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


It’s wrong to think Microsoft is a super-aggressive corporation that pushes users towards Windows 10. It is because of the aggressive strategies that have been part its DNA for years.

In 2003, Opera Software was the victim of a browser scam. Opera Software is still on the market today with the latest (but not as well-known) browsers.

Microsoft made the decision to stop third-party browsers from connecting to MSN in 2002. This was an attempt to increase Internet Explorer’s popularity as a top choice for Internet users. It was thought that this was done to expand the userbase for Internet Explorer which is the default browser on Windows. However, many users have switched to other applications with more advanced features.

Microsoft eventually removed the restriction after being criticized. However, it warned that MSN might look bad in other browsers as third-party solutions don’t follow the same standards that we closely support.

Internet Explorer 6 for Windows XP was released in the second half of 2001.

Opera Software publicly attacked Microsoft a year later for its flawed instructions sent to their browser that rendered MSN content unusable. This was in an effort to get users back to Internet Explorer.

Hakon Lie, Chief Technology Officer at Opera, stated that Opera 7 received a stylesheet which was very different to the one used by Netscape and Microsoft browsers. Opera 7 has been explicitly told to remove content from its container. This creates the perception that something is wrong with Opera 7.

Microsoft tried initially to keep these allegations under wraps, but the public outcry led to the company admitting that MSN was broken in certain browsers due to “different style sheets and different codes for different browsers”.

Opera 7 finally rendered MSN correctly, but this was just the beginning. Opera 7 Bork Edition was launched by the browser company because MSN wasn’t working in earlier versions of Opera. The “new” Opera 7 browser looked almost identical to the old Opera 7 except that MSN was now gibberish. Opera 7 Bork Edition transformed the MSN content into Bork, Bork, Bork from The Muppet Show.


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Mary Lambert (product line manager desktop at Opera Software) says, “Hergeeberger snooger boork.” This is absurd. We are trying to get across an important point. Opera is being sent pages that appear intentionally altered by MSN. Bork illustrates the fact that browsers can also alter content in the same way as Bork. This is the real message: Software and Web site developers must behave well and rise above corporate rivalry to ensure the Web’s success.

The matter was finally settled silently after MSN began to look correctly in all browsers. Microsoft stopped offering style sheets for third-party browsers.

Microsoft was not happy with the outcome of this scandal. MSN and Internet Explorer were both beaten down by it.

Google Chrome currently holds more than 60% of the global desktop market, while Microsoft Edge, Microsoft’s new web browser, is available in Windows 10.

Microsoft Edge has also used aggressive tactics to encourage users to use ads and take the Windows 10 default apps out of their hands. However, these strategies have not been successful, leading to more criticism about Microsoft.