Firefox and the Enterprise: An Uneasy Fit

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| In the past, Firefox faced two main obstacles among enterprise users: its
| immaturity, and its incompatibility with corporate Web applications and
| intranets that relied on Microsoft technologies such as ActiveX.
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| An even bigger problem is that Mozilla hasn't formally tested and certified
| either of the two tools.
| "It's absolute FUD to say that you can't administer Firefox well within an
| Active Directory environment with third-party tools," Ebron said, using the
| acronym for "fear, uncertainty and doubt."
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| Vendor Resistance
| Mozilla has no plans to more tightly integrate Firefox and Active Directory,
| according to Chris Hofmann, the open source vendor's director of special
| projects. He dismissed Active Directory as a "proprietary technology" that
| would hurt rather than help Firefox administrators.
| "Multiple levels of permissions applied across different groups adds a lot of
| complexity," he said. "If you look at the track record for that feature, it's
| resulted in less security for IE."


Microsoft ruling may not bolster Europe's new case, warns lawyer

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| The new investigation into Microsoft will look into whether it is legal for a
| company with its market dominance to include web browser Internet Explorer
| with its Windows operating system. It will also look at whether the operating
| system allows for enough interoperability with other companies' software.

EU round two: Commission probing Microsoft conduct on new issues

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| ...I doubt Microsoft's legal team is surprised by this. After the September
| ruling on the first EC case, I asked Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
| whether any additional features of Windows could fall under the same scrutiny
| that Windows Media Player received. Smith said: *
| "I think that it's fair to say that features that the commission regards as
| being present in competing applications may be subject to the kind of
| scrutiny the media player was put under. We basically went through that kind
| of process already for Windows Vista. For example, there was a lot of
| scrutiny on the desktop search feature, on the encryption feature, on the
| various security features in general, on the new file format for portable
| documents and that's probably a fairly indicative list of the kinds of
| features that one would predict they'd focus on in the future..." * * *

Interview with ECIS's Thomas Vinje Regarding Opera's Complaint

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| So that is one of the issues Opera is bringing to the EU Commission, that
| consumers are being held back by Microsoft's long history of extending
| standards with proprietary alterations/additions/tweaks and refusing or
| neglecting to support web standards. Mr. Vinje also speaks about Silverlight
| and I really hope the EU Commission looks into what bundling Silverlight
| could do to the Internet. * *
| The other issue Opera is raising, of course, is bundling, which is what makes
| it possible for a monopoly to ignore standards others would like them to use.
| While it's unknown if the EU Commission will care about standards as an
| antitrust issue, the bundling issue is very much more straightforward, as Mr.
| Vinje explains... * *

Lights out for Silverlight

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| The next point is the availability of the tools. Even though you can
| view Silverlight on OS X, you will have no chance of being able to
| author Silverlight content without a Windows licence. This is a
| conscious decision. On the one hand, Microsoft wants to get
| designers using their Expression toolset yet designers will have
| to come across to the Windows platform in order to do it. It may
| not be such a large hurdle but it is a hurdle nevertheless. Ever
| tried to force an OS X user onto Windows? They cry, they scream
| and they want their (at times) consistent GUI back.