Few days back I came across the interesting relationship between Microsoft IE and Mozilla Firefox teams. Microsoft looks quite modest this time. Let me start with Bill Gates’ comment on Firefox in 2005 in interview with BBC, “so much software gets downloaded all the time, but do people actually use it?”. Now, Firefox could answer this question confidently with its 46% of whooping market share. Surprisingly Microsoft IE team, notorious for its unhealthy competition with Netscape, is maintaining (or pretending like having) very good relationship with Firefox team. (For your information, Netscape was having 90% market share in mid 1990s, which was reduced to mere 1% at the end of 2006. One of the reason behind this was decision by Microsoft to bundle IE with OS at free of cost. The antitrust case was filed against Microsoft for this move and it was settled with huge penalty of $750 million to Microsoft.)
In October 2006, as congratulations for a successful ship of Firefox 2, the IE team sent a cake to Mozilla. Some people joked about the cake being poisoned, while others joked that Mozilla sent a cake back along with the recipe, in reference to the open-source movement. The IE team sent one more cake on June, 2008, upon the successful release of Firefox 3. Hmm.. Very humble!!
The cake, shown in first snap was sent on release of FF2 and below one is on FF3 release.
May be Microsoft IE team is bit cautious about not being evil in browser war anymore.