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).
Over the WebRTC, which doesn’t seem to be standardized.
Back in 2012, WebRTC, Google’s proposed web standard for audio, video chat and P2P file transfers, has gained a wide acceptance among various web browser vendors, including: Firefox, Opera, Maxthon and Google Chrome. While Apple is yet to implement and comment on WebRTC, Microsoft did raise some concerns and suggested their own web standard. That was back in August.
This is Penguin Mark.
As if we haven’t seen enough holiday themed web sites and haven’t heard enough Christmas songs, Microsoft has decided to combine all of these into a web browser benchmark.
According to the IE Team, this test utilizes “hardware-accelerated HTML5 capabilities like canvas, CSS3 animations and transitions, audio, WOFF, power and performance APIs, and more.”
Months and months of waiting have finally paid off as Microsoft has just announced the availability of the Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7.
As stated earlier, this is a preview and not the final build, leaving a bitter taste for some of the Windows 7 users.
And if you are that eager to play with the final version of IE10, there is still a Windows upgrade offer (29 EUR or 39 USD), giving you an instant access to everyone’s bellowed web browser.