Microsot Edge coming to iOS and Android smartphone

You read it right.

Microsoft announced that their Edge web browser would be coming to iOS and Android – phone only – not tablets for now. On iOS, Edge is based on the WebKit engine, and on Android, the Chromium browser project. Both will probably be released by year end

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The web browser war ended…

… long ago.

Finally after 5 years, Microsoft can official ditch the dumb browser menu enforced on them in Europe by the European Commission.

If you remember, in 2009, the EC decided that Internet Explorer had too much of a monopoly and wanted to level the playing field. So they told Microsoft to have a menu so that users can choose the web browser they want or they can’t sell Windows in Europe.

Quietly this week, Microsoft released a knowledgebase article which shows how to disable the update. New systems [at this time it only applies to Windows 7] will not receive the update.

This was always a joke. Windows users in Europe had this stupid menu to choose a browser – as if most don’t already know what browser they wanted and where to find it.

So why is it that OS X users didn’t have a menu system to choose another browser besides Safari [who wouldn’t choose another browser?] or even Linux distributions with a choice as well?

It was just as dumb when European Windows users couldn’t have Windows Media Player with Windows.

This plus recent decisions show that the EC just don’t know what they are doing.

Now the talk of Google splitting has a similar feel because Google has a large majority in both search and ad engines and the two combined is not a good thing to be king.

While Internet Explorer still has the lead on laptops and desktops, Google’s Chrome browser has the overall lead if you add devices such as tablets and smartphones to the mix.

Microsoft fined $731 million by EC over browser menu goof

Microsoft is to learn the hard way that “a deal is a deal,” at least in the eyes of the European Union, by being forced to swallow a massive fine for breaching earlier promises made with the 27 member state bloc.

Microsoft has been fined $731 million by European authorities for falling foul of previous antitrust settlement conditions. The software giant breached a settlement that it signed with the European Commission in 2009, which mandated that it display a “browser choice” screen on all existing and new PCs in the region.

OK. So Microsoft goofed on the browser choice.

By why is it REALLY needed to have a menu? I know of one friend who uses IE on a new computer to download the latest Firefox version and then forgets about IE.

If Mozilla claims that they lost 9 million downloads [I’d really like to see how they came up with that number] then it is not because of having no choice but because they are fed up with the constant updates because of bugs. Why isn’t Google complaining about a loss in downloads? How can one be affected so greatly while the other one isn’t?

Second, if they didn’t grab another browser it is because the user really doesn’t care what browser they use. I think the majority of users can figure out what they want in a browser instead of a dumb menu.

While at it, why isn’t OS X, iOS and the various Linux distros unaffected by the ruling that Windows requires a browser choice while the others don’t? All the operating systems have a web browser. So why do they get this privilege?