Microsoft is re-constituting the Windows IE team. Bill’s woken up to the danger.
In one way, this is bad. IE 6 is easy to compete with. It’s a buggy, insecure piece of junk. Just show people the pop-up blocker and tabbed browsing, and they are sold.
In another way, this is good. We (and the other browser vendors) have been recognised implicitly as having a better product – we are serious competition. And Microsoft is playing catch-up.
When Firefox gets stable and hits 1.0, there’ll be a massive publicity explosion. Our product is too good not to get converts. Then, when the new IE is released, the browser wars will return. Hopefully, this time, we’ll be competing on usability, not on how well we can balkanise the web…