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Poll: Is Microsoft in the right doing this?

Do you think that Microsoft should be allowing Firefox users use Windows Update?

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Matt T

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Firefox users can't access Windows Updates, do you think this is fair?

Edited by Matt T, 16 December 2007 - 09:39 PM.

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Microsoft's update sites use ActiveX, which only Internet Explorer uses. You can still get away with not using IE to get updates by using automatic updates.
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Makes sense :tazz:

Edited by Matt T, 16 December 2007 - 09:40 PM.

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Service Pack 3 for Windows XP hasn't been released yet. I don't use MSN Messenger, so I don't know.
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Yeah no such thing as SP3 to get the handwriting the only way i know is to have the full office 2003 package with the onenote software and it works through that.

Its really understandable, Microsoft made IE and its heavily integrated into windows and they used it so the activex controls could check validity, firefox doesnt use activex so that wouldnt work obviously. You can still use FF just use the IE tab plugin for that stuff.
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Oh I see :tazz:

Edited by Matt T, 16 December 2007 - 09:41 PM.

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Handwriting is available with Office XP Pro and Office 2003 Pro
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It would help if I had the full Microsoft Office package then :tazz:

Edited by Matt T, 16 December 2007 - 09:41 PM.

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I am sick of Firefox and trying to accomodate all of its quirks. MS sold us the OS, and they are entitled to update it any way they choose. They could tap a few keys and send (almost) every Windows computer online off, delete its data and crash the Internet. We have to trust that some disgruntled code monkey doesn't get fed up and "go postal". Meanwhile, Firefox comes along and misleads people who should know better that it is "safer" than IE (just not as functional, sorry) and so far they've just been lucky. Firefox wasn't a target for hackers like IE, and people just didn't care enough about Firefox to target it. That has changed, because supposedly savvy people all use Firefox, and they have better computers. Then Firefox developed all these plug ins to comfort those who missed the options available with IE by default, and now Firefox users are running a bloated insecure poorly supported browser, and are still under some kind of magic spell that they are "safe". Firefox isn't even convenient to use, but the loyalty it has inspired is awesome. Last thing before I step off my soapbