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 News.com 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.