Few months ago, Microsoft has acquired a total of 925 patents from the AOL that are worth more than $1 billion.
Although 650 of those patents were later sold to Facebook for $650 million and remaining 275 licensed as well, it made us wonder, what exactly did Microsoft buy?
Thankfully, we have just learned more about the deal and it’s pretty fascinating. While we won’t tell you about all the juicy details, here is what they got when it comes to web browsers, at least according to the Envision IP:
With Internet Explorer 10 and more.
If you are curious to see the upcoming IE10 browser in action, check the full Windows Phone 8 Summit video above. Not interested in everything? No worries, browsers start at: 15:00 and 39:00!
Alternatively, check our recent post about the very same presentation.
In today’s Windows Phone 8 developer’s event, Microsoft has revealed some of the new Internet Explorer 10 features. Although they did not get into specifics, there are still tiny bits that are worth reporting.
Please note: Microsoft said that they will only talk about features that are developer related, so don’t expect anything else.
Just after enabling the “Do Not Track” attribute by default on IE10, guys at W3C have updated their DNT specifications as they now require web browsers to have this feature disabled during initial software launch.
Here is what they have to say:
Today we reaffirmed the group consensus that a user agent MUST NOT set a default of DNT:1 or DNT:0, unless the act of selecting that user agent is itself a choice that expresses the user’s preference for privacy. In all cases, a DNT signal MUST be an expression of a user’s preference.
Meet the Internet Explorer.
As previously reported, Microsoft has given us a small sneak peak at the upcoming Xbox web browser, which not only utilizes Kinect, but also a new technology called SmartGlass.
So what is SmartGlass? A nightmare for the WiiU and a game changer for the software giant.
Even though the Windows 8 Release Preview build is yet to be released, guys from WinBeta have managed to install it ahead of time and give you a small sneak peak of what’s to come.
In a 14 minute video below, you can see exactly what has been changed since the Windows 8 Consumer Preview build and in case you care only about the IE10 Metro, here are a couple of screenshots.
With all the speculations floating around, you might be wondering that it doesn’t make much sense for the Facebook to buy Opera Software, however, this is not exactly the case.
According to the recent rumors, the social networking giant is working on a Facebook Phone (FacePhone, if you will), which, as you might guess, requires a decent web browser and this is exactly where Opera shines.
Well, here is an interesting turn of events, more than 2 years ago, Google has announced that it will bundle the Adobe Flash Player with its Google Chrome web browser. Now, according to the recent leak, Microsoft will do the very same thing and bundle it with the upcoming Internet Explorer 10 release.
Just slightly more than a week ago, Mozilla and Google have accused Microsoft of using unfair practices to block competitive browsers on their Windows 8 RT platform, now, it looks like things did not get unnoticed.
Recently, the US Senate Judiciary Committee has announced that they will investigate allegations of the anti-competitive behavior by Microsoft. In addition to that, the European Commission will be joining the party as well.
Don’t get too excited, speculations and rumors.
Now here is something to kick start your day. As you might know, Windows Phone 7.5 does not have a native code kit (NDK), which limits your choice to IE and IE based web browsers.