Microsoft’s Response To Google’s Removal of H.264

Google’s removal of the H.264 codec in their browser, Chrome, has had some heated discussion online lately. Microsoft has responded to their goof in a humorous way, and in a very true way.

“We expect even more communication between people in the coming year and are therefore focusing our investments in languages that are created based on constructed language principles. To that end, we are changing the spoken and written language of this nation to make it consistent with the form of speech already supported by the Language Creation Society.

Specifically, we are supporting the Esperanto and Klingon languages, and will consider adding support for other high-quality constructed languages in the future. Though English plays an important role in speech today, as our goal is to enable open innovation, its further use as a form of communication in this country will be prohibited and our resources directed towards languages that are untainted by real-world usage.”

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Google Chome Adds Sandbox For Flash Apps

Google’s alternative, and fast, browser now includes a sandbox feature for Adobe Flash applications. Chrome has always been a nice browser, and less vulnerable to attacks, and this adds one more layer of protection. You can download Chrome here.

Since this past March, we’ve been working closely with Adobe to allow Flash Player to take advantage of new sandboxing technology in Chrome, extending the work we’ve already done with sandboxing for HTML rendering and JavaScript execution. This week, we’re excited to roll out the initial Flash Player sandbox for our dev channel users on Windows XP, Vista and 7.

This initial Flash Player sandbox is an important milestone in making Chrome even safer. In particular, users of Windows XP will see a major security benefit, as Chrome is currently the only browser on the XP platform that runs Flash Player in a sandbox. This first iteration of Chrome’s Flash Player sandbox for all Windows platforms uses a modified version of Chrome’s existing sandbox technology that protects certain sensitive resources from being accessed by malicious code, while allowing applications to use less sensitive ones. This implementation is a significant first step in further reducing the potential attack surface of the browser and protecting users against common malware.

While we’ve laid a tremendous amount of groundwork in this initial sandbox, there’s still more work to be done. We’re working to improve protection against additional attack vectors, and will be using this initial effort to provide fully sandboxed implementations of the Flash Player on all platforms.

We’ll be posting updates as we continue working with Adobe to add new security improvements to the Flash Player sandbox. For those of you on the dev channel for Windows, you’ll be automatically updated soon, and we look forward to your feedback as you test it out. If you prefer to disable this initial sandbox in your Chrome dev experience, add –disable-flash-sandbox to the command line.

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Microsoft May Make Most Improved Company 2011

Microsoft has done a lot of things right lately, from Windows 7 to IE9 to the Kinect. All have been successes. The new Windows Phone 7 is posed to be a great success as well. Some say that Microsoft and Google have switched places, and Google is now the Evil Corporation. While the whole “Hippy” evil corporations, and The Man keeps us down stuff is pretty lame, Google has been up to some unethical activity lately. Of course, there are some out there that would disagree and Microsoft will forever be the Evil ones. Apple, on the other hand, are always there to help. They do it for the hope of mankind, making zero profits…

Granted, Windows Vista had been a bit of a pig (initially), so we saw a huge delta in the more mature Windows 7 offering. Still, this product effectively killed Apple’s hitherto successful Mac vs. PC campaign because it was so good. Really, you just can’t be credible saying something sucks that worked this good.

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Google Vs. Bing on Windows Phone 7

CNET does a simple and sweet review on Google vs. Bing on the new Windows Phone 7. Sadly, Google just half baked their application and it is selling it’s search results rather than a good product. That worked 10 years ago, but not so much these days. Bing, on the other hand, stands out on it’s native Microsoft powered phone.

Like others, Google Search uses the phone’s GPS to localize searches (on the Samsung Focus, in this case). It hands out search suggestions as you type, but only if you type slowly, we found. It also keeps track of your previous searches, a boon for anyone hoping to bypass typing and repeat a search. Results appear in a browser window, which provides access to image, local, and news results as well as the Web findings.

And that’s about it. While suggestions and history are nice additions, were hoping for more than a Web shortcut from the Sovereign of Search in its debut Windows Phone app.

On the other hand, Bing’s more polished app enables voice search and spell check in addition to search suggestions. Bing’s results look more striking as well, since they manifest in an app and not in a browser search results page–just as we expect for an integrated search incumbent. Image results and search history are missing; however, Bing’s local results for “bagel” were mapped in an image and spot on.

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Google Copies Bing… Again!?

Yes, Google has copied Bing once again. Instead of people dissing Google, it’s all Microsoft’s fault (isn’t it always?!). Well, this guy says the opposite and that Microsoft is the good guy.

Now, I know that some — if not most — of you just looooove to hate on Bing, but there is absolutely no doubt that they’re getting a lot of things *right* in Google’s eyes and that’s the important thing to consider here. While I will be the first to say that I love Google for its search capabilities and I’ve yet to find a search engine that comes even remotely close to giving me the ability to drill down into results the depth and breadth of Google’s index, I think it’s time for some competition and innovation to happen in the search space.

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Google Search For Windows Phone 7

Google has unleashed their Google Search upon the Microsoft phone. Bing is available on the iPhone and Android, so why not make Google available on the three major smartphones, as well? I like a good alternative, although Bing has been proving to be a worthy adversary for Google.

Searching with Google on your Windows Phone 7 device just got easier. The Google Search app for Windows Phone 7 provides quick and convenient access to a rich set of search results, allowing you to search the web, images, local, news, and more.

This initial release of the Google Search app includes several features that help you to search faster – suggestions appear automatically as you type, you can choose to repeat a query from your search history, and your current location is used to provide more relevant results.
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Why is Google So Upset With Microsoft

I’ve always found it poor form to put down the competition (even with Microsoft) without telling the consumer what you can do for them. Google has been dissing Microsoft, their phone, their OS, but with little to back it up. How can they put down the phone OS when Microsoft has been putting out phone OS’s with Windows Mobile before Google even had  an Android thought? I’m thinking that Windows Phone 7 is a much bigger competitor than both Apple and Google first imagined.

Clearly Micorosoft is a hugely profitable company with a great many products and product areas that directly bring revenue into the company.  Apple is the same with a great many product areas from servers to MP3 players that again bring in revenue.  They may not have as many product lines as Microsoft or the same market share but they’re doing extremely well.

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