Web entrepreneurs don’t trust Microsoft’s approach to the web

Robert Scoble lists twelve reasons web entrepreneurs aren’t using Microsoft’s software in Ross doesn’t trust Microsoft’s approach to Web. All good reasons, but the one that comes closest to how I personally feel about the web is this:

7) On clients, they want to choose the highest-reach platforms. That doesn’t mean a Windows app. Or even an app that runs only in IE. It must run on every variant of Linux and Macintosh too.

Making a web application that only works on a single platform seems pointless to me.

Posted on November 2, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web General


  1. I agree. I imagine that most developers nowadays would agree. But until we find a way to rid the world of “YOU MUST USE THE SAME BROWSER AS ME” IT guys, we’re always going to have platform-specific web apps—at least in the intranet world—because it’s always easier to do something the wrong way.

  2. I dunno if you have seen or heard of Windows Live (http://www.live.com) but if you go there at the moment it has a nice message for Firefox users.

    It’s a shame that Microsoft continue to shunt building web applications that are just as usable by everyone. I know they are intending to add further support for other browsers but will no doubt hog some of the bells and whistles for IE users only.

    Dunno if this is [OT] but I figured I would post anyway seeing as I have just stumbled across it…

  3. I see what you mean about the “Firefox Message” on Windows Live, what a joke I don’t think they understand.

  4. I didn’t get the message you guys talked about but it did look like a badly done rippoff of developer.mozilla.org and Google Personalized.

    Mozillas “Hide Sidebar” is far more exiting to click than Live’s.

  5. The message was along the lines:

    “Firefox Users Firefox support is coming soon. Please be patient :-)”

  6. Well that’s no so bad, look at beautifulpeople.se if you want BAD.

    They aren’t even gonna try.

  7. Roger: I can’t preview comments and then post them, the links brake.

  8. Roger: I can’t preview comments and then post them, the links brake.

  9. November 4, 2005 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    Windows Live is even better in Safari: a Windows logo, an input field, and a submit button. Nothing more.

    Mats: Ouch. Damn I just can’t seem to get the commenting system here right. No matter what I do it breaks for someone. I guess I’ll have to open the flood gates and allow HTML, and then spend 2 hours every day making sure all comments are valid. Bleh.

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