James A has written a great article on Firefox and Microsofts attitude to open source.
I cant help but respond :-)
I agree with James that Firefox has added a bunch of features that IE didn't have at the time (tabbed browsing for one), and yes IE 7 is coming, but you can get tabbed browsing now with the MSN Desktop Search.
Do I agree that "MS should have dropped all further development for IE, lost their fear of Open Source, and made a massive contribution to the Firefox project by implementing stuff like ActiveX and extending the browser features so that it can interoperate with IIS and Windows like IE does"?
Well to answer that - I want to point out a few things.
What would probably be really useful would be an itemised list of features that you'd like to see IE also have so it can be submitted to the IE team. When I did this (last year) I struggled to come up with more than tabbed browsing. Sure you could ask for RSS (which will be in IE7) - but frankly I didn't like the RSS implementation in FF when I was using it anyway. You could also ask for the extensible plugin support that FF has... which might be nice. Some might argue that FF is faster, but I didnt really notice much difference.
Beyond these what is there thats so great about FF? Why should Microsoft ditch IE and take on FF? I really dont see any good reason.
I know you better than that James - what do you have up your sleeve that will kill my argument? ;-)