Did You know this? Microsoft made Opera’s MSN look broken to get 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 one of the best (but perhaps not as widely used) browsers.

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 for Internet Explorer. Many users abandoned it in favor of other programs that offered more features.

Microsoft removed the restriction after being criticized, however, it warned that MSN may look unprofessional in other browsers, because other solutions do not support the standards Microsoft supports closely.

Internet Explorer 6 for Windows XP, released late 2001

Opera Software denounced Microsoft one year later when it sent faulty instructions to its browser, making MSN’s content look “broken” again, in an attempt at convincing users to return to Internet Explorer.

Hakon Li, Opera Chief Technology Officer said that Opera 7 was given a style sheet 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 some browsers. “We have different style sheets for different browsers,” they said.

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. This browser, which was almost identical to Opera 7’s original version, had one major difference. MSN looked strange. 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 users are being directed to pages by MSN that look intentionally deformed. 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.