Microsoft and Internet Explorer vs. web standards

After reading Chris Wilson's post Microsoft, IE and the Web Standards Project I'd like to attempt to explain the feelings I, as a web standards advocate and web professional, have about Microsoft and Internet Explorer.

First of all I think it's great to see the Group Program Manager of the Internet Explorer Platform team at Microsoft say the following, if only on his personal blog:

Yes, I have the power to enact change. Yes, I will continue to improve standards support and compliance in IE, and make the web better. That's my job, my charter, my vision, and my passion. The day it isn't, I'll quit. The day the development of the standards-based platform in IE goes on a back burner again, I'll quit.

Fantastic! Chris, if you're reading this, I hope you'll never see the need to quit your job!

Now let me explain why I'm not exactly shouting out my support for Microsoft now that Internet Explorer is finally being updated.

So if you've been wondering why I'm not taking every chance to say "Go Microsoft! Yay for IE 7!", now you know.

Posted on May 15, 2006 in Web Standards, Browsers