Sunday, June 24, 2007

Microsoft thinks the files on your computer are less safe than random web pages you visit on the Internet

The past two weeks we've been working on an HTML-based presentation for one of our clients that showcased some of what they're doing with rich media and Web 2.0. The presentation was an interactive demo that showed their text, video and animation content being used in a variety of situations. We chose to do the presentation in HTML because we wanted it to be more than screenshots copied and pasted into PowerPoint...

Then we ran into the wall called Microsoft and Internet Explorer...

The bottom line is that Microsoft thinks the files on your hard drive are less safe than the web pages you visit on the Internet. On the web we can use SWFObject to avoid the security alerts that plague Intenet Explorer (6 SP2, and 7). But when you try to use SWFObject off your local hard drive you get the security alerts. All we're trying to do is run Flash - which has an excellent security reputation (a few problems here and there, but still, pretty excellent).

We tried everything... There are comments you're supposed to be able to put in your pages that change things (but they didn't work - and why would they ever promote such as easily exploitable workaround anyway?). We tried .hta "web applications", but they don't support frames properly, which we needed for our presentation... And so on... And had we used Windows Media (.wmv) files, the situation would have been just as bad or worse.

Of course, everything works flawlessly in Firefox and no one says Firefox is less safe than Internet Explorer.

Why does Microsoft still not get the web? Is it really that hard?

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