SIGIA-L Mail Archives: [Sigia-l] The future of WWW...
[Sigia-l] The future of WWW...
Hyperbole? Alarmist? Spot on? Likely to change how you'll be designing your
apps/sites in a few years?
Smoke, Mirrors and Silence: The Browser Wars Reignite
Make no mistake: Microsoft really hates the web. The new browser war may
appear to be about the emergence of Mozilla and friends with their polished
eye-candy interfaces, but it's really about Microsoft versus the W3C.
Internet Explorer is Microsoft's blocking tacticčnever to be properly
web-compliant, never to give the W3C a day in the sunčand Longhorn
technology is the big-stick alternative being built. One of the purposes of
Longhorn is to destroy the web as we know it.
The web is used to provide a variety of services and communities. Part of
the Longhorn strategy is to extract from the web all of the services with
any profit model at all: web magazines, auction sites, news, online
retailers, and so on. When Microsoft tempts these organizations and
communities to Longhorn, the web suffers the death of a thousand cuts. Over
here will be the standards-based web, with a gradually shrinking set of web
sites. Over there will be the future Longhorn-based proprietary global
infrastructureča global version of the early Novell NetWare, a sort of stock
market/CNN fusion for content delivery. For Microsoft, the best possible
outcome is for the standards-based web to be reduced to the profitless: a
few idealistic hippies, some idle perverts, and the disaffected. Few others
will want to go there; so every day there will be fewer traditional
websites, every day less relevance.
Architecture is politics.
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