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Microsoft considers adopting WebKit for Internet Explorer


Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Addressing a developer conference in Sydney Australia, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the idea of using WebKit as the rendering engine within its web browser was “interesting” and added “we may look at that.”

Microsoft considers adopting WebKit for Internet Explorer


1 Hussein { 11.07.08 at 1:34 am }

Not gonna happen, unless they extend WebKit with incompatible features.
A lot think it is Microsoft’s incompetence that is keeping IE from catching up to the other browsers, but in fact Microsoft is deliberately making IE incompatible with other browsers to lock-in people to their OS, or that was their plan initially.
Why do you think people are going through the troubles of trying to run IE on Wine, I certainly do on OS X, but not because I love IE, but because there are a number of sites that are designed around IE bugs and don’t work with other browsers.
Microsoft has no intentions of bringing fast JavaScript to IE either, it wants to push Silverlight instead and keep locking people into Windows. Currently they are pushing Silverlight as ‘cross-platform’ but wait until they kill Adobe’s Flash. Just as they did with IE before, once they’ve killed Netscape, they’ve stopped releasing IE on other platforms, and even then it wasn’t 100% bug-compatible with the Windows version of IE.

2 KA { 11.07.08 at 12:34 pm }

I sure hope so.

3 hodari { 11.08.08 at 7:20 am }

If you do not like my products you can buy something else – that is the American Democracy – the american dream. IE8/9 will stay with “Trident” engine and must continue to do so. Let other companies design and sell other browsers etc. If you are not happy with IE8 go ahead and get something else – choice is good!.

4 MacTalk Podcast - Episode 51 - Thanks Apple. Thapple. - MacTalk Forums { 11.19.08 at 3:34 am }

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