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No One Beats On Microsoft Like the Woz

If you had a Mac 16 years ago and ran Internet Explorer on it, you probably crashed a lot. Of course, if you had a PC 16 years ago and ran Internet Explorer, you probably crashed a lot too, but a Mac crashing that much was unusual.

Some blamed MacOS. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak blamed Microsoft, is still irritated, and let it all fly out recently in a speech to mates in Australia, by crikey!

Woz himself found a bug in IE that made it crash pretty much constantly on the Mac. Here's how Australian news.com.au covered it:

"Everyone who ran Internet Explorer...would have several crashes every day," he said. "Move something into folder, it would crash, and you'd have to restart. Type something, crash, restart. Everyone thought it was the OS [Apple's operating system]. I guess it kind of was because it was allowing all this to happen. But in reality it was Microsoft Internet Explorer."

The Australian news site also quotes Woz from an earlier interview saying he would invest in Facebook. I'm thinking Steve might want to walk that one back!

Did you use IE on a Mac or PC in 1996? How did it work? Let us all know by writing dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 05/21/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Reader Comments:

Mon, May 21, 2012

Ex-CIO: Total BS. In DC, 95% of all PC were running Windows with very few problems of any kind. Perhaps it would of helped those with problem if they had adiquantly trained their IT staff...

Mon, May 21, 2012 D

IE was a terrible browser in 1996 on a Mac or a PC and crashed often - now it is 2012 and IE is still a terrible browser on any version of anything, and yes, it is still slow and it still crashes - so - nothing has changed but at least it is consistent.

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