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.
Makes it Google Chrome exclusive.
It looks like not everyone inside Microsoft hates Google with passion (and vice versa). In fact, someone has decided to favor Chrome over its own Internet Explorer web browser and release an exclusive Yammer app. That Is Yammer anyway? Think of it as a Facebook clone but for corporations, which Microsoft bought last year.
During today’s WPC 2013 Event, Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft, boasted about their achievements in the security department and compared the number of vulnerabilities versus Google and Mozilla.
The slide above is pretty self explanatory but if you are wondering where they got these statistics from, it’s from Secunia’s Vulnerability Review 2013 report, which can be requested in the following page.
IE11 is coming.
As Microsoft is gearing up to release a ton of info about its upcoming products, web browser enthusiasts should also be excited as there are more than just a few Internet Explorer sessions, in fact, a total of 7 will be streamed live, covering everything from WebGl to new developer tools.
So where’s a full list of all the IE sessions? Don’t worry, we got you covered.
Back in 2012, Microsoft has started working on Pointer Events, a new web standard (which is already marked as a Candidate Recommendation by W3C) that would allow web sites to accept inputs from quite a few different sources, such as a touchscreen and pen, has now gained even more traction.
Just before year’s end, Microsoft released a patch that brought Pointer Events specifications to all WebKit web browsers, followed by Blink patch earlier this year.