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April 18, 2007 at 2:21 PM

Feeling foxy in Redmond

Is this Firefox month at Microsoft? Every time you turn around the company’s launching more stuff that works with the open source browser.

Recent Firefox-friendly releases include:

— A new Windows Media Player plugin for Firefox that appeared online Friday and was announced Monday.

Silverlight, the Flash killer Microsoft also showed off Monday.

Interactive Media Manager, a content management system for the entertainment industry.

It’s not a surprise if you read the Port 25 blog written by Microsoft’s open-source crew.

Still, the company has a ways to go, analyst Matt Rosoff told Linux Insider. He noted that Windows Live and Office Live didn’t have non-Microsoft browser support when they launched. Rosoff’s ending quote:

“If Microsoft really wants to be taken seriously as an Internet player, it should ensure that new online services are cross-browser at launch.”

Maybe the Firefox stuff is part of the “no more browser war” messages delivered this week at the Web 2.0 conference.

Comments | Topics: Microsoft, Open source

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