After announcing its transition to software services a few years ago, Microsoft is no longer obsessed with beating its competitors on its own platform. So in the ecosystem of Apple and Google, we can also experience the apps and services offered by Microsoft without barriers. But years ago, Microsoft’s relationship with Apple, and between fans and user groups, was a bit hostile. So when the news that IE became the default browser for Mac OS X was announced, there was an almost uproar.
It all started at Apple’s MacWorld conference in Boston in 1997, when Steve Jobs made a surprise announcement, and then Bill Gates took to the stage to discuss Microsoft’s plans to land mac OS X.
At the conference, the two sides announced a partnership so that Microsoft software can be expanded considerably on Mac OS X — the first thing is to make IE the default browser for Macintosh.
The truth behind the scenes is that Mr Jobs and Apple, who are interim chief executives, do need a financially cashed-up Microsoft bailout because of financial difficulties and a slump in stock prices.
“Looking at it, we thought it would be a good choice to set IE as the default browser on Macintosh,” Jobs explained to the audience. Of course, users can also use other browsers and change the default settings.”
The software giant also offered a dedicated version of the Microsoft Office Productivity Suite to Apple Mac OS X users as part of a five-year partnership.
Of course, the premise is that Microsoft needs to make a $150 million investment to avoid a financial collapse at the company.
In the end, Microsoft bought the same amount of non-voting Apple stock at market prices and promised not to sell it for at least three years. That means Microsoft will benefit when the company’s business returns to healthy operations and its share price rises.
At the same time, Microsoft and Apple’s patent dispute ended, the two sides obtained a full cross-licensing of all patents. There is no doubt that Microsoft, the world’s largest software company, has been the biggest winner of the deal.
As early as 1996, IE 2 was on the Macintosh platform. But when Mac OS 8.1 was announced at the Mac World Conference in 1998, IE became the default browser for Apple’s systems.
Some may wonder why the name was already available for the updated 4.0 version, so why is the 3.01 version still on the Mac?
That’s because when Apple completes Mac OS 8.1, the latest version of IE hasn’t been finalized, officials say.
Since then, Microsoft has worked harder to port software to the Mac OS X platform, and has provided updates to the IE browser for a longer period of time (IE 5.0 in January 2000 and IE 5.1 in September 2001).
The partnership ended in 2003. At the time, Apple released Mac OS X 10.3 Panther and pre-installed its own Safari browser.
Microsoft eventually abandoned IE for Mac in 2005 and permanently removed the download link the following year. Mac users who try to download will then be told to use Apple Safari.