Category: Microsoft

Yahoo! Recommends Internet Explorer 8

By | August 21, 2009 | 4 Comments

Yahoo Interent Explorer 8

Back in August 2008, Yahoo recommended users to get Firefox 3 web browser. However, things do change as TechCrunch reports that Yahoo started to promote Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8.

As it ways said: “Apparently, Yahoo recommends browsers based on what their latest business alliances are”.

Mozilla Execs Want Changes to Microsoft’s ‘Ballot Screen’ Proposal

By | August 18, 2009 | 19 Comments

Computer World writes:

Mozilla executives today began a concerted campaign to prod European Union (EU) antitrust regulators to demand more from Microsoft than the browser “ballot screen” Windows will offer users later this year.

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NSS Security Test: More Details Emerge

By | August 18, 2009 | 11 Comments

NSS Security Test: More Details EmergeHere are some more details from Ars Tecnica, which should clarify Microsoft and NSS Labs “sponsorship” deal.

In terms of sponsorship of the reports, “this stuff is expensive to do right, and we need to monetize it somehow,” Moy told Ars. “We invited Google, Mozilla, Apple, Opera to participate, but they didn’t even bother to respond, except for Opera, which stated they “don’t really focus on malware.”

Also, readers have noticed that Firefox 3.5 was not included in those tests, here is a reason (as from .pdf).

We would have liked to have been able to test Firefox 3.5 which was released on June 30, 2009, and attempted to test it alongside the other browsers. However, serious instability where the browser repeatedly crashed (a widely reported issue) along with poor results prevented its inclusion for the sake of fairness.

For NSS Security Test results, see the following page.

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Weekly Browsers Recap, August 17th

By | August 17, 2009 | 1 Comment

Weekly Browsers Recap, August 17th

Opera Chief Warns on Equal Access to Windows Services

By | August 14, 2009 | 25 Comments

Opera Software: We Want Access to Windows UpdateThe Register writes:

Microsoft might be closer to a compromise with browser rival regarding Internet Explorer on Windows, but access to key online services for PCs could be the next hurdle.

Opera Software chief executive told The Reg he welcomed Microsoft’s offer last month to give European PC users a choice of browsers on Windows, but he warned of “problems” if rival browsers don’t get equal access to crucial sites that help keep users’ PCs secure and updated.

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Engineering POV: IE6

By | August 11, 2009 | 1 Comment

Engineering POV: IE6IEBlog Writes

The topic of site support for IE6 has had a lot of discussion on the web recently as a result of a post on the Digg blog. Why would anyone run an eight-year old browser? Should sites continue to support it? What more can anyone do to get IE6 users to upgrade?

For technology enthusiasts, this topic seems simple. Enthusiasts install new (often unfinished or “beta”) software all the time. Scores of posts on this site and others describe specific benefits of upgrading. As a browser supplier, we want people to switch to the latest version of IE for security, performance, interoperability, and more. So, if all of the “individual enthusiasts” want Windows XP machines upgraded from IE6, and the supplier of IE6 wants them upgraded, what’s the issue?

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Microsoft Joins HTML 5 Standard Fray in Earnest

By | August 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

Microsoft Joins HTML 5 Standard Fray in Earnest
cNET writes:

After leaving much of the creation of a new version of HTML to Apple, Google, Opera, and Mozilla, Microsoft has begun sinking its teeth into the Web standard.

The move adds clout to the effort to renovate HyperText Markup Language, the standard used to describe Web pages, which last was formally updated in 1999. In a mailing list posting on Friday, the software giant offered a host of questions and concerns with the present proposal.

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Microsoft: No Browserless Windows 7 After All

By | August 1, 2009 | 11 Comments

Microsoft: No Browserless Windows 7 After AllcNET Writes:

It looks like there won’t be a browserless version of Windows 7, after all.

Microsoft said late Friday that it won’t ship the Windows 7 “E” version of Windows even though Europe has yet to sign off on its revised plan. The plan calls for the company to ship Windows 7 with Internet Explorer, but present a ballot screen in which users in Europe can decide whether they want Internet Explorer or another browser.

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Microsoft Caves to EU Pressure, Will Offer Browser Ballot

By | July 24, 2009 | 9 Comments

Ars Technica writes:

Microsoft has decided that the last thing it needs in this economy is some combination of the following: fines, legal bills, and a delay of Windows 7. It has offered to adopt the European Union’s preferred solution for bowser competition: a browser selector screen at startup.

Although Intel may have been hit with a bigger fine, the multi-year saga of Microsoft’s fight with the European Union’s Competition Commission may have run up larger legal bills, given its longevity. The most recent point of contention between Redmond and Europe has been the browser; Microsoft bundles its own with its operating systems, but the EU views that as using monopoly power to the detriment of potential competitors.

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Opera Slams Microsoft’s Windows 7 E Move – Again

By | July 17, 2009 | 61 Comments

The Register writes:

Microsoft is continuing to insist it has gone to great lengths in recent months to appease European antitrust watchdogs by saying it will “respect the user choice of the default browser” in Windows.

However, rival browser maker Opera, which brought the original complaint about Microsoft tying its browser to its operating system to the European Commission in 2007, continues to proclaim the software giant hasn’t gone far enough yet.

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