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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Loses on the Web After Forceful Compliance for Antitrust Violations

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Loses on the Web After Forceful Compliance for Antitrust Violations
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 01 Apr 2010 11:02:49 +0100
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Opera: 'Dramatic' rise since Microsoft's ballot page

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| 85% more downloads in UK


Microsoft's browser loses market share in Europe

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| Microsoft's Internet Explorer has lost 
| market share in major European markets, 
| such as France, Britain and Italy, after 
| the U.S. software firm started to make it 
| easier for European consumers to use 
| competing browsers.
| Microsoft's pledge to allow easier access 
| to rival browsers in Windows by the middle 
| of May, ended a long antitrust dispute with 
| the European Union.


Microsoft Sees IE Share Decline in European Markets


Why Microsoft really, really, hates the cloud


Early reports show IE not faring well in the post-ballot screen days

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| According to Statcounter, IE use in France 
| has dropped 2.5 percent since last month's 
| implementation of the ballot, 1.3 percent 
| in Italy, and 1 percent in Britain. It's 
| still early days, and it'll take more than 
| this to chip away from IE's 62 percent lead 
| in the browser war, but it's certainly not 
| a good trend for Microsoft. With that in 
| mind, we're going to have to ask you to 
| place your bets now.


Microsoft's IE Losing Market Share Thanks to Browser Ballot

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| That ballot debuted at the beginning of 
| this month, and immediately, IBM's Rob Weir 
| had a problem with it. According to 
| Computerworld, Weir said Microsoft failed 
| to use a random shuffle algorithm. He said: 
| "This was a rookie mistake. [It] is more in 
| the nature of a 'naive algorithm,' like the 
| bubble sort, that inexperienced programmers 
| inevitably will fall upon when solving a 
| given problem. I bet if we gave this same 
| problem to 100 freshmen computer science 
| majors, at least one of them would make the 
| same mistake."


Small Browser Makers Ask Microsoft to Change Browser Ballot Box Again

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| Small browsers can only be found by 
| scrolling sideways
| Microsoft has found itself having to alter 
| its practices on several occasions in 
| Europe and the U.S. after regulators 
| stepped in and forced change. One of the 
| most recent instances was when the European 
| Commission asked Microsoft to make browser 
| selection more open and fair to other 
| browser makers in Europe.


Microsoft confirms IE9 will shun Windows XP


âWeâve told you already, stop using XPâ? â XP and IE9 + alternatives.

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| Ballot produces Opera Increases?
| Its been reported that Opera has 
| experienced a doubling of downloads since 
| the Windows Ballot was introduced.  I have 
| argued that the ballot will make no 
| difference to the average user who has 
| never tried anything other than IE.  I 
| challenged at the time that the EU anti-
| trust case would have been better served 
| looking at OEM rather than the browser 
| issue which people seem to be able to make 
| their own decisions about once they have 
| done their own research.
| [...]
| I think Microsoft is find now that itâs 
| burnt many bridges, which users finally 
| seeing Microsoft and its associated wares 
| in their true light.  With so many happy 
| users enjoying alternate products on so 
| many different platform, does Microsoft 
| look cutting edge or does it look tired and 
| old, struggling to keep up with better 
| technologies and happy users of those 
| products?



Will Internet Explorer 9 be any safer?

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| While Microsoft seems focused on some good
| things, like improving IE's speed and finally
| making it more compatible with the forthcoming
| HTML 5 standard, I didn't see a lot about
| improving the program's own built-in security.
| Indeed, this early test-drive model doesn't
| even include IE 8's SmartScreen anti-malware
| filter and private-browsing function.

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