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Why Windows 7 Doesn't Matter

Jan 27, 2009, 20:33 (3 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Andrew Miller for this link. ]

"So if Windows 7 matters as little as I think it does (although the masses of BBC coverage would argue otherwise), what should we be worrying about? It has been, and still is the issue of browsers. Making cross browser compatible websites is still a pain and holds back the creativity of those trying to make decent Web 2.0 applications. But waiting for everyone to comply to the latest standards is why we're still stuck in the dark ages with no variables in CSS rendering or a standard way of allowing Web 2.0 applications to become desktop resident, as examples.

"What really makes one browser different from another is interface, plugins and security. Rendering is such a non-issue that Microsoft may as well give in and just adopt an open-source renderer such as Gecko or Webkit. Hell -- that's what Google did and you certainly can't suggest that Chrome is the same as Safari -- there is plenty of scope for making it your own. They would be saving themselves a lot of work as the open source community would implement the standards for them. Why re-invent and screw up the wheel?"

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