Sunday, July 20, 2008

Mobile Me(ss)

Apple's MobileMe doesn't support Microsoft Internet Explorer. Officially not much is said about why, but if you try to log in to MobileMe with IE, you get a panel prompting you to install Safari or FireFox. iPhone users who sign up for MobileMe will soon be adding to the growing stream of users fleeing IE for the brave new world of open web standards.

IE doesn't support open web standards very well. This was an intentional part of our strategy to extend our monopoly lock on the PC desktop to the Internet. We nearly succeded, and for a while it looked like a near inevitability.

It's starting to look now like Microsoft could be shut out of the next wave of Internet services, unless open standards are supported with the same diligence that we worked to undermine them.

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