Microsoft, Apple and the Web

Almost a year ago, Takethe5th featured this story about Microsoft’s support for HTML5:

This Google+ Post is a picture that captures the essence of the continuing story about Microsoft and the Web. This slide is very telling because it reveals once again and summarizes neatly Redmond’s attitude to the Web for nearly 20 years. Remember Bill Gates said in 1995 the Internet was going to be the biggest trend in computing. But he could not find a way to exploit it like his Windows+Office monopolies.

So then in 1997 to defeat Netscape Browser and Server, Bill made a promise to US Business – Microsoft in IE and IIS would implement all the W3C and other Internet standards. It is a promise he and Microsoft religiously never kept. Rather, he and his IE Troopers used outright sabotage [Java corruption; incomplete and proprietary DOM, JavaScript and HTML; stone walling on W3C recommendations; etc, etc] plus the draconian 5-6 years of no feature updates to IE.

Dean Hachamovitch is the longstanding head hacker of IE and Web standards. Thank you Dean. Thank you Bill. Even Steve Ballmer is going and gone at Redmond but not Web Whacker Supremo, Dean Hachamovitch. He is a now a VP. Nearly 20 years later and Microsoft has not figured out how to capture or effectively cripple the Web; so they continue their slow motion sabotage. HTML5 is the latest Web Standards victim.

The evidence of Microsoft negligence is clear cut and can be seen in the comparison of the 5 major browsers.

This “HTML5 Support by Microsoft” tells you about the continuing animosity towards Web Developments harbored in Redmond. In sum,   this pic  tells you why in this vast Internet market, Apple and Google, no ethical angels themselves, still have much more Web credence than Microsoft.

Now here is what has happened in the following year:

Here is the HTML5 Test run one year later.

Note the following results. IE has improved marginally by about 10%; but it is still the bottom dweller. But note that Apple Safari is now challenging IE for the worst HTML5 performance while Google Chrome leads with Opera and Firefox close behind. In a most ironic fashion, Apple’s Tim Cook seems to be conceding the Web “It justs works” title to Google, Firefox and Opera.

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