After years of being stuck in the mud technologically, Motley Fool Inside Value pick Microsoft
Honestly? It's about time.
Don't get me wrong; I still think Microsoft makes good software for the Mac. I use Entourage for information management. I'm using Word to hunt and peck my way through this story. And I even use PowerPoint for speaking gigs. But IE -- as Internet Explorer for the Mac has become known -- is a dog. I only use it when I write at my local Starbucks
Besides, there are plenty of other great browsers for the Mac. Apple's
It's no surprise that IE has lagged other Mac browsers. Microsoft announced it would stop developing IE for the Mac six months after Apple
The real winner here? Open source. Think about it. Neither Apple nor Microsoft does much business in browsing. But by my estimation, browsers have become a proving ground of sorts for the open-source experiment. By abandoning the Mac market, I'd say Mr. Softy has given open-source alternatives of all stripes -- from browsers to servers to desktop applications -- a badge of honor, and a spot of credibility. With open-source alternatives battling Microsoft products for market share across the PC world, it's a boost those programs desperately need.
Further Foolishness for any OS:
- Who will win round two of the browser war?
- A year after its launch, Firefox still hounds Mr. Softy.
- Not even Firefox was immune to the summer doldrums.
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Fool contributor Tim Beyers is looking forward to the new Intel-equipped PowerBooks. Tim didn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story at the time of publication. You can find out what's in his portfolio by checking Tim's Fool profile. The Motley Fool has an ironclad disclosure policy.