Sat, 31 May 2003

Yes. Apparently Proper PNG Support Requires Longhorn

If this were a slapstick film, this little snatch of BecauseWeSaySo™ would get a spit-take.

Host: Brian (Microsoft)
when / will there be the next version of IE?

A: As part of the OS, IE will continue to evolve, but there will be no future standalone installations. IE6 SP1 is the final standalone installation.


Host: Brian (Microsoft)
Why is this? the anti-trust? (no further standalone)

A: Although this is off topic, I will answer briefly: Legacy OSes have reached their zenith with the addition of IE 6 SP1. Further improvements to IE will require enhancements to the underlying OS.

Keep in mind that Longhorn doesn't ship until 2005 (maybe). If you figure on the usual adoption curve for new operating systems, that means that web designers will have to put up with IE's current flaws until, oh, say 2008 or so. Raise your hand if this makes you feel, y'know, warm inside.

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The Magic Word:
Which planet is closest to the sun? (hint -- it's Mercury...)

When he got in trouble in the ring, [Ali] imagined a door swung open and
inside he could see neon, orange, and green lights blinking, and bats
blowing trumpets and alligators blowing trombones, and he could hear snakes
screaming. Weird masks and actors’ clothes hung on the wall, and if he
stepped across the sill and reached for them, he knew that he was committing
himself to destruction.
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