Adding Tabs to Internet Explorer (IE) and the Rise, no, uh, er, fall of the Integrated Application
I was asked today how to add Tabs and Tabbed Browsing to IE. Since "Use FireFox" wasn't appreciated as an answer, I pointed them to:
- MyIE2/Maxthon - Renamed Maxthon recently, this has a load of toolbars, Skins, Gestures and
- AvantBrowser - Feels from MDI and is free. Includes Skins, cleans up your tracks and filters Flash.
Which got me thinking. Is there room for IE-based browsers? Or are they just potential spyware-carriers? Do we need another browser? So many people were lamenting the lack of an IE7 on the Horizon and have been moving away from the "one browser/webapp for them all" view as RSS Readers are being favored by many over the integrated experience. Are there too many apps out there? We seem to oscillate between lots of 'applets' and lots of do-it-all apps.
Visual Studio seems to be taking lots of the best Add-In (applet) ideas and merging them into the mainline making Visual Studio the "Outlook" of development. I'm the guy with lists of utils, but in an average day, I may only touch:
- VS.NET (with a crapload of addins)
- Virtual PC
- Dragon NaturallySpeaking
- Outlook (with NewsGator)
- VS.NET Command Prompt
This is a pretty small list. Does this show some kind of pattern? Are apps becoming more laser focused? or more shotgun approach? Is there room for a dozen different RSS Readers? or just a few?
I also wonder if we're "red vs. blue-ing" the desktop application space:
- Thunderbird vs. Outlook/Entourage
- Newsgator vs. FeedDemon
- Word vs. OpenOffice
- Messenger vs. Trillian
- VS.NET vs. Eclipse
- Virtual PC vs. VMWare
I know it's not that really that polarized, but sometimes it feels as such. I guess that's just the magic of evolution/opensource/freemarket ecomony.
Now playing: Mos Def - Next Universe..