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all your tags are belong to us

06/08/2001

Yesterday's Wall Street Journal gives us a look at "smart tags," possibly one of the most insidious aspects of Microsoft's winning the browser war:


In effect, Microsoft will be able, through the browser, to re-edit anybody's site, without the owner's knowledge or permission, in a way that tempts users to leave and go to a Microsoft-chosen site -- whether or not that site offers better information.

Smart tags are already in Office XP, it seems. They offer virus writers tremenodously more flexibility and power to do damage.

There are several clouds looming on the horizon with XP.


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