Microsoft, doing what it knows how to do best, has once again copied a great tool – striving to make the tool Microsoft’s own. Granted, a number of times this has gone badly (the first version of MSUnit is such a case), but I am very hopeful this time around.
For those of you who are saying, “There goes Microsoft and their anti-competitive practices again, sticking it to the little guy”, I say: GET REAL, it is an open source tool for crying out loud. Plus, if John Resig is to be believed, Joe Hewitt (the creator of FireBug) is perfectly happy with this. The reason is, the IE developer team was probably the only group that could create this tool for IE, so they did.
The point is, as much as I like FireFox (it is my standard browser), it is still not the dominate browser on the market. Most businesses and general users will continue to use IE for a long time. What I hated was the difference in the quality of the debugging tools between FireFox and IE. That has now leveled off a bit, and in the end that is better for everyone.