Did you know? Microsoft Makes MSN Look Bad in Opera To Push Users to IE


Microsoft may seem aggressive and do everything possible to get users to Windows 10 but that is not the case. Because aggressive tactics have been a part of Microsoft’s DNA for many years.

The browser scandal that erupted against Opera Software in 2003 was a result of which the software company is no longer in business. Opera Software makes Opera, and it’s still available on the marketplace with the best browser, although not as widely used as Google Chrome, Firefox, or Google Chrome.

Microsoft blocked third-party browsers (including Opera) from connecting with MSN. It was at the time a popular destination for Internet users. The move was made to improve the user base of Internet Explorer. Many users abandoned it for more feature-rich apps.

Microsoft removed the restriction following criticism but cautioned that MSN may look unprofessional in other browsers, because some third-party software “don’t fully support our standards.” The software giant stated that Internet Explorer provided the best user experience but did not mention any intentional sabotage.

Internet Explorer 6 in Windows XP, released late 2001

Opera Software publicly lambasted Microsoft for its browser’s faulty instructions, making MSN content look dead, one year later.

Hakon Li, Opera Chief Technology Officer said that Opera 7 was given a stylesheet very different than the Microsoft or Netscape. Opera 7 is given explicit instructions to drag content out of the container. It gives the impression that Opera 7 is in trouble.

Microsoft attempted to be discrete about these claims at first, but public protest forced them to acknowledge that MSN looks broken in certain browsers. “We have different style sheets for different browsers.”

Opera 7 eventually rendered MSN properly, but that wasn’t the end of the story. Opera 7 Bork Edition, which was the new browser launched because MSN still broke in previous versions of Opera. The new browser, Opera 7 Bork Edition, was almost identical to Opera 7. MSN however looked gibberish. Opera 7 Bork Edition turned the MSN content to the Swedish language from The Muppet Show. Bork, Bork, Bork!


Opera 7 Windows – It correctly rendered MSN portal

Mary Lambert, desktop product manager at Opera Software, says that “Hergeeberger is snooger-bork”. It’s a joke. But, this is a joke. Opera is receiving MSN users pages which appear deliberately distorted. Bork’s edition shows how browsers can distort content. It is important to remember that software developers and Web site designers are responsible for the Web’s success.

The issue was settled when MSN looked correctly across all browsers. Microsoft had stopped offering third-party browsers different style sheets.

Microsoft lost out to scandals such as this. MSN was no longer the best browser. Internet Explorer also suffered because of its status as the default in Windows.

Google Chrome, which has more than 60% desktop market share, is the world’s number-one browser. Microsoft Edge however, offers a totally new browser for Windows 10, called Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge promotion has included aggressive strategies such as ads on the desktop and an additional step to modify the default apps for Windows 10. However, until now this strategy has not really worked. It’s been criticized more than it succeeded.