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Google drops IE6 support…

…but who cares? 🙂

Gregg Keizer at Computerworld reports that Google, following the well known problems with Chinese hackers and Internet Explorer security problems, has decided to drop compatibility with IE6 (full story at http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9150138/Google_joins_the_kill_IE6_campaign?source=rss_news).

What makes me think are a couple of things:

a) first of all big G gurus and business case developers will have made their own counts, and I personally think is a wise choice.  Most of the people (remember: non tech people are the majority of population. What is strange and hassling for us isn’t for them) are automatically updating their Windows installations and IE8 is gaining more and more space)

b) this is a move, due to many other things, but most of all trying to bring a step beyond the OS andbrowser wars. Google cannot stop supporting Micrososft products, but now that is near to have a full portfolio of products (ranging from office products, to OS and passing through a browser), can try to boycott Redmond’s product in different ways (through the browser in a browser, through non supporting applications,…)

This post as a comment also at http://www.computerworld.com/comments/node/9150138#comment-561727

Internet Explorer exploit and popular belief

Jennifer LeClaire at CRM daily, just like many others on the net in different languages, recalls warnings issued in Germany and France regarding Internet Explorer security problem (full article at http://www.crm-daily.com/story.xhtml?story_id=71124).

Jennifer is quite right in everything, including the doubt that some political manouvres are taking place in Europe against Microsoft.

I’m quite curious about the number of customers actually affected by this IE weakness. Maybe will be a ridicuolus amount.

What makes me think is that everybody is talking on this issue and most of the non techie people believe is a real problem.

I’m european and I’m not for or against Microsoft (nor Google, and just to be clear, I’m not involved with both of them), but I think that in the supposed name of “freedom of choice” and freedom of speech great confusion is being put in the users arena and no advantage is given to end users.

I think it’s a quite tricky situation: everybody goes for free things but wants the same advantages of the paid ones.

At the same time, everyone approaches Microsoft as the main problem in the world just because is perceived as monopolistic, while not considering that Google has a bigger monopoly and strength than Microsoft.

And at the same time users can choose the browser they like at least in Europe (but what prevented same users to switch let’s say to Chrome or Firefox?). But are they aware of the choice they’re are taking or are just pressing some icons in the name of freedom, without knowing how to manage, for instance, support when they have problems?

At the end, I think that there are some more serious problems than choosing a browser or exploiting a weakness in a browser.

And at same time, everyone that has the knowledge of the real weight of the problem has the due to explain it.

Otherwise I think we are playing the game of those who are playing dirty, trying to make us believe that exist problems where there are not.

Mozilla, Microsoft and undercover wars

Ron Schenone at Lockergnome writes an article telling us that Mozilla is blocking some .NET extension and Microosft is trying to reinstall them (ful article at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/10/20/mozilla-blocks-net-framework-from-microsoft-because-of-security-vulnerability/).

Seems to me that we (intended as users at different degrres of skills) are the playground of some kids trying to disturb each other.

While I understand commercial means of this move, doesn’t seem to me it’s a fair way to play.

And at least is not serious.

This comment as a post also at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/10/20/mozilla-blocks-net-framework-from-microsoft-because-of-security-vulnerability/#comment-193509

Is Microsoft going a step beyond?

Emil Protalinski (http://arstechnica.com/authors/emil-protalinski/) at Ars Techinca informs us that Microsoft is likely to insert a browser ballot in Windows 7 (full article at http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/07/eu-vista-xp-users-will-also-get-to-vote-ie-off-the-island.ars).

Seems to me Microsoft is going really beyond what EU has intended.

That an average users can have the choice when installing is a freedom that some (or most) people could appreciate.

To take a ballot in order to understand the most used and install the browser is really something stupid.

Also because teh window is seen within a browser.

This post also at http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=50009562&f=174096756&m=209002370041&r=829006470041#829006470041

Microsoft and browser choice

Rosa Golijan at Gizmodo (http://gizmodo.com/people/RosaGolijan/posts/) and John Timmer at Ars Technica inform us on Microsoft possible decision to give European users the option on whic browser to use, instead of complete absence of a browser (full article at http://gizmodo.com/5322453/microsoft-gives-europeans-choice-of-browser-instead-of-none-by-default and at http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/07/microsoft-caves-to-eu-pressure-will-offer-browser-ballot.ars). Also Ron Schenone writes on this at Lockergnome (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/07/29/eu-to-microsoft-users-need-browser-choice-but-there-is-more).

Seems to me a good thing, especially for the average user. What seems difficult to me isthat , the above mentioned average user, changes is mind and would like to make the switch in different times (means that if chooses let’s say Chrome, doesn’t mean won’t choose Opera in another moment and the switch could be difficult)

This comment also as a post at http://gizmodo.com/5322453/microsoft-gives-europeans-choice-of-browser-instead-of-none-by-default and at http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=50009562&f=174096756&m=592000760041&r=421002860041#421002860041 and at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/07/29/eu-to-microsoft-users-need-browser-choice-but-there-is-more/#comment-187357

Google vs Microsoft

Ryan Singel at Wired writes an article representing the facts behind Google and Microsoft (ull article at http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/07/google-vs-microsoft-what-you-need-to-know/).

