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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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Microsoft Roadmap leaks with 2012-14 products galore

Microsoft Roadmap leaks with 2012-14 products galore

It appears that Microsoft has had leaked a roadmap which shows many product releases in both the software and hardware departments for the year 2012. This roadmap was created back in December of 2011 and was leaked this week via Microsoft's own publicly available Microsoft Partner Network and sent out by Twitter user and CEO of startup company MeeTroo Maarten Visser. This roadmap shows software including Office 15, Internet Explorer 10, Lync Server 15, Windows Phone, and more.

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Microsoft quietly buys Netscape browser technology

Microsoft quietly buys Netscape browser technology

This morning we learned that Microsoft and AOL had signed a deal that would see MSFT pick up 800 of AOL’s patents for around $1 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close at the end of 2012, with Microsoft being able to leverage AOL’s remaining 300 patents under a non-exclusive license. As it turns out, there was an undisclosed term to the deal, and AllThingsD reports that Microsoft has picked up part of Netscape.

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Internet Explorer gains market share while Chrome slips

Internet Explorer gains market share while Chrome slips

Internet Explorer has been losing ground as of late, but it's important to remember the sheer amount of Windows PCs out there with the browser pre-installed. While Chrome and Firefox aim to try and eventually dethrone Microsoft’s browser, Internet Explorer has seen an increase in usage for the first time since September 2011.

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Internet Explorer 10 goes Metro and loses flavor

Internet Explorer 10 goes Metro and loses flavor

Here in the first half of 2012, we're ramping up to use Window 8 after its first consumer preview was released early this Spring, and now Microsoft is delivering Internet Explorer 10 to bring the web to our near-complete experience. Windows 8 offers a new way to work with your computer - or tablet, or odd in-between device - with "Metro" UI. This user interface has "Tiles" not unlike what you may be familiar with in Windows Phone for smartphones - Internet Explorer 10, or IE10 if you prefer, has more than one mode to compensate for this differentiation.

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Chrome briefly became the most popular browser in the world

Chrome briefly became the most popular browser in the world

Google’s Chrome browser very briefly became the most popular browser in the world yesterday, according to data from StatCounter. On March 18th, Chrome managed to overtake Internet Explorer to take the crown, with Mozilla’s Firefox coming in third. However, by the next day, IE once again reigned supreme.

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Microsoft comes clean with Internet Explorer distrust

Microsoft comes clean with Internet Explorer distrust

This week the folks at Microsoft have finally come to terms with the idea that nobody other than hipster's mothers, uncles, and half-naked girlfriends use the web browser known as Internet Explorer. They've released a new commercial which features a therapist speaking with a nerd about how he "used to" hate Internet Explorer and how, now that he's gotten past his madness, he can move on the IE 9. When you accept that you have a problem, the healing can begin.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 14, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 14, 2012

Happy Wednesday, everyone. As we make our way past hump day today, let's take a look at what made news in the world of tech. For starters, don't be too disappointed, but AOL has decided to kill its instant messenger program as it refocuses its struggling brand. But flipping sides to companies that are doing well today, Verizon has confirmed that its 4G LTE will be in 400 markets by the end of the year. Quite an impressive target.

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Microsoft details Metro IE10 for Windows 8

Microsoft details Metro IE10 for Windows 8

In a post today on the Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft detailed some of the new improvements that will be introduced with Internet Explorer 10, specifically in the new Metro UI version. IE10 is expected to launch with Windows 8 later this fall and will be available in its traditional desktop version as well as in a Metro-styled version, which is designed to provide a more immersive and secure browsing experience.

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Google: Microsoft grandstanding over web privacy

Google: Microsoft grandstanding over web privacy

Google has fired back at Microsoft over claims the search company bypasses privacy systems in Internet Explorer, arguing that its rival's P3P policies are "widely non-operational" and incompatible with today's web use. Microsoft had suggested that Google did not observe the so-called "self-declaration protocol", or P3P, which demands sites present a machine-readable version of their privacy practices. However, in a statement by senior VP of communications and policy, Rachel Whetstone, Google says Microsoft's system is outdated and over-involved, and more importantly breaks features like the Facebook "Like" button.

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Google bypasses IE privacy says Microsoft

Google bypasses IE privacy says Microsoft

Hot off the news that Safari's privacy measures for users had been bypassed by Google last week, Microsoft is joining in by noting that their Internet Explorer web browser's privacy controls had been modified in a similar manner. Protection tips have been offered up by Microsoft and they've taken this opportunity to push Google into the mud once more as they continue to defend themselves against privacy naysayers. Microsoft has reportedly contacted Google to ask it to "commit to honoring P3P privacy settings for users of all browsers."

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Internet Explorer 6 has under 1% share in the US

Internet Explorer 6 has under 1% share in the US

So long, IE6. You had a good run as the dominant browser for the better part of a decade. But with the combined efforts of Mozilla, Google, Apple and (last bust certainly not least) Microsoft itself, your reign of Internet supremacy is coming to a final end. According to the latest metrics posted to the Windows Team Blog, Internet Explorer 6 is used by less than 1% of Windows PCs in the US, having been supplanted by IE7 and later versions, Firefox and Chrome.

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