Tag Archives: microsoft

Bing is now default search engine on IE6

What a terrible practice. Microsoft appears innocent by claiming it is currently investing a solution.

Bing Is Now Your Default Search Engine On IE6, Whether You Like It Or Not

The Next Web reports that users of Internet Explorer 6 are being forced to use Bing as their default search engine — even if they’ve manually switched their preference to another search provider, like Google. Attempts to switch the browser to something other than Bing result in an error message.

While the vast majority of users affected probably won’t even notice the change, some are beginnig to complain (you can find threads in Google’s forums here and here). Microsoft has confirmed the issue to Search Engine Roundtable, explaining that it is currently investigating a solution. (Source: Techcrunch)

By the way Bing is currently my 2nd top referrer.

Ubuntu’s bug #1: Microsoft has a majority market share

Ubuntu’s bug number 1 is reported by Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical Ltd. and as of 2009, provides leadership for the Ubuntu operating system.

Bug #1 in Ubuntu: “Microsoft has a majority market share”

Microsoft has a majority market share in the new desktop PC marketplace.

This is a bug, which Ubuntu is designed to fix.

Non-free software is holding back innovation in the IT industry, restricting access to IT to a small part of the world’s population and limiting the ability of software developers to reach their full potential, globally. This bug is widely evident in the PC industry.

Steps to repeat:

  1. Visit a local PC store.

What happens:

  1. Observe that a majority of PCs for sale have non-free software pre-installed.
  2. Observe very few PCs with Ubuntu and free software pre-installed.

What should happen:

  1. A majority of the PCs for sale should include only free software like Ubuntu.
  2. Ubuntu should be marketed in a way such that its amazing features and benefits would be apparent and known by all.
  3. The system shall become more and more user friendly as time passes.

(Source: Launchpad)

ASP.NET MVC is now opensource

Some exciting news from the ASP.NET world, ASP.NET MVC has been released open-source

Releasing the ASP.NET MVC source code under MS-PL

I’m excited today to announce that we are also releasing the ASP.NET MVC source code under the Microsoft Public License (MS-PL).  MS-PL is an OSI-approved open source license.  The MS-PL contains no platform restrictions and provides broad rights to modify and redistribute the source code.

Learning more about ASP.NET MVC

To learn more about ASP.NET MVC, you can read my free ASP.NET MVC PDF tutorial that covers building an end-to-end application (starting literally with File->New Project).

There were a number of great ASP.NET MVC talks at MIX this year.  Below are links to several of them:

There are also several great ASP.NET MVC tutorials at http://www.asp.net/mvc.  You can also read the ASP.NET MVC MSDN Documentation. (Source: Scott Guthrie’s Blog

This is something worth mentioning. Love seeing more opensource commitments from Microsoft.