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Microsoft is fighting the wrong fight in Europe over Internet Explorer

Microsoft continues to miss out on its largest opportunity by continuing the anti-trust battle in Europe over Internet Explorer. It is ironic that this battle in Europe continues when Microsoft is defending a browser that everyone knows is behind in terms of security and standards implementation notwithstanding the IE 8 release. I stand by something I thought a few years ago that MS would be better served to support Firefox (and Chrome) and thus allow the MS product managers to remove non standard implementations required to accommodate IE.

Written by Colin Henderson

October 7, 2009 at 23:51

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Computers need to get better – Google

I found this piece on the upcoming Google OS useful for the Google quote.  There is so much debate on this new OS and most of it misses the point.  Its not about Linux versus Windows as many suggest – its about making computers become a simple tool.  This is something that unfortunately Microsft have failed to do.  It has been 14 years since the advent of Windows 95, and almost 30 years since the advent of the PC.  It has become accepted that you either have to be a compuer expert, or retain a support group for computers.  Why?

i think the attraction of a computer that just works will be strong for many people and strong enough to switch.

Can Google break Windows? The Times

“We hear a lot from our users and their message is clear — computers need to get better,” Sundar Pichai, vice-president of product management, wrote on Google’s blog last week.

“People want to get to their e-mail instantly, without wasting time waiting for their computers to boot and browsers to start up. They want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them.

“They want their data to be accessible to them wherever they are and not have to worry about losing their computer or forgetting to back up files. Even more importantly, they don’t want to spend hours configuring their computers to work with every new piece of hardware, or have to worry about constant software updates.”

Written by Colin Henderson

July 12, 2009 at 16:36

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Google plans a PC operating system | NY Times

This breaking news from NY Times just a few minutes ago.  Long rumoured but if this is true then its welcomed by this linux user.

It does not show on techmeme or any tech blogs yet. Things could be getting interesting.

Google Plans to Introduce a PC Operating System

In a direct challenge to Microsoft, Google is expected to
announce on Wednesday that it is developing an operating
system for a personal computer based on its Chrome browser,
according to two people briefed on Google’s plans.

The move would sharpen the already intense competition
between Google and Microsoft, whose Windows operating system
controls the basic functions of the vast majority of personal

Update:  more here from

And the official word here from Google.

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.

Written by Colin Henderson

July 7, 2009 at 23:50

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US antitrust is the devil

Fascinating insght into US antitrust thinking that is quite mind boggling.  They actually believe that the antitrust case against Microsoft promoted Google Chrome and Firefox!  This is a great example of reverse analysis thinking where the result rationalises the approach.

Microsoft Internet Explorer became huge because it was better and faster than Netscape.  That was 1996.  Time passes and IE became known as slow.  Firefox emerged, followed by Chrome  I see no connection to antitrust stuff here.

My Interview With Antitrust Expert Gary Reback: Google’s Looming Antitrust Issues | TechCrunch

One interesting insight from the conversation: I ask Reback if he thinks we’d be in a better world if Microsoft had in fact been broken up into two or more companies as was originally ordered. His response – “no.” The investigation and lawsuits themselves, he said, did enough to force Microsoft’s hand and allow browsers like Firefox, Chrome and others to blossom.

Written by Colin Henderson

July 5, 2009 at 02:32

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