Apparently, Microsoft has paid Opera $12 million to avert a potential lawsuit over a claim that Microsoft deliberately made pages on MSN incompatible with Opera’s browser. Story on http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1104-5218163.html and elsewhere.
Which raises two questions …
1) So what? If I want to make my own web site incompatible with any browser, OS, IP range, or whatever, isn’t that my prerogative? Access to MSN pages is not a right that must be consistently granted to all. The lawsuit, had it actually have been brought, should have been immediately thrown out.
2) On the other hand, if this was indeed a terrible sin, and part of some devious scheme to prevent Opera from becoming a threat to IW, is $12 million even significant?
Silly, just plain silly.