If you are a Windows 8 user and do not likely using Internet Explorer, you will be happy to hear that a “Metro-style” version of the Mozilla Firefox browser is coming on December 10th. The developer version of the browser is expected to arrive in September.
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Microsoft Internet Explorer Posts
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team and Nokia Corporation has launched a new service called Nokia Music Mix Party. Here’s how it works: If you have an Xbox, open up Internet Explorer and type in mixparty.nokia.com. Pick three artists and start your party playlist. From there, anyone at the party with a smartphone can scan the QR code and sync with the playlist Vote on the artist that you want to hear next. The track with the most vote wins. Nokia Music Mix Party will be free for usage during the month of July. It is unknown what the pricing will be after that. Below is a demo of how it works:
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This new Internet Explorer commercial features some of the memories fro the 1990′s like pogs, slace bracelets, Hungry Hungry Hippos, yo-yo’s, dial-up modems, square floppy drives, etc. The “Child Of The 90s” video has hit over 1.5 million views in about 2 days. Towards the end of the ad, the video says “You grew up, so did we. Reconnect with the new Internet Explorer.” Check out the ad below:
The European Union Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said today that they may press formal charges against Microsoft over anti-competitive behaviors related to web browser choice. As part of the 2009 settlement that Microsoft made with the European Union, Windows users were supposed to be given a clear choice between Internet Explorer and competing products. Microsoft complied up until the release of Windows 7 Service Pack 1, which did not have the browser choice screen. Microsoft said that this happened because of a “technical error.” Unfortunately this could cost Microsoft up to $7.4 billion, which is around 10% of their revenues from last year. A bit steep, eh Europe?
Earlier this month, I wrote about how Internet Explorer would have the “do not track” feature on by default. The Digital Advertising Alliance was not happy with this decision because they had struck a deal with the White House to honor the “do not track” feature as long as it was not a default setting on browsers. Since Microsoft pushed ahead and decided to make it default on IE 10 any way, the advertisers decided that they would have no choice but to ignore those preferences. The EFF, Mozilla, and Jonathan Mayer of Stanford authored a document that has a specific provision that requires users to provide explicit consent before any tracking preferences can be transmitted to make sure that “do not track” gets derailed altogether.
Microsoft Corporation Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 is not the first major browser to have a “do not track” feature built in. However it will be the first browser to have “do not track” switched on by default. Microsoft’s websites do not support the feature on their own websites yet, but they plan to cooperate with the industry, government, and standards organizations in the next few months.
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Google Chrome has surpassed Microsoft Internet Explorer as the most used browser according to a report by Statcounter. Chrome took the lead over IE last week. IE is now #2 followed by Firefox, Safari, and Opera. Android Robot has also become the most popular option for mobile based web surfers in March as well. It is nearly impossible for data to be 100% accurate when it comes to measuring web browser market share. Usually it is decided based on small measurement surveys. Regardless, Google Chrome’s growth and adoption rates are undeniable and it is coming at the expense of Firefox and IE.
Microsoft Corporation is in the process of testing a modified version of Internet Explorer for the Xbox 360 console according to sources with The Verge. The Xbox 360 has Bing voice search, but is limited to media results. Microsoft Internet Explorer for Xbox would expand beyond media functionality to make it a full Internet browser experience. Microsoft is also working on making Kinect gestures and voice control work with Internet Explorer for Xbox.