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11:52 // 5 months ago
August 16, 2013
18 years ago today, Internet Explorer first saw the light of day. Here’s version 1.0 of the app everyone used to surf the internet by default for way too long. Click to see the evolution.

18 years ago today, Internet Explorer first saw the light of day. Here’s version 1.0 of the app everyone used to surf the internet by default for way too long. Click to see the evolution.

12:15 // 8 months ago
June 15, 2013
My best effort to explain this whole internet balloon concept Google just floated us.

My best effort to explain this whole internet balloon concept Google just floated us.

0:13 // 10 months ago
October 27, 2012

Cake Wars + Browser Wars: When Firefox ships a new version of its browser, IE sends along a cake. After the Firefox team started shipping incremental versions, Microsoft’s team started sending cupcakes instead. Now, Mozilla has returned the favor, sending the IE team a cake with a giant Firefox logo plastered on. Aww.

12:24 // 1 year ago
July 17, 2012
15:58 // 1 year ago
June 13, 2012
Australian electronics retailer charges “Internet Explorer 7 Tax”: Which sounds better to you, paying a 6.8 percent tax on your Kogan bill or upgrading to Chrome?

Australian electronics retailer charges “Internet Explorer 7 Tax”: Which sounds better to you, paying a 6.8 percent tax on your Kogan bill or upgrading to Chrome?

20:30 // 1 year ago
June 11, 2012

oppositeoffaith says: RE: Reblog of the Wired Mock up/Microsoft ahead of the curve...I like. It's an interesting time-people have to be made aware of the damage the "Freemium" has done. The worst is that it has HIDDEN the cost-nothing is ever free...would love to see more on this...!

» SFB says: I don’t think “freemium” is totally a damaging prospect on its face, or necessarily the same thing in this case — in the case of magazines, they sell their subscriber lists, so this is just an extension of that. But I’m definitely with you — we’ve given up a lot of our privacy with some of these ad models, and we should think really hard about that as a culture. The fact that IE10’s implementation of “Do Not Track” is so controversial for some is a sign of how out of whack these priorities have gotten. Either way, this is the kind of thing we like to cover, so we’ll definitely keep an eye out. — Ernie @ SFB

10:51 // 1 year ago
interestingsnippets:

(via Do Not Track Is An Opportunity, Not a Threat | John Battelle’s Search Blog)  This is a mockup — for now anyway. But speaking personally, I think it would be fair enough; albeit with the addition of a 3rd option “click to pay (eg: 2$) for a months access to ad-free version” or similar.  

First off, to emphasize again: This is a mockup, not real. But it’s rare to see Microsoft ahead of the curve on something like “Do Not Track,” which will be turned on by default on IE10. The solution for sites which could suffer from this type of change is to be upfront about it. Or, you know, to change up their model a little. Either way, let’s not do more stuff like this.

interestingsnippets:

(via Do Not Track Is An Opportunity, Not a Threat | John Battelle’s Search Blog)  This is a mockup — for now anyway. But speaking personally, I think it would be fair enough; albeit with the addition of a 3rd option “click to pay (eg: 2$) for a months access to ad-free version” or similar.  

First off, to emphasize again: This is a mockup, not real. But it’s rare to see Microsoft ahead of the curve on something like “Do Not Track,” which will be turned on by default on IE10. The solution for sites which could suffer from this type of change is to be upfront about it. Or, you know, to change up their model a little. Either way, let’s not do more stuff like this.

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10:28 // 1 year ago
March 19, 2012

In which Microsoft tries to convince you that you don’t need to uninstall Internet Explorer the second you see it any … sorry, we got distracted because we spotted a rogue version of IE9 on this computer. (ht Matt)

11:22 // 2 years ago
December 15, 2011

Hallelujah: Microsoft will automatically upgrade Internet Explorer

  • before Internet Explorer was a bit of an anger-inducing product for Web developers because users would be slow to upgrade their browsers, leading to large numbers of users on IE6 and IE7 years after those browsers were out-of-date. Despite Chrome and Firefox having automatic upgrade options, for years, Microsoft resisted. Developers cried.
  • now In a major change in policy, Microsoft will automatically update browsers for home users — to IE8 for Windows XP users and IE9 for Vista and Windows 7 users. They won’t die entirely, though — corporate IT users can block the upgrades, and there will be opt-out mechanisms. But maybe this might be the death knell to IE6? God, let’s hope so. source

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10:11 // 2 years ago