So ... IE's security holes are a vehicle to force people to upgrade to Windows XP.
BRILLIANT! I may call MS a**holes, but I can't call them dumb. It wouldn't surprise me for ONE SINGLE MINUTE if this whole thing was planned.
"Hey Bill .. here is what we're gonna do ... We've been releasing OSes left and right - eventually, we're going to have to release one that doesn't suck ... but there is the problem .. when we do that, we're finished making new OSes .. so we HAVE to get these old Windows people to upgrade ..."
"Steve, how do we do this? You can't hold a gun to their heads and MAKE them upgrade ... (or can we?)"
"Sure we can, Bill ... Here is what we'll do. We'll take a program that everyone needs, product dump it into our OS so that we gain total marketshare (we'll piss on anyone that tries to get in our way - don't worry - we have $80B in cash laying around - we can afford to product dump). Once we get it in there, we'll lace it full of exploits and vulerabilities ..."
"I'm afraid you lost me there, Steve ... how can making crappy software work to our advantage?"
"I'm getting there, Bill. First off, we've been shoveling crap for so long, no one is going to bat an eye. Plus, we'll close the holes with updates, making us look like good guys ..."
"Hey now ... I like where this is going ..."
"Oh, Bill wait .. it gets better ... Once we release the flagship OS that is rock solid, doesn't crash, has excellent memory management - we'll open even more holes in the program. This will undermine the product beyond words ... people will ACTUALLY consider LEAVING our product to go to another product!"
"Alright, you lost me again, Steve"
"Bear with me here. Now, this program will run on ALL versions of Windows, right? And everyone will be using it right? Once we open the security holes like a giant block of swiss cheese, everyone will be bitching and complaining about it. It will be chaos on earth."
"Mmmm... I like chaos ..."
"I know you do Bill ... now .. here is how we get these ants to drop the Windows they know and love, and move to our rock solid version of Windows... We ONLY update the product's security holes in THAT operating system! So if they are running Windows 98 or 2000, they HAVE to upgrade OS to get the security! These bastards will be SO DEPENDANT on our product, they HAVE to upgrade!"
"But, what about all the people that will move to another product instead of ours that is filled with holes?"
'That's the best part, Bill. We put SPECIAL, CLOSED architecture technology in it that no one can duplicate - we make developers LOVE it so much, that they can't get rid of it - and if they did, it would break all their enterprise apps! Isn't that brilliant???!!"
"So let me get this straight ... Upgrade to Windows XP or die?"
"THAT'S THE MONEY BABY!"
"Sweet Jesus, Steve .. get on this right away. I can't think of a better program to use than IE. Its old, antiquated, and we haven't updated it in like 10 years ... its a PERFECT 'sneak in under the radar' vehicle for this type of devious, underhanded, morally wrong plot ... Take the IE team out of their carbonite blocks and get them to work...."
What do you think?