Scott Finnie at Computerworld has got it right – “IE7 has no soul”. And why should it have any. Bill Gates introduces it at Mix06 with a one line “mea culpa” for not just not updating IE for close to seven years but also for stalling all other desktop Web development as well. “Ooops I am sorry I poisoned the well of Web development for who knows how long – Jim do you ? But hell what is a little Kool Aid Web Poison pill among us developers and hardcore coders – NO BIG DEAL”. Now clearly Big Bill did not say these quoted thing-stringss out loud – but his one line “mea culpa” and associated actions might have mind-yelled them louder to the rafters than Steve Ballmer cursing “Developers Developers Developers” who go over to the Google persuasion.
I suspect not – and Scot Finnie has the evidence.