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RE: Microsoft's Zone
Your point is????
I think this paranoia is getting out of hand when you try to equate any
system incompatibility with some sinister plot.
At my campus (Univ of Ill at Urbana-Champaign), many thousands of
students take their exams and problem sets over the web on a very nice
instructional package called Mallard (tm). You cannot use MSIE with
this software...big warning signs direct you to use Netscape as your
The Agricultural and Consumer Economics department on this campus runs
their entire undergraduate curriculum off a single, integrated web site
called ACElink, complete with crosslinked syllabi, common glossaries
across courses, on line testing, etc. In the sign on process, you are
FORBIDDEN to enter your login/password sequence if you use MSIE. You
just get a message that says something like "Please exit your MSIE and
reenter using Netscape"
So, is this some nasty plot by the U of I? Should the antitrust
authorities be out to get them? It seems so, according to the logic I
have been reading here.
As an MSIE user who runs one of his classes on Mallard, I can sympathize
with Mr. Schult's comment (below) in saying that it is "irritating" to
have to switch browsers to access some sites.
On Friday, October 24, 1997 9:37 PM, James Love [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Declan McCullagh and others point out that Micrsoft's
> http://www.zone.com, a site for Internet games, won't work with
> versions of Netscape. I used Netscape and received this message.
> We're sorry. For technical reasons the Zone doesn't yet
> support Netscape Navigator 3.0 and higher browsers. We're
> working to add this support, and we apologize for the
> inconvenience. In the meantime, we invite you to download
> Microsoft Internet Explorer for free.
> On the Fight-Censorship list, Jeff Schult, commented: "The Zone was
> started by Microsoft, and was not browser dependent until after MS
> bought it. As a bridge player, I found it irritating to have to have
> MSIE in order to continue using a site that I had enjoyed for quite a