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April 18, 2007 2:21 PM

Feeling foxy in Redmond

Posted by Brier Dudley

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.

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