In his blog “The Clever Monkey“, Curl’s VP of Developer Relations, Richard Monson-Haefel, writes about a new feature coming in IE8, stunningly, citing new Ajax features in IE as signs of the “End of Ajax”.
Richard does not seem to be aware that the XMLHttpRequest API – sometimes called the “X” in Ajax – was a Microsoft proprietary extension first.
It is now an international standard present in all major browsers.
Proprietary innovations that have value get copied and become standards. It is precisely this kind of innovation – innovation by multiple vendors trying to leapfrog each other – that moves standards forward quickly.
So of course the IE team starts announcing IE8 features to build buzz. Look at what’s at stake – the Mozilla Foundation had revenues of $56.8 million in 2006 attributed to search royalties alone(source: Wikipedia). Based on market share hovering around 15% throughout the year, that makes every percentage point of market share worth around $3.8 million per year to the Mozilla Foundation. It could be argued that the same market share is worth even more to Apple or to Microsoft.
This is the exact opposite of the “End of Ajax”. This is the Ajax Renaissance.