"Users trying to access Microsoft's MSN.com with a
non-Microsoft browser are finding themselves locked out.
While the software leviathan's Internet Explorer easily reaches
MSN, other browsers--such as Opera, Mozilla and some versions of
Netscape--run into trouble.
Using the most recent browser from Mozilla.org to reach MSN
brings a message from Microsoft saying it has "detected that the
browser that you are using will not render MSN.com correctly."
Mozilla.org does open-source browser development for AOL Time
Warner's Netscape Communications unit."
As long as there's a Microsoft story to be had for the day,
might as well chuck in a bonus item about the Word 2000
spell-checker... apparently browsers aren't the only thing they're
trying to erase. Thanks to robt for this link:
"Concluding that I had found a glitch in the updated
version of Microsoft Word, I decided to inform Microsoft. I called
and asked to speak to Bill Gates, but was directed to a cheerful
person named Tim.
Tim transferred me to Kate, also cheerful, who promised to look
into the matter. Several days later, Kate sent me an e-mail message
with an explanation: 'Microsoft's approach regarding the spell
checker dictionary and thesaurus is to not suggest words that may
have offensive uses or provide offensive definitions for any words.
The dictionary and spell checker is updated with each release of
Office to ensure that the tools reflect current social and cultural
That was MS-DOS pleading as Microsoft Founder and Chief Software
Architect Bill Gates stood poised to press return after typing
"exit" on the MS-DOS command line during the launch of the Windows
XP operating system at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City
Disregarding MS-DOS' plea, Gates hit that return key.
'This is the end of an era,' Gates told the crowd gathered in
the Marquis Theater for the event. 'It's the end of the MS-DOS era.
It's the end of the Windows 95 era. It's the end of too many PC
crashes. It's the end of the static Web experience. I also hope
people will say it's the end of the narrowband era.'"