A snippet from a CNET news story, by way of lockergnome: “Although Microsoft may continue to provide security and performance updates, no major new releases (of Internet Explorer) are planned, Microsoft Product Manager Jessica Sommer told CNET News.com. Sommer said that, with the emergence of Apple’s Safari browser, Microsoft felt that customers were better served by using Apple’s browser, noting that Microsoft does not have the access to the Macintosh operating system that it would need to compete.”
Hmmm… is it just me, or does anyone else seem to remember Microsoft protesting its innocence when the Netscape/AOL folk were complaining to the Department of Justice that Microsoft was exploiting its knowledge of the operating system to create a browser they (Netscape) couldn’t compete with? And now Microsoft bails on IE/Mac for exactly the same reason? Hmmm….
Actually, this is discouraging news because for a lot of Web sites (like Charles Schwab and even ThinkGeek) I still have to flip from Safari into Internet Explorer. so I think it’s time for the Apple Safari team to crank it up yet another notch so that Safari for Panther (10.3, coming in the fall, first beta is to be seeded at the WWDC in a few weeks) really rocks.