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European Commission investigating Microsoft’s browser option commitment [UPDATE: Microsoft responds]

European Commission investigating Microsoft’s browser option commitment [UPDATE: Microsoft responds]

The European Commission probed Microsoft back in 2009 over Internet Explorer’s massive market share, concerned that it was stifling competition thanks to the browser being installed by default on Windows PCs. Microsoft suggested an option screen that would give customers an option between five different browsers, but it turns out that Microsoft may not have implemented the solution for millions of Europeans.

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Proposed Do Not Track draft kills IE10 DNT default

Proposed Do Not Track draft kills IE10 DNT default

Recently, Microsoft was bragging that Internet Explorer 10 would be the first browser to come with Do Not Track turned on by default. Do Not Track is aimed at preventing advertisers and ads from tracking a user's navigation on the Internet. Oddly, while Microsoft was touting that Do Not Track was on by default in its coming browser, it also admitted it currently didn't follow DNT signals sent from its own browser or others.

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Do Not Track announced automatic in IE10

Do Not Track announced automatic in IE10

Microsoft has let it be known that their final release of the Internet Explorer 10 web browser software will have "Do Not Track" activated right out of the box. This information has upset advertisers across the board as web ad targeting - based on your online activities - is one of the current mainstays of big-time advertiser profits. What Do Not Track, or DNT does is to send out signal from your web browser, Internet Explorer 10 in this case, to websites letting them know that the user refuses to be seen in such a way.

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Google Chrome climbs to the top of browser heap

Google Chrome climbs to the top of browser heap

The browser world is similar to other segments of the technology market where the lead often gets traded among different brands. The latest numbers tracking the global browser market are in from Statcounter and changes occurred in the market. As you can tell from the crossing of the blue and green lines, Internet Explorer was passed by Chrome for the lead recently.

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US Senate Committee to review Windows RT browser complaints

US Senate Committee to review Windows RT browser complaints

Microsoft seems to have ruffled a few feathers with its plans for browsers on Windows RT. Mozilla blasted the company over being unable to produce a fully working browser, restricted instead to the Metro interface and guidelines, while Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer would be able to run on Metro and the classic desktop interface. Google also voiced concerns, and now the US Senate Judiciary Committee will review the arguments to see if there’s any merit.

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Rumor: Microsoft bringing Internet Explorer to Xbox 360

Rumor: Microsoft bringing Internet Explorer to Xbox 360

The Xbox has always been pretty Internet-focused, but over its lifetime the Xbox 360 has become the media and social hub that Microsoft dreamed of in the early 2000s. There's just one thing missing: a real web experience. According to unsubstantiated claims from The Verge, the company is planning on bringing the ubiquitous Internet Explorer to the Xbox 360, adding it to the apps, television, streaming movies and music, and social functions already in place.

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Google and Mozilla blast Windows 8 browser bias

Google and Mozilla blast Windows 8 browser bias

Microsoft is under fire from Google and Mozilla, accused of anti-competitive practices with the special version of Windows 8 for ARM-based notebooks and tablets. Windows RT, the OS Microsoft hopes will help its OEM partners better challenge Apple's iPad, pushes the Metro interface rather than the relatively locked-down Windows Classic desktop, with browsers like Firefox and Chrome only allowed to run in the former. That, Mozilla argues - with Google soon wading in afterward - is unfair, especially as Microsoft will have a Classic version of Internet Explorer.

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