As a spokesperson for Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Gary Schare does an abysmal job. The director of product management for Windows has abandoned the IE browser, using a little know product called Maxthon instead, he told the New York Times (free registration).
Maxthon still uses Internet Explorer's engine, so Schare desertion isn't as bad as when he would be using Firefox. But users could hardly get a stronger signal telling them that Internet Explorer is no good and won't get any better for a long, long time.
Not until Longhorn, the upcoming version of Windows, will we see any fundamental improvements in the Microsoft browser. Innovation is being delayed until 2006 at least.
The lack of innovation is due to the fact that Internet Explorer is tightly integrated with the actual Windows operating system. This of course wasn't done to kill Netscape, but because it would bring ease of use to customers, the software juggernaut said in the past.
Users surely must appreciate the complete lack of innovation in a product that has been at the forefront of the most horrific year in computer security. We didn't need Schare's endorsement of a competing product to tell us that. But it's probably as close as we'll get to an actual apology.
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago