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Microsoft Sabotaging Firefox With Sneaky .NET Updates?

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| Sabotage may be a strong choice of word, but it immediately came to mind with 
| the news of Microsoft’s latest .NET update. 
| The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, unleashed in February, 
| forces an undisclosed Firefox extension on Windows users, 
| called “Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant 1.0″, and it does so without 
| asking the users permission.   


Microsoft Sabotaging Firefox With Sneaky Add-Ons


Microsoft Installs Firefox Add-ons Sans User Consent

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| Here at Techgeist, we do not like it when software does stuff to other 
| software without asking. The problems are made that much worse when it's the 
| operating system doing the dirty work. So we are all pretty angry at 
| Microsoft right now. As part of a service pack for the .Net Framework, which 
| they rolled out as a critical update via Windows Update, Microsoft also 
| installed the ".Net Framework Assistant" add-on onto users' Firefox 
| installations.       


Microsoft Update Quietly Installs Firefox Extension

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| A routine security update for a Microsoft Windows component installed on tens 
| of millions of computers has quietly installed an extra add-on for an untold 
| number of users surfing the Web with Mozilla's Firefox Web browser.   



Ten years of Mozilla

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| Ten years ago, Netscape announced it would release to the public the code of
| its flag ship product, Netscape Communicator 5, making it an open source
| product. The action came at a time when Netscape was still the dominant web
| browser: 65 million users and 90% market share in the educational segment
| according to Netscape’s own accounts. But Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was
| grabbing share at a furious pace thanks to it being free (at a time Netscape
| was about$30) and specially the fact that it came bundled with Windows 95 and
| upcoming Windows 98 (released on June 1998).      


Gates deposition videos

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| Boies: Do you remember that in January, 1996, a lot of OEMs were
| bundling non-Microsoft browsers?
| Gates: I'm not sure.
| Boies: What were the non-Microsoft browsers that you were
| concerned about in January of 1996?
| Gates: What's the question? You're trying to get me to recall
| what other browsers I was thinking about when I wrote that sentence?
| Boies: No, because you've told me that you don't know what you
| were thinking about when you wrote that sentence.
| Gates: Right.
| Boies: What I'm trying to do is get you to tell me what
| non-Microsoft browsers you were concerned about in January of
| 1996. If it had been only one, I probably would have used the
| name of it. Instead I seem to be using the term non-Microsoft
| browsers. My question is what non-Microsoft browsers were you
| concerned about in January of 1996?
| Gates: I'm sure -- what's the question? Is it -- are you asking
| me about when I wrote this e-mail or what are you asking me about?
| Boies: I'm asking you about January of 1996.
| Gates: That month?
| Boies: Yes, sir.
| Gates: And what about it?
| Boies: What non-Microsoft browsers were you concerned about in
| January of 1996?
| Gates: I don't know what you mean "concerned."
| Boies: What is it about the word "concerned" that you don't
| understand?
| Gates: I'm not sure what you mean by it.


Gates Deposition Audio and Video

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| Here is our local copy of the depositions of Bill Gates in the
| Microsoft anti-trust suit. We did our best to convert the
| original Windows Media files into an Open format, ogg. Your
| webmaster is responsible for the video transcoding, the
| audio-only files are contributed by a Groklaw member that
| requested to stay anonymous.


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| From:       Bill Gates
| Sent:       Saturday, December 05, 1989 9:44 AM
| To:         Bob Muglia (Exchange); Jon DeVaan; Steven Sinofsky
| Cc:         Paul Mariz
| Subject:    Office rendering
| One thing we have got to change is our strategy -- allowing Office
| documents to be rendered very well by OTHER PEOPLES BROWSERS is one of the
| most destructive things we could do to the company.
| We have to stop putting any effort into this and make sure that Office
| documents very well depends on PROPRIETARY IE capabilities.
| Anything else is suicide for our platform. This is a case where Office has
| to  to destroy Windows.

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