Microsoft Moving Away from Browser Plugins
I was reading PC Magazine when I came across an article talking about north-by-northwest. What I didn't know was that there was going to be a discussion about web browsers, and the future of browsers in general. The representative from Microsoft, according to the article, Chris Wilson, when asked about browser plugins said:
“Overall, it's not a model we would choose, for a variety of reasons,” said Wilson. “We can't scale the delivery model to our half a billion users, for instance. We get hit by the most evil things?viruses, Trojans, and malware.”
That is ridiculous. Will Microsoft not include access to the web in the next version of Windows because it is a potential security risk? Microsoft has recently been hiding behind this whole, “we're putting all our energy into security” story. That may even be true, but it doesn't matter if they are going to skimp on features. Firefox's extension model is wonderful, yet when I wanted to build an Internet Explorer toolbar or extension, I have to go touring through the bowels of the MSDN site to find anything on it. What I find is some cryptic tutorial on using ATL+ or something strange like that to do it.
Really, you can make these things with simple registry changes and MSHTML, but you can bet that it will get tougher as time goes on. I'm sorry, destroying the developer community around IE is criminal and patently insane. I think they may have shot themselves in the foot this time.