Microsoft has been on a worldwide campaign to phase out Internet Explorer 6 because of its incredible age; it was released a decade ago. The Internet has changed a lot in the last decade, and the accidental longevity of IE6 has meant that web developers have had to contend with the limitations of the old browser. Because of this, Microsoft has been advertising and encouraging the upgrade to the most modern browser for your platform: IE8 for Windows XP or IE9 for Vista and better. Unfortunately, where there has been some progress made, it hasn't been great. In fact, as of writing, 8.3% of the world still uses IE6. That is a frightening number.
Microsoft has finally decided to go a little militant on IE6 (and IE7) by adding Internet Explorer updates to the critical list on Windows Update. They have also retired the need for IE upgrades to be interacted with (such as hitting next 10 times before IE8 will install on XP). Over the next few months, any computer running Windows Update will automatically be upgraded to the most modern version of the browser for their computer.
This leaves Apple's Safari as the only major browser to not automatically update itself in the background without any input from the user. This is a feature that all IT and software professionals have been wanting for ages now. Supporting antique browsers means tremendous amounts of work for both sides of the computer industry. IT has to worry about a decade worth of security flaws and holes that have remained open because users will not upgrade. Web developers have to go through major tricks to make older browsers still run more modern websites. Some sites, such as Google and WordPress, have dropped support for the old browsers entirely already, informing their customers that if they want to use the software, they need to upgrade.
Of course, if you like running on the cutting edge of 20th Century technology, you do have the ability to opt-out of the upgrade, but we suspect very few people will do this. If you are still running IE6, it is probably because you don't know how to interact with a dialog box, so going into Windows Update scheduled settings and turning off automatic updates is probably not going to happen.
Back in July, Microsoft made a mistake and gave us an accidental look on their secret project, Socl.com, codenamed Tulalip. Their probably brilliant mistake has turned into a full project as this week the company announced the launch of So.cl (socl.com redirects you to so.cl), which is a hybrid of social media meets project sharing meets learning network. The difference between this and Google Wave is that Microsoft has an idea of what they want to do and we're they're going with this new site.
If you haven't heard by now, Xbox LIVE's new dashboard update was released last week. On the grand scale, the update was an overall pleasant one, however the lack of the new media partners at rollout of the update left a bitter taste in the mouths of the masses. To be fair, Major Nelson did report that we'd see the video and live TV content during the holiday season and not specifically with the dashboard update, but it would've made more sense for Microsoft to release it all at the same time.
At any rate, just a handful of days after the dashboard was refreshed, we now have more media partners signing on to LIVE. While we're still waiting on a couple, there's some nice additions waiting for your downloading pleasure. We dive into the details after the break.
The past few weeks have been a little uncertain for Clearwire. From their possible skip on a huge debt to losing 3 resellers, the industry was worried that it would lose a big player in the wireless game. Never fear, though, because Sprint is here to save the day. The company announced this week that there may be up to $1.6 billion in payments to Clearwire for their WiMax and future LTE services.
These modified agreements were made in what seems to be Clear's last hour of life, but was also put together to meet Sprint's growing 4G needs, as it gives Sprint unlimited access to the network.
It's been a while since OnLive has made headlines. We go back about a year ago, when we last spoke of OnLive and that they launched a microconsole for your gaming enjoyment. This week, OnLive has recognized the trend that people play games on smartphones and tablets. However, OnLive hasn't drank all of the GameStop Kool-Aid, and won't limit the way or what games you play on the mobile platform.
What happens when you work for the big Fruit company and you go rant on Facebook about your iPhone, apps and other things Apple? You get fired, of course. That's what happened to employee Samuel Crisp, one of Apple's beloved and adorned Geniuses. It turns out, even though his profile was set to private, one of his friends turned in his comments to Apple management. Apple termed the guy, stating that his comments violated the company's social media policy.
We've talked about firings over Facebook in the past. However, those were a little bit different. This employee's profile was private, as were the comments. Just because one of his friends/co-workers could only think the things Sam was man enough to post and decided to rat him out doesn't mean he should be canned.
This week, Samuel lost his appeal of the wrongful termination, so obviously the next thing that would happen would be that Apple's internal, private social media policy mysteriously was leaked online, and we have it after the break.