Evolution: Brand cannot save bad software, thank God
IE has been chasing its tail for a while but nothing could prepare me for the terrible experience of IE7. How about turning a simple web browser into a new user experience that requires a fair amount of re-learning from the user. Think iPod for the attempt at simplicity, except you cannot get the TrackWheel to work. Try reorganising your favourites for a laugh. Or try the Add-ons library in the MSN marketplace and see whether find a useful add-on fast. Good luck.
The good news is that even a great brand like Microsoft cannot save a real dog. Like Intelligent Design, which is looking shakier with each scientific advance, IE is steadily retreating in the wake of Firefox’s superior evolutionary powers.
IT Wire reports that Firefox has been growing market share remarkably fast, up to 25% in France and to a parity position in a number of Eastern European countries. Amazingly only one third of IE users in this survey have upgraded to IE7…
- And so at last the beast fell and the unbelievers rejoiced. But all was not lost, for from the ash rose a great bird. The bird gazed down upon the unbelievers and cast fire and thunder upon them. For the beast had been reborn with its strength renewed, and the followers of Mammon cowered in horror.