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.
Hangs the latter.
Just recently, Opera users started reporting an issue, which caused their browser to become unstable while browsing SkyDrive photos. Now, according to Opera’s Hallvord R. M. Steen, the root cause is Microsoft itself.
As stated in the blog post, SkyDrive suffers from a bug, which sends two million NULL characters during every browsing session that results in a 100% CPU usage.
No surprises here.
As Microsoft continues to push its implementation of the Do Not Track feature, more and more companies shove it back.
Following Apache, Yahoo has also issued a statement saying that they will not honor the IE10’s default DNT setting because it doesn’t express user intent.
Before switching to the fast release cycle, Mozilla was used to receiving blue and delicious cakes from the Microsoft’s IE team, congratulating them on another Firefox release.
However, as the time passed by and release pace picked up, Microsoft has switched to the cupcakes.
Now, according to guys from Mozilla, they have decided to initiate a sweet tradition and delivered a cake to the IE headquarters in Redmond as well.
Well, here is an interesting piece of news for you today, earlier this year, Mozilla has complained about the possible restrictions for web browsers running on the Windows RT, which wasn’t left unnoticed by the EU itself.
Or so the press says.
As reported earlier, due to some technical issues, the European version of the Windows 7 SP1 did not have a browser ballot screen for many months. Even though the software giant has since apologized for the glitch, it looks like it won’t be left unnoticed.
Now, as reported by Engadget, Microsoft will indeed be charged. According to the terms of agreement and the overall mood, Microsoft might face a fine of as much as $7.4 billion or 10 percent of its annual turnover.
What else is new?
ANA, the Associate of National Advertisers, which covers companies like Intel, Visa and other giants, has sent a letter to Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer and few other executives, asking the company to change the default IE10 behavior, which protects the consumers and advertisers.
Calls it RoboHornet Pro.
After topping the search giant’s benchmark chart, Microsoft was quick to note that while they are happy with the result, RoboHornet does not actually represent a real word browser usage, instead, it focuses in a specific aspects of browser performance.
Therefore, the software giant has decided to take the existing code and add CSS3 Animations, CSS3 Transforms, CSS3 Text Shadows, custom WOFF fonts, Unicode, Touch and other, “real world” aspects, resulting in a Matrix like looking benchmark, which can be seen in the video below:
Even though it took people two years to notice that the screen was gone.
Just some time ago, we have reported that the supposed ballot screen for the EU version of the Windows 7 was not actually enabled due to the glitch in the system.
Now, the European Competition Commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, has stated that they need to “react” to Microsoft’s misstep, suggesting tremendous fines for the software giant.