Neowin.net reports that Microsoft Australia will be giving away $10 000 to one lucky IE8 user. The idea is really simple and that’s how it works:
“1) Ditch the web browser you’re using. If you try to find the $10,000 with your current browser, you’ll get nowhere.
2) Download Microsoft’s best ever browser, Internet Explorer 8. It’s the only browser capable of cracking all the clues.
3) Follow @tengrand_IE8 on Twitter for the daily clues. Clues will be released at random times from Friday 19th June.
4) Use the clue and your brilliance to deduce where the $10,000 is hidden.”
Yes, it’s open to Australians only.
Microsoft will offer European customers an “Internet Pack” that includes IE8 when they buy a retail copy of Windows 7, which will be sold sans browser, the company said late last week.
As Microsoft started to talk about a possibility to ship Windows 7 without Internet Explorer in Europe, The European Commission responded to this move:
“In a statement, regulators said that the move seems a step backward in the retail software arena, but said it could be more positive in the new PC market, which is how 95 percent of consumers get a new version of Windows.”
Microsoft is stepping up its campaign to try to appease European Commission (EC) regulators who are mulling possible remedies in the ongoing Opera-Microsoft browser-bundling case in the European Union.
According to News.com, Microsoft’s newest proposal is to offer a version of Windows 7 which strips out Internet Explorer (IE) 8. Not hides it — like is currently possible via a “remove features” capability. The Softies are proposing to sell a separate version, designated Windows 7 E which doesn’t include a browser in it at all.
European Union regulators asked personal computer makers whether Microsoft Corp. pressured them to oppose an EU plan to give consumers a choice between Internet browsers on new PCs, people familiar with the case said.
“We’re hearing from our computer manufacturer partners that they have serious concerns about the financial and operational impact of the ballot screen remedy, which is being promoted by some of our competitors,” Microsoft said in a statement. “We have encouraged them to share their concerns with the commission.”
PCMag reports that Microsoft is planning to start IE8 marketing campaign as early as this week. Starting with 30 second video ads airing tomorrow, Microsoft will also consider wider broadcasting in case of their positive reviews.
Few of them already reported weird issue: even though their default search provider was set to Google, after the launch of Bing, it hijacked the search feature in the toolbar and became new default search engine.
To make things worse, it’s not possible to change it back to Google.
There are no official statements yet, from Google or Microsoft. Continue Reading
Ars Technica writes:
The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that European Union antitrust regulators aren’t done with Microsoft yet. The EU is looking into more sanctions against the software giant for including Internet Explorer with Windows, according to WSJ’s sources, and will likely announce a final ruling in the next few weeks. An EU spokesperson said that if the regulator rules against Microsoft, any remedy “would be based on the fundamental principle of unbiased choice” while a Microsoft spokesman says the company is “committed” to “full compliance” with EU law.
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As per information from press invites, Microsoft is planning to launch Silverlight 3 and Expression Studio 3 on July 10.
Silverlight 3 introduces over 50 new features, such as: H.264 video support, MP4, ACC, 3D and GPU hardware acceleration support, major application development improvements and many more.
Although the following release was not expected to see the day of the light until later this year, apparently Microsoft has already finished what they had planned and is going to release it earlier than expected.
Dave Heiner writes:
For as long as I’ve been at Microsoft (since 1994), there has always been keen interest in the antitrust issues raised by the success of Windows.
Interest peaked after we included a Web browser in Windows 95. That design choice led to the U.S. government case against Microsoft, which was resolved in 2002 with a consent decree and court rulings designed to promote competitive opportunities for browser vendors. Today Microsoft’s integration of the browser into Windows is regulated by these rulings, and computer users can choose Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Opera or other browsers that run on Windows.
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