Microsoft and Web Standards

There’s a very nice article over at alt tags about Microsoft and whether web standards fit into their business plans at all.

While Microsoft may pay lip service to web standards, a look at their product line suggests they have no interest in supporting the standards they’ve helped create. Face it, xHTML and CSS just aren’t as sexy as .Net and web services. Microsoft clearly has other priorities and a closer investigation of the facts seems to indicate that support for web standards is hardly a blip on their corporate radar.

This is an extrememly well written piece that should give all of us pause for thought, and with any luck may prompt increased pressure on Microsoft to make standards an intergral part of their offerings.

I’m now off to code up some workarounds for IE5.

Hat tip: Chris & the #evolt spool.