A timely reality check from Charles Fitzgerald; read the full post
In yet another eerie Richard Nixon parallel, Microsoft has a history of surprise rapprochements with once bitter foes (Apple, Novell, Sun, arguably China and they’ll probably end up bailing IBM out one of these days…). Why not add Mozilla to the list? It not only costs little to let the wookie win, but it helps on multiple fronts of the new competitive landscape. And maybe more importantly, is a powerful demonstration to the world just how much that landscape has shifted, all to Microsoft’s advantage amidst its metamorphosis from Evil Empire to benign-by-comparison former Evil Empire.