The Enemy of my enemy

In “Web Sites and a Plug-in Free Web“, IE’s “Program Manager Lead” says:

“A plug-in free Web benefits consumers and developers and we all take part in the transition.”

I’m sort of cynical about this whole “no plugins” thing, when it comes to Microsoft. IE was a submarine made of Swiss cheese for the most critical years of the the web – crashy and a security nightmare.

The reason it was a security nightmare was because of plugins. And it was those plugins – mostly ActiveX controls and Flash, among others – that Microsoft needed as a critical cornerstone of its “embrace and extend” policies.

So: the web community in general looks forward to a world without plugins, it’s sort of annoying to have you guys act magnanimous and not acknowledge that you played a pretty big role in creating the mess.


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