EU fine is the reason.
Back in 2013, Microsoft was fined ($732 million) by the European Union for mismanaging the browser ballot screen, which was missing due to a „technical error“.
Now, one of the Microsoft shareholders, Kim Barovic, is suing the board for this very reason, as well as for an insuffiicnet investigation where the software giant was asked to find out how that mistake has occured and take action agaist the offenders.
And nothing of value was lost.
Today marks an important day to all of you who are still using Internet Explorer 6 (why would you?). With today‘s death of Windows XP support, the software giant will also stop releasing new updates for IE6, the browser we love to hate.
As far as the usage goes, it currently holds 4.15% of the market share, down from 4.65%, so far, so good.
As Microsoft is set to unveil a new version of Windows Phone later next week (April 4th), it looks like the search giant itself is now in early stages of planning / developing a Google Chrome browser for WP.
Since late 2012 there was a request for Google to “Port Chrome to Windows Phone 8 aka WP8” with little to no updates, up until now.
Just a mere 14 hours ago, a request was re-opened with the following message: dxie [Chromium team member] is going to own this now for investigation.
Recently, Mozilla has announced their plans to abandon Firefox for Metro due to an insufficient amount of beta testers (thousands), which is a pretty low number compared to Firefox for desktop where we are talking millions.
Now, a former Mozilla developer, Brian Bondy, is arguing that its Microsoft strict guidelines and a messy default browser setup process that are partly responsible for the project failure.
His arguments are new nothing new or earth shattering but still something to consider while sipping coffee or tea in early Sunday morning.
Spicing things up.
Now here’s an interesting turn of events. While everyone thought that Satay Nadalle was pretty much affirmative for the next CEO, SiliconAngle reports that there is another, external, candidate: Sundar Pichai, Google’s SVP of Chrome and Apps.
He has joined Google in 2004 and has worked on projects Chrome OS, Google Chrome and Google Drive. According to Dave Vellante, the chief analyst at Wikibon, “Microsoft could really move the ball down the field with Sundar Pichai in creating a new open operating system model for cloud, mobile, and social. The market has been looking for a CEO who can balance the role of leading the enterprise transformation while keeping that consumer momentum with xBox and reboot mobile. Pichai is the total package of technology leadership and business acumen.”
You just got Scroogled.
Either Microsoft has too much cash or they feel threatened by the (possibly) rising Chromebook demand. In its latest video, the software giant goes to show you how Google is using your data to make cash, why these laptops are bricks and why it’s not worth anything.
Check it out:
Recently, we learned that Google is working on its own cookie alternative and now, it looks like it’s not the only one.
According to AdAge, Microsoft is too developing a similar technology, which would track users across PCs, tablets, smartphones and even Xbox. The replacement itself is basically a device identifier, which means that you could opt in or opt out of such service. Unlike now, where any company can collect data, such technology would make Microsoft directly responsible for your data, be it for better or worse.
A non restricted version of Mozilla’s TestSwarm.
Recently, Microsoft has introduced a pretty cool (and open source) tool called BrowserSwarm, which will use the magical powers of cloud to test your code on Internet Explorer, Google, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera.