Microsoft

ActiveX & Fx 2.0

We recently an e-mail in our Info box asking about an ActiveX plug-in for Firefox 2. I thought at first this is a rather odd question, of course there is an ActiveX plug-in for Fx 2. Why wouldn’t there be? After some extensive research I discovered there is NOT an ActiveX Plug-in for Fx 2 and likely won’t ever be. Okay, so now why isn’t there is an ActiveX plug-in for Fx 2? For starters, ActiveX is Microsoft technology and Firefox is not a Microsoft product. I think the main reason (and a valid one at that) why Mozilla choose…

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XP Supported Longer Than Vista?

About a month ago I wrote about Windows XP Support Continuing until 2014. Tonight on CybertNet , Ryan pointed out that the Microsoft Support Lifecycle site indicates Microsoft will end support for Windows Vista Ultimate Edition in 2012. Huh?! This does not make sense how can the older Windows XP be supported two years longer then the just released Windows Vista? Is this old information? Is Microsoft trying to see if we are paying attention? Or could it be an indication that there will be another Windows operating system (Vienna/Windows 7) by 2012? Not really sure what to think at…

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Windows Live Hotmail

I’ve been a Windows Live Mail Beta (@live.com) user for a while now. So far it has been the best of the web based e-mail clients I have used. I’ve used Lycos, MyWay, Yahoo and even Hotmail in the past but the accounts always become bombarded with spam. Even with the spam protection enabled I still get up to 10+ spam e-mails in my Yahoo Mail INBOX on a daily basis. The only downside, since Windows Live Mail is a Microsoft product, I have to use IE Tab for the messages to display correctly. Sometime in the near future, Windows…

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XP Support Continues

Just because Windows Vista is being released today does not mean Mozilla is going to stop supporting Windows XP after the upcoming Firefox 3 release later this year. The only reason Mozilla ended support for Windows 95/98/Me with the upcoming Firefox 3 release was because Microsoft discontinued support for these obsolete operating systems. Mozilla’s plans are as long as Microsoft continues to support Windows XP, they will continue to support XP with future Firefox releases. So now million dollar question: When does Microsoft plan to discontinue Windows XP support? The answer depends on if you were using XP Home or…

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Who patches better: Microsoft or Mozilla?

An Interview with Window Snyder Window Snyder was a senior security strategist at Microsoft before leaving in 2005 to become a founder and CTO of Matasano Security LLC. Last September she became Mozilla Corp.’s security chief and is now responsible for locking down the popular Firefox browser and other programs. In this Q&A, Snyder credits Microsoft for working hard at a faster and more accurate patching process and admits that, sometimes, even Mozilla has to pull back on security updates at the 11th hour. But she says Mozilla will always be a step ahead because a huge open source community…

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Windows Vista Updates

Allrightythen, now that both Firefox 1.5.0.8 & Thunderbird 1.5.0.8 have been released there is not much Mozilla news right now. However, there is lots of Microsoft news, including some regarding Windows Vista: On November 8th, Microsoft announced Windows Vista is completed and will be released January 30, 2007. Todd Bishop (Seattle Post Intelligencer) did some checking in the Seattle area and discovered there are some PC retailers are getting orders for Windows Vista Systems, but still not much demand at this time. What Vista Sounds Like (Compared to Windows XP) QuickTime Video Actually, they sound very similar. Vista sounds however…

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Update: ONE Lifetime Transfer with Windows Vista

Last month I had pointed out in my post: ONE Lifetime Transfer with Windows Vista, a change to Microsoft EULA in regards to transferring your copy of Windows Vista to another device you owned. With the new changes you could make one transfer for the lifetime of the product without having to purchase a new license. From CyberNet News >>Vista Entices PC Enthusiasts With License Changes: Windows Vista Team Blog had to say about it: You may uninstall the software and install it on another device for your use. You may not do so to share this license between devices….

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Why Windows Vista and Office 2007 are so Expensive

Almost two months ago Microsoft announced the prices for Windows Vista and Office 2007 (see Update: Windows Vista Prices). Perhaps the new packaging (scroll down for more) has something to do with the higher prices? Here are few other blog sites comments: From CyberNet News: “Somehow The Vista Team Blog came up with a very unique way of making it sound like the packaging alone is worth hundreds of dollars. Shall we see how many words you can use describe a package: “Designed to be user-friendly, the new packaging is a small, hard, plastic container that’s designed to protect the…

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As If WGA Wasn’t Enough!

Sometimes I wonder what the folks at Microsoft do all day. I am beginning to think they sit around and come up with new ways to piss off what few customers they have left. I am not a fan (as if anyone is) of Microsoft’s Windows Genuine Advantage validating software. So much so I have removed it from my machine and refuse to install, even if means I cain’t get IE7 or any of the new Microsoft applications. Now understand I DO have a valid copy of Windows XP and it even passes WGA. Well, it seems as if WGA…

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Add-Ons: IE VS Firefox

Thanks to the comment left by Mariam, on my IE7 RELEASED (for most)! entry I learned something interesting, Microsoft has a site, Add-Ons For Internet Explorer. Now given my experience (nearly 2 years now) with using Mozilla Firefox as well as Netscape, when I think add-ons I think extensions. Extensions, as in min-programs that integrate into and can be managed (removed, configured or disabled) via the browser. Extensions which are one with your browser. I was somewhat excited, thinking finally IE has moved into the 21st century! As I looked through this site I notice these “add-ons” are not extensions….

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