Category: Microsoft

Take That, EU. Internet Explorer is Optional

By | March 4, 2009 | 12 Comments

The latest Windows 7 Build 7048 offers a pleasant (and not announced) change. You can now actually remove Internet Explorer 8 from Windows.

To uninstall Internet Explorer 8 from Windows 7

Go to Control Panel
Open Programs
Click Turn Windows features on or off
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Google Joins EU, Microsoft Case as a 3rd Party

By | February 25, 2009 | 1 Comment

Well, it looks like Google has joined Mozilla in the Microsoft and EU antitrust case as a 3rd party.

Sundar Pichai said:

This is because Internet Explorer is tied to Microsoft’s dominant computer operating system, giving it an unfair advantage over other browsers. Compare this to the mobile market, where Microsoft cannot tie Internet Explorer to a dominant operating system, and its browser therefore has a much lower usage

There are also some interesting comments over there, for instance: Continue Reading

Bye, Bye Internet Explorer, Hello Gazelle

By | February 24, 2009 | 4 Comments

Apparently Microsoft has finally decided to look more seriously into web browser wars and develop something fresh and more secure. Result? Meet the Gazelle, a brand new web browser kernel.

According to the recent released paper (PDF), the idea behind Gazelle is to build a kernel which would act like an operating system, managing and controlling all the system resources among web site principals. Continue Reading

EU to Oblige Microsoft to Offer Competitors Browsers

By | February 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

The European Commission will require Microsoft to give users of its ubiquitous Windows operating system the opportunity to choose between different Internet browsers to avoid breaching EU competition rules, the bloc’s antitrust spokesman told EurActiv.

Although the Commission is still officially waiting for a response from Microsoft to the complaints raised last January, the outcome of this new battle with the IT giant is already taking form.

Continue reading at EurActiv

IE 8 Incompatibility List: 2 400 Major Sites (and Counting)

By | February 18, 2009 | 1 Comment

In an effort to improve Web users’ compatibility experience, Microsoft added a new, user-selectable Compatibility List to the Release Candidate test version of IE 8 that the company released in January.

Continue reading at ZDnet

Windows vs. Linux (Firefox, Firefox Wine and Opera)

By | February 17, 2009 | 13 Comments

If you ever wondered about the performance differences between Windows and Linux Firefox versions while surfing the net, then wonder no more. Tux Radar has tested Firefox on Windows and Linux (original Firefox + Firefox Wine (Wine allows you to run Windows applications on Linux) to see how they compete.

Tested with Firefox 3.06 on Windows XP SP3 (x86) and Fedora 10 (x86). Continue Reading

Moonlight 1.0 Released

By | February 14, 2009 | 11 Comments

Just a few days ago, Moonlight, the open source GNU/Linux and Unix framework that plays video and applications made on Silverlight has been released.

The way to install Moonlight is by a Firefox addon. It works on 32 and 64 bit operating systems. However, the following release is not compatible with Silverlight 2 yet.

Download Moonlight

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Firefox is Not So Secure (Jeff Jones, Microsoft)

By | February 12, 2009 | 1 Comment

Once again, Microsoft’s security evangelist Jeff Jones has tried to substantiate his proposition that Internet Explorer is at least as secure as Firefox. However, the Washington Post’s Brian Krebs has clarified that the figures Jones used for making the comparison, are misleading.

Continue reading at Heise Online

Thanks again to Mabdul for sending this.

Mozilla: The European Commission and Microsoft

By | February 10, 2009 | 4 Comments

Mitchell Baker from Mozilla has published an article on EC vs. MS case. For those who are not interested to read all what was said there, here is a quote which sums up her view:

Third, the damage caused by Microsoft’s activities is ongoing.

Some great comments though.

Mozilla to Join EU Suit Against Microsoft

By | February 9, 2009 | 3 Comments

The European Commission (EC) has granted Mozilla, the open-source collaboration behind the Firefox Web browser, the right to join its antitrust case against Microsoft, a spokesman said Monday.

The Commission, Europe’s top antitrust authority, charged Microsoft last month with distorting competition in the market for Web browsers by bundling in its Internet Explorer (IE) browser with the Windows operating system.

If the charges stick, then Microsoft could be forced to change the way it distributes IE, as well as pay a fine for monopoly abuse.

Read story.

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