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IE Talks about Privacy and Losing European Market to Firefox

 2:39 am on Jan 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

Mashable reports on an interview between Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal and Dean Hachamovitch, Microsoft VP of Internet Explorer. The report first touches on the loss of European market leadership to Firefox [webmasterworld.com].

According to the article, Hachamovitch made the enigmatic statement that Microsoft is actually trying to drop the market share of IE6, IE7 and IE8 because it wants people to switch to a more dynamic web with IE9. But with IE9 not yet in full release, something about that comment just does not compute with me.

The interview continues with some interesting exchange about privacy.

Hachamovitch made sure to differentiate between two types of tracking: "expected tracking" and "creepy-stalking tracking.\" Some tracking is good, he said, citing Pandora as an example. By tracking what songs you listen to, it can create recommendations and customized playlists, one of the big selling points of the streaming radio service. Microsoft wants to have that type of tracking while giving users the option to opt out of certain types of tracking.

Complete article [mashable.com]


JAB Creations

 12:13 am on Jan 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

The problem for Microsoft is they have been sabotaging their own products starting with Vista and reinforced with 7 as well as their Office applications. Sure, some people will continue to use XP until their computers die though a lot of us will keep using XP until we move on to something different and by different I mean not Windows.

- John


 12:29 am on Feb 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

Microsoft is they have been sabotaging their own products starting with Vista

Starting with vista ?

Hmm, let's look back a bit further:
Windows ME ?
Windows 1.0 ?
MS-DOS 1.0 -which had to "compete" as PC-DOS 1.0 with the vastly superior CP/M-86 on the original IBM PC. But unfortunately CP/M lost due to the pricing, it too was vastly superior.

Actually I remember my first contact with a Microsoft product: a flightsimulator on my old TRS-80 model 1. Maybe that was the more amazing product then, compared to what they craft nowadays.

JAB Creations

 5:06 pm on Feb 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

XP was Microsoft's peak. I didn't get online in any meaningful way until 1999. I agree that ME was a joke, anyone who knows what they're talking about does.

I don't know how they could sabotage Windows 1.0 if there wasn't a prior version of Windows out before it though. There is a difference between not having a feature yet and eventually implementing it and then by sabotage I mean removing useful features that people find useful.

- John

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