Exploring some Internet Explorer stories

If you are on the interwebitubes – and, reading a blog, I presume you are – you are likely already aware that Microsoft is taking some serious steps to prevent browsers other than Internet Explorer from their Windows 8 devices running on the ARM platform.

Do we really want to re-visit the browser wars of the 1990’s?

‘”They’re trying to make a new version of their operating system which denies their users choice, competition, and innovation,” said Harvey Anderson, Mozilla’s general counsel. “Making IE the only browser on that platform is a complete return to the digital dark ages when there was only one browser on the Windows platform.” ‘

(Check out the article:  it explains the issues well – plus it has graphs!)

So, what does it look like when a whole society is locked in to using Internet Explorer (IE)?

Look no further than South Korea:  there, through a well-meaning but misguided legislation (!!!) in the 1990’s, all e-commerce was effectively locked into using IE.  Even though the legal situation has been remedied, the lock it had created  in practice seems unbreakable.

Results?

No consumer choice and business stagnation…

 

 

 

 

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