Also Ron Schenone at Lockergnome covers the topic (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/07/14/microsoft-vs-google-great-for-consumer).

What follows is my comment:

“I hope it’s not a death match.

Numbers are big ones, and so a commercial war is a clash of titans.

Hope we, as consumers and users, are not in the middle”.

This comment as a post also at http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/07/google-vs-microsoft-what-you-need-to-know/comment-page-1/#comment-31711 and at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/07/14/microsoft-vs-google-great-for-consumers/#comment-186940

Google OS considerations

Scott Gilbertson at webmonkey writes an article on Google OS (full article at http://www.webmonkey.com/blog/Five_Questions_About_Google_Chrome_OS) also Ron Schenone at Lockergnome has some considerations on Google OS (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/07/10/google-chrome-operating-system-is-kind-of-an-anti-operating-system) and Christian Zibreg at Geek.com (full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/because-its-free-googles-os-spells-trouble-for-redmond-2009079).

I recall what I wrote some days ago:

“I’m feeling that for an economic interest we are taking a leap back, where everybody’s got his own OS.

I’m not for or against Microsoft.

But I also think that the standardizations we have these days are an achievements on IT side and informatics diffusion.

Advantages are on part of Google OS project, but incoherencies (such as bundled browser)and quite total dependencies on internet should be taken into account”.

This post as a comment at http://www.webmonkey.com/blog/Five_Questions_About_Google_Chrome_OS#comments and at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/07/10/google-chrome-operating-system-is-kind-of-an-anti-operating-system/#comment-186758 and at http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/because-its-free-googles-os-spells-trouble-for-redmond-2009079/comment-page-1/#comment-1638041

Is Internet Explorer loosing market shares?

Ron Schenone at Lockergnome makes some consideration on market shares of different browsers (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/07/06/internet-explorer-continues-to-lose-market-share).

I think that Firefox acquired a bigger market share, but IE, despite of versioning, still has a quite predominant position.

This article as a comment at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/07/06/internet-explorer-continues-to-lose-market-share/#comment-186625

Microsoft truth, EU truth, but who considers consumers truth?

Ron Schenone at Lockergnome reports Microsoft declarations on IE unbundling form Windows 7 for Europe (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/06/13/microsofts-explains-european-version-of-windows-7).

Among other things, Ron focuses on “[…] some of the comments.”, and among them there are some reporting Opera request to government to avoid Microsoft monopoly. 

What follows is my comment:

“I think that this Microsoft decision gives more problems than advantages.

I also think that EU decision brings only confusion to the browser’s arena.

For the nth time, in order to protect interests of a minority (means opera and other small browsers), majority will have problem and disadvantages.

It’s not a problem of unbundling IE, it’s the problem of bringing real choices to consumers that counts.”

this article as a comment at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/06/13/microsofts-explains-european-version-of-windows-7/#comment-185344

Again on UE and IE unbundling

Ryan Singel at Wired writes his opinion at Wired on Microsoft decision of unbundling IE from Windows 7 and, consequently, leave to OEM spece for deciding which browser to install (full article at http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/06/eu-criticizes-microsofts-ie-un-bundling-but-does-it-matter-anymore) .

This is the topic I covered yesterday and that can be found at https://ictheworld.wordpress.com/2009/06/12/microsoft-and-browser-war/.

At same time Ron Schenone at Lockergnome informs us that EU has said that this Microsoft move couldn’t be enough and that could evealuate pursuing Microsoft for past violations.

What follows is my comment:

“I don’t think that, despite the right of choice everyone of us has, this EU intervention will resolve something for three main reasons:
 1) as I explained in an article I wrote, In my opinion this is a strong hand move trying to push over EU for recent regulation. Right or wrong could be a boomernag for Microsoft, at least in system usability.

Because if is true that in this way Redmond’s company will ensure compliancy to EU laws, on the other side will leave all people not having enough technical knowledge without a browser, though making their new PC quite usefull.

It’s not so easy for an average or below average user to install and configure a browser, so the scenario is that those kind of users (that represent the majority of PC users) will rely on choices made by OEM manufacturers or will move to those browsers having the easiest installaction package (and guess which we’ll be the choice).

So, in my opinion Microsoft move is again a strong move against UE, but, at the end a non sense move for users.

2) because seems to me that this EU move is something not aiming at resolving the problem in a stable way, but as quickly as possible

3) because pursuing now Microsoft for facts committed in the past is like coming late to the party: older browser damaged are gone and new browsers won’t benefit too much form this.”

The article I wrote is as a comment also at http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/06/eu-criticizes-microsofts-ie-un-bundling-but-does-it-matter-anymore/comment-page-1/#comment-30055 and at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/06/12/eu-to-microsoft-dropping-ie-might-not-be-enough/#comment-185308 and at http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=50009562&f=174096756&m=286003100041&r=273001200041#273001200041

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