Microsoft stumbles some more

Microsoft behind $12 million payment to Opera | CNET

Microsoft agreed to pay Norway’s Opera Software $12.75 million to head off a threatened lawsuit over code that made some Web pages on MSN look bad in certain versions of Opera’s Web browser, CNET has learned.

It’s a good look at how the browser wars have shifted in the years since MicroSoft stopped innovating. Not, mind you, that they ever did innovate anything in the first place. . . If IE had a pop up blocker or tabbed browser, I might not be so harsh, but the simple fact of the matter is that MicroSoft is a near-monopoly, so they don’t have to care anymore. That leaves it to the Operas and the Mozillas of the world to show how it’s done. Hopefully, that’ll lead to increased business for them someday soon.


One Response to “Microsoft stumbles some more”

  1. Brian G
    26. May 2004 at 18:20

    Opera is crappy software. It renders pages strangely. Why is it that code which validates, behaves properly in Mozilla, Netscape, and even Internet Explorer, is totally busted in Opera?

    Because it’s a crap browser.

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Opera (which by the way, isn’t Open Source, and should therefore be the target of some of your IRE). BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    The sooner the good folks in Norway stop creating new versions of this abortion, the better. Take your development team, and put them on the path of Web Enabled Cellphones, where 258 different platforms is an acceptable thing (I’m not even kidding…there are more than 200 variations on mobile phone technology…just TRY creating a WAP site that works on all of them).