Sam Palmisano, the CEO of IBM, challenged his entire company to migrate to Linux for their desktop systems by the end of this year. Turns out things aren’t going so well.
IBM is running into this one tiny little problem. You may have heard of it, it’s called Internet Explorer. See, many internal IBM web applications were written with IE-proprietary code, and darned if that isn’t just one big, huge migration hurdle right there.
If the object lesson here isn’t obvious enough, this is the point: When you code for a single browser, you create a tight lock-in to that particular software that you will later regret. Instead, if you embrace web standards and code for any browser, your sites and applications will continue to work without a costly code re-purposing budget.
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