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The thoughts and theories of a guy who basically should have gone to bed hours ago.

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Monday, August 01, 2005

Microsoft season! Duck Season! Microsoft Season! Duck Season!


Well, it's been quite a while since Microsoft released significant new software. And so predictably, those bent on proving (yet again) that Microsoft is pure evil incarnate, are jumping all over bugs in their beta software and calling them evil plots to thwart competitors' products. In this case, the story is that IE7 doesn't work with the Google or Yahoo toolbars.

Given Microsoft's position as market leader in so many areas, the competitive pressures of today's technology market, and the frequency of company-issued patches, there's a rational argument to be made that their production release software is nothing more than advanced-beta testing. Given that, when they announce it's a beta test product, you'd think we could cut them a little slack, no?

Not to mention, it just doesn't make any sense. Assuming Microsoft wants everyone to use their new browser, why would they make it incompatible with the current leader in search technology? At the very least, it would do nothing but incent people to stay with IE6 until the bug was fixed. The truly scary thing here is that this automatic harping on everything the company does serves as an excellent cover for them to do something truly evil - consumer complaints would be seen as simply more of the same babble.

posted by Brian at 11:51 PM


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