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Old 12-20-2005, 10:49 AM
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Firefox vs MS

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BURLINGAME, CALIF. - It's just one minor battle in a war it likely won't win, but Mozilla's Firefox has tasted victory--and it is little and orange.

Microsoft's (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) forthcoming Internet Explorer 7 browser will adopt Firefox's RSS feed icon, the company announced on a blog--effectively making the orange square with white radio waves the industry standard.

RSS, which stands for both Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication, is a system for generating automated feeds of Web site updates--such as blog postings or news--and sending them to an e-mail address or an RSS reader. Some 31% of Web users have used RSS to get information according to market research firm Ipsos Insight.

Representatives of giant Microsoft's Redmond, Wash.-based IE7 team even took a trip down to tiny Mozilla's Mountain View, Calif. offices to work out a deal. "We all agreed that itís in the userís best interest to have one common icon to represent RSS and RSS-related features in a browser," the Microsoft team wrote. The team had said in October that it would design an original RSS icon.

The 12th version of Microsoft's outlook e-mail client, due out in 2006, will also use the orange icon.

The seventh IE browser, due out in mid-2006, will be the first version to feature RSS feed searches and bookmarks, but unlike in Firefox, users will not be able to read a list of each feed's headlines.

More than 14% of Americans use Firefox as their main Web browser, according to OneStat, a Web traffic analysis firm.

Mozilla's Firefox, which is compatible with both PC and Mac systems, has seen rapid adoption since it was first released in November 2004. Developed by a group of programmers, spearheaded by wunderkind Blake Ross in 2003, more than 100 million people downloaded the free software and chose to use it instead of Microsoft's Internet Explorer because of the program's extra features like an integrated pop-up ad blocker and tabbed browsing.

While the software is free, it is now managed by the Mozilla Corporation, a for-profit organization established in August.
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Old 12-20-2005, 02:15 PM
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Microsoft recently announced that they will no long upgrade or offer support for the Apple OS version of Internet Explorer. They suggested that users convert to other browser, including Safari.
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Old 12-20-2005, 02:33 PM
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Microsoft recently announced that they will no long upgrade or offer support for the Apple OS version of Internet Explorer. They suggested that users convert to other browser, including Safari.
So much for using IE for my corp. email

Looks like I'm going to have a copy of Virtual PC under the Christmas tree.
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Old 12-20-2005, 02:43 PM
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Unless your corp. webmail incorporates some future feature of IE,then the older version, even though MSFT will deny that it exists, should work fine.
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Old 12-20-2005, 02:51 PM
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I have to use the "lite" version of our webmail, I think I'm going to experiment with a blackberry emulator since they do support that. People thought that the broswer anti-trust suit was a bunch of Hub Bub....for those that think that try taking you mac to work and see how well it works on your corp. system. Luckily I made pals with the mac guys in IT and they are furnishing me with the stuff I need. They offered a winders laptop but i said.......nope.
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Old 12-20-2005, 03:11 PM
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Finding the digerati at work can be troublesome but it's worth it.
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