Another stone in the garden.
Recently, we have reported about the changes in Microsoft’s IE for Modern UI blacklists where only specific sites won’t run Flash by default.
Well, it looks like HBO.com, one of the best known content providers around, is one of such sites that won’t run on Windows RT. As it turns out, IE10 for Windows 8 blacklist has 3 sites: briggs-riley.com, webassign.net and webinato.com while the RT version includes a total of 12, HBO and Twit being two of them.
However, while Twit.tv will work on their HTML5 based site, users browsing HBO on Windows RT will see the following message:
Includes benchmarking capabilities too.
As you might know, we love HTML5 games and all kinds of crazy demos and in case you haven’t upgraded to Windows 8 yet, which has a spectacular Minesweeper client, here is a cross platform option for you.
What if you aren’t into games at all? Well, assuming that you are a librarian who is building a list of all known web browser tests for the future generations to come, here is another addition for you, straight from the Microsoft itself. After you run the test, it will measure how long will it take for your web browser to solve the minesweeper board, that’s as simple as it gets.
Watch out for blisters.
Now here’s something to be grateful for. With the launch of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8 and RT, the “Immersive” version of Microsoft’s web browser never ran flash content by default. Well, things are about to change as the software giant has since changed its mind and with the recently pushed update, IE10 will have flash content enabled by default.
According to Microsoft, “the vast majority of sites with Flash content are now compatible with the Windows experience for touch, performance, and battery life. With this update, the curated Compatibility View (CV) list blocks Flash content in the small number of sites that are still incompatible with the Windows experience for touch or that depend on other plug-ins.”
It looks like the browser ballot saga has yet to end as according to the latest report by Financial Times, Opera and Google are the companies that “informally provided the tip-off”, leading to the €561 million fine.
Following yesterday’s EU statement, Opera said that it was “happy to see that the Commission is enforcing compliance with the commitment, which is critical to ensuring a genuine choice among web browsers for consumers.” While Google refused to comment on the rulling.
Just a fraction of rumored $7.4 billion.
Now here is something that will finally come to an end, according to Europa Press, Microsoft was fined $731 million by EU for breaking the browser ballot agreement that was signed back in 2009.
The good news, at least for Microsoft, is that the fine is far smaller than some might have expected as it was supposed to be as high as $7.4 billion or a 10% of the annual turnover. According to a report, one of the main catalysts behind what it seems to be a small fine was a cooperation from Microsoft.
Coming later this year.
Now here is a shocker for you: Microsoft is working on the next version of Internet Explorer, which will be a part of the upcoming Blue update, set for Q3-Q4 release.
If you haven’t heard about “Blue” yet, it’s basically a wave of product updates for the majority of Microsoft’s products, including Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Internet Explorer, etc.
Earlier last year, Microsoft has helped the developers behind Contre Jour, a visually stunning game for all the platforms, to port it to the web.
Now, the software giant has announced the availability of a new version, which includes a total of 20 new levels and two new worlds. While neither Petit nor Microsoft shared any visitor numbers, it was revealed that there were close to 1 million visitors from the Brazil alone.
If you haven’t played Contre Jour already, grab your headphones and check it out.
Back in December, we have reported about the very first Windows Phone 8 update, which (among other improvements) was supposed to bring a new Internet Explorer feature, allowing users not to download images, saving bandwidth and improving loading times.
Now, it looks like Microsoft has decided to make this feature a yet another Verizon exclusive, with even unlocked Australian / European phones missing the promised checkbox.
Prior the Data Privacy Day (January 28th), Microsoft has conducted a study whose goal was to learn more about people’s online privacy perceptions. As it turns out, 45% of all the respondents felt like they had little to no control over their personal information with only 10% saying that know how to protect their online privacy.
Well, in an effort to educate the average consumer (who will never visit nor know about such initiative anyway), Microsoft has launched a new portal, which aims to demonstrate how the software giant uses various tools (such as IE’s DNT header) to protect you from the “evil corporations”.
Now here is a shocker, after seeing tons of bland and idiotic ads from Microsoft (mostly promoting Windows 7, Vista and the likes), it looks like the software giant can actually produce a couple of decent ones in markets where they are failing and/or haven’t established their foothold yet.
The latest example comes from Microsoft’s ad agency for the IE Team, which produced the ad so good that it kind of makes you wanna use their product (that in case you are using something else right now).