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Why the fall of Explorer matters

May 06, 2010, 07:34 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dana Blankenhorn)

"Consider the question of video codecs. The idea of an open source codec would not be open if Firefox were not such a player in browsers. Since it is a player its support of Ogg Theora matters, while Microsoft's decision to go only with H.264 matters less.

"Or consider mobile. Here the game is the same. Apple supports Sproutcore for mobile web apps. But the force is strong with Google, and its support of Flash means Apple can't have it all its own way.

"Or consider security. Explorer's reported interference with Firefox would be Mozilla's problem if Microsoft market share were closer to 90%. Now disgruntled users have a viable option, and the problem of blocking .exe files is in Redmond's lap."

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