updated 11:45 pm EST, Thu November 6, 2008
Microsoft may adopt WebKit
Microsoft's well known Internet Explorer web browser may have an open source sibling on its way based on WebKit, of Safari and Google Chrome fame, if statements made by CEO Steve Ballmer are indicative. TechWorld writes that Ballmer, speaking in front of developers in Sydney, answered a question posed by a student, on why Microsoft insisted on dumping money into the rendering platform, rather than adopting a faster open source model. Ballmer thought the question to be "cheeky," but provided a humble response.
While Ballmer believes that Microsofts proprietary extension system is necessary to provide a proper internet experience, he did admit that the concept would be "interesting". He also claims that if Microsoft were to solely adopt an open source browser, that it would stagnate innovation, something Ballmer observes as "likely" with the future of Internet Explorer's current competition, such as Apple's Safari, Mozilla's Firefox, and Google's Chrome browsers.
"Apple has embraced Webkit and we may look at that, but we will continue to build extensions for IE 8," said Ballmer.