Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Was Integrating IE and Windows Explorer a Good Idea?

Excel-web sharing of spreadsheetsInteresting side-thread -- from, yes, the JOS forum -- related to security.

(Picture credit BC Designs)

Out of curiosity, is there anyone who still thinks integrating IE and Windows Explorer was a good idea?
      comp.lang.c refugee
      Tuesday, April 26, 2005

If mean integrating a HTML rendering library into the OS I'd most definately say yes. Wether that redering library had to share code with that of a full blown state-of-the-art Internet browser , or could be restricted to a simpeler subset, remains open for discussion.
      Just me (Sir to you)
      Wednesday, April 27, 2005

I'll have to respectfully disagree with Just Me.

The concept of embedding and intertwining all sorts of interesting technologies may have helped certain (ahem) business development practices at MSFT. But it had the unfortunate side-effect of making a fundamentally sound architecture -- from Office apps to Outlook to the browser -- almost impossible.

Clean layering would have allowed MSFT's architects and engineers to build these systems upon rock-solid foundations. Instead, security is a nightmare as is troubleshooting embedded objects gone wild... or diagnosing DLL hell... or any one of hundreds of other idiosyncratic Windows issues.

IMO, the tactical zeal to aggressively pursue markets like the browser hampered the strategic vision of delivering rock-solid solutions.

But that's just me. I'm old-fashioned like that.
      directorblue Send private email
      Wednesday, April 27, 2005

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