Re: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 50, Issue 8

Subject: Re: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 50, Issue 8
From: David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2009 08:45:27 +0200

Actually, that kind of integration did not originate with Internet Explorer.

You may recall that Windows originally was a process running on top of DOS.
You could actually replace Microsoft DOS with others, such as DRDOS or PCDOS
(IBM)...and quite a few did, as either of these had features that were not
found in the MSDOS product at all.

There was another, competing GUI in those days, which I can't recall the
name of at the moment...but I digress.

Microsoft then created Windows 95, which tied the GUI into the underlying
operating system kernel. This resulted in some very unfortunate
things---like the rather idiotic frequency with which Windows has to be
rebooted when installing many programs or doing things which on a more
modular system are simple and not so annoying.

Thus, they had a precedent for the Internet Explorer integration efforts.
That was simply "business as usual" for the Borg by that time.


---------- Forwarded message ----------

> From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2009 08:14:41 -0800
> Subject: Re: word of the day
> iexplore.exe is something of a special case. As part of Microsoft's
> strategy to monopolize the Web browser market, it was designed to be
> an integral part of the OS. Antitrust decisions forced Microsoft to
> make it an optional, replaceable component, but it's still linked with
> the OS more tightly than most applications.
> The Windows Explorer / My Computer file browser is part of
> explorer.exe. Kind of weird, yeah.
> On Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 12:44 AM, Ned Bedinger <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com> wrote:
> > If I launch a few Windows apps in XP--let's say Windows File Explorer
> > and Internet Explorer--and then kill off explorer.exe, the desktop
> > disappears because I just killed it, and File Explorer disappears,
> > presumably because it was running in the desktop shell I killed. Yet
> > Internet Explorer keeps running.
> >
> > So maybe Internet Explorer runs directly on the XP OS ...

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