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09.18.10

Media Blitz for Internet Explorer 9 Partly an Advertisement for Vista 7

Posted in Africa, Antitrust, Europe, Microsoft at 1:13 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ghana banana leaf plantation
Ghana banana leaf plantation

Summary: Complaints about Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) being used as a tool for marketing Vista 7 and the continued injustices of Internet Explorer

THE excellent Web site called Ghabuntu previously reported on Microsoft tricks which were used in Ghana to spread Internet Explorer. There are a couple of new posts from Ghabuntu and the author complains about other tricks that relate to IE9.

Your Internet- Should Internet Explorer Get its Way

[...]

First off all sites will only display a message telling you how you need to view it via IE9. Then when you hop over to download IE9 and are unfortunate to be using XP, you’d be told to switch to 7. That will require you to shell out some cash. With XP still being the dominant OS version out there, that would mean heaps of upgrade cash for Redmond.

From another new post:

I actually need to shell money to upgrade to 7 before I can try the beta? Mr Ballmer, WTF!

IE9 promotion as we covered it in [1, 2] is also somewhat of an attempt to tell people that they should upgrade to Vista 7, even though Internet Explorer is just a tool for Windows users to get a better Web browser (funny picture) which works in many operating systems and many versions of Windows. The other option (in Europe at least) is the ballot which we wrote about under:

  1. Browser Ballot Critique
  2. Microsoft’s Fake “Choice” Campaign is Back
  3. Microsoft Claimed to be Cheating in Web Browsers Ballot
  4. Microsoft Loses Impact in the Web Despite Unfair Ballot Placements
  5. Given Choice, Customers Reject Microsoft
  6. Microsoft is Still Cheating in Browser Ballot — Claim
  7. Microsoft’s Browser Ballot is Broken Again and Internet Explorer 8 is Critically Flawed
  8. The Microsoft Who Cried “Wolf!”

No matter the selection in the ballot, Internet Explorer is a mandatory option (potentially alongside another Web browser). Microsoft still does not play fair in Web browsers, not even in Europe where antitrust steps were taken.

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