In case you missed it, Wal-Mart has launched a video download service, the first service to provide content from all 6 major movie studios. Reuters even goes as leading with the headline that the service is a “game changer”. They are right, but for the wrong reason. It’s a game changer because it doesn’t work with Firefox, and one would presume other non IE browsers such as Opera, Safari and Konquerer as well, it only works with Internet Explorer:
Valleywag and Techcrunch have also picked up on this, but questions still remain: why would Wal-Mart launch as service that only works in IE? how could a company as big as Wal-Mart overlook Firefox, particularly given they’ve previously been the leading distributor of the Linux distro Linspire…which doesn’t run IE?
I’ve never believed in accidents. People who crash their cars don’t have accidents, it’s usually driver error, there’s always an equatable cause or reason for the so-called accident, and I find it hard to believe that Wal-Mart accidently forgot standards/ Firefox support with their new offering. Is some sort of tie in with Microsoft behind it? Is it something to do with DRM and the intention to not support open source browsers because of some sort of potential risk? There’s got to be something to it, after all, what web designer worth his grain of salt doesn’t use Firefox, or at least has a copy of Firefox handy for site testing? Food for thought.