My Hypocrisy

As a developer of software solutions and a quasi writer, I can often be a hypocrite, because I like the fact there is a monopoly in not only the Operating System Environment (Windows) but also the Internet Browser (Internet Explorer and Firefox) market. So why am I a hypocrite – because it means less time developing, which = cost savings….

I could not imagine having to develop solutions for 15 different operating systems and 15 different browsers, because we would be spending 10% of the time developing solutions and 90% of the time testing them on all the different platforms and browsers and you the agencies/consumers would be paying about 10 times as much.

As all of my solutions are web based, I only need to worry about the browser market and there are only two players Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers, the latter (Firefox) is Open Source and by far the best browser on the market today. Internet Explorer will make up some ground with the new Internet Explorer Browser (which is very good) due for release any time now.

However Firefox is also releasing version 2.0 very shortly and this will extend its lead (in terms of being the best browser)

There are other browsers on the market including Opera and also The Apple Safari Browser (build on the Mozilla Engine)

This is a monopoly space where having fewer choices is better than having too many choices, for everyone!
Also because either choice is 100% FREE…………….

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  • Paul Krayven
    Posted October 24, 2006 at 5:02 pm 0Likes

    I’ve been using Internet Explorer 7 now since the first beta was released and have to say it’s by far their best browser implementation. I even prefer it to firefox and safari which is strange for me 🙂

    Microsoft have been coming up with a good few things of late which has been really surprising to me, Virtual Earth included and their Visual Studio Express Tools. I still Vista is a terrible attempt at an OS though and Mac OSX still shines.

  • Peter
    Posted October 24, 2006 at 5:08 pm 0Likes

    Hi Paul, yes Internet Explorer 7 is good, it will be interresting to see the new Firefox Browser (Version 2) which will be out tomorrow.

    Peter

  • Peter
    Posted October 24, 2006 at 5:10 pm 0Likes

    Oh and MAC OS is great, and I would use it everyday (if they had a Windows Version) but nothing works with it (as far as software I use)

  • Paul Krayven
    Posted October 24, 2006 at 7:30 pm 0Likes

    What Software do you use Peter? There is usually a version for Mac or a good equivalent.

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