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September 12, 2003

Oh Crap!

Jeffery Zeldman has a very interesting and scary item on IE, Flash, and patents: here comes trouble.

Besides paying over half a billion dollars to the patent holder, Microsoft is supposed to cripple its market-leading browser so that IE/Windows will no longer seamlessly play Flash, Quicktime, RealVideo, or Adobe Acrobat files, Java applets, and other rich media formats. Once the company does this, any site that uses these technologies will no longer work in the browser most people use.

If Microsoft's appeal isn't successful, this is going to be major trouble and for the first time I'm hoping Microsoft prevails.

Posted in Microsoft & Windows , Politics & Law by usrbingeek at 2003-09-12 13:49 ET (GMT-5) | 1 Comments | Permalink



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The implications for other browsers besides IE doesn't look good although I am not sure how differently they handle plugins and whether or not and how much it would affect them. I personally think they should allow the plugins as it would be disastrous for the people that use plugins in their websites as well as the websurfers.

Posted by: mog at September 17, 2003 01:23 AM










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