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During Chrome OS announcement, former Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, just laughed at Google. Now, it looks like the software giant is getting more and more aggressive towards Chromebooks, with the latest tactic being a new section in its store.
What is it all about? Basically, it matches Chromebooks against Windows machines on the similar price level, such as Dell Inspiron 15 ($249), ASUS X551MAV ($249), Acer Aspire E 15 ES1 ($249).
Good bye, ActiveX.
In an effort to improve the overall browser security and reduce user frustration, the software giant has announced that it will start blocking outdated ActiveX controls starting August 12, 2014.
According to Microsoft, “Java exploits represented 84.6% to 98.5% of exploit kit-related detections each month in 2013” and “to help avoid this situation with ActiveX controls, an update to Internet Explorer on August 12, 2014 will introduce a new security feature, called out-of-date ActiveX control blocking.”
Now here’s a pretty unexpected move.
Recently, Opera Software and Microsoft have announced a new partnership where Opera will become the default web browser on the software giant’s latest Android phone family: Nokia X.
“Our companies have enjoyed a long history together, and this represents a huge step forward for both of the companies,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “We have worked closely with the Microsoft Devices Group on this project, to make sure the users of Nokia X affordable smartphones can have the best web browsing experience right out of the box.”
Dubbed as “Rethink IE program”.
It appears like Microsoft’s marketing efforts got bit too extreme. Thanks to the recently published email by Uncrunched that they have received, we have learned that the software giant’s hired agency is contacting the media, asking them to write about the Internet Explorer.
How is this a bad thing? Well, it’s not about just writing about the IE since journalists are offered “compensations” or even prizes to do so aka “sponsored posts”.
IE6 to IE11.
If you are wondering how secure Internet Exporer is then look no further than at the latest report by Microsoft, which states that the software giant has already patched a total of 59 vulnerabilities in the month of June.
While only 2 out of 59 were publicly disclosed it makes us wonder: is that high number of fixed security vunerabilities a good or a bad thing?
Just a quickie.
Now here’s a shocker: despite the fact that Firefox OS does not have any market share, the software giant has decided to allocate some of its resources and create a Bing app for Mozilla’s very own mobile platform. Check it out here.
Now if only Google would do the same and release some of their apps for platforms with at least some of the market share, aka Windows Phone.
Manages to surprise everyone as well.
After a recent discovery of Internet Explorer vulnerability, where attackers could take over your PC and install malicious software, the software giant has finally released a set of updates to address the overblown issue.
Just when Google is no longer involved.
Just a few weeks ago, Microsoft has signed a Chrome OS licensing deal with Dell and now it looks like Motorola Solutions is next on the list.
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.