---- IE Talks about Privacy and Losing European Market to Firefox
tedster - 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.