When the Internet Explorer 9 Beta was nearing release, Microsoft approached Reddit to get feedback from the community regarding the browser. Users of Reddit were able to ask questions that would eventually get answered by the IE development team themselves. They were hoping that if actual users/developers nit picked the beta, they might actually make a decent product.
“We believe users are in the best position to make decisions about what software they want to run.”
“We started by building a tool to look at the top 7000 sites and what web APIs they used. In IE9, we set out to support the standards that showed up among those sites”“we measure ourselves not just on whether or not we have implemented a standard, but whether we can enable developers to write the same markup”
“we’ve integrated the sites seamlessly into the Windows7; so that your sites become more like native applications and work just like you’d expect”
Unless there is a standard for integrating websites into an operating system, I can see this leading to more IE9 only sites. I can see the advantages of having websites work closer with the OS, but not if it is OS specific. Does Apple have features that only work in OS X?
I haven’t had a chance to read through every single answer, but reading through the first few didn’t sit well with me. I am not a Microsoft. I actually want Microsoft to succeed with IE9. Developers need Microsoft to succeed IE9. So please Microsoft, listen to the community instead of your marketing team when choosing what goes into IE9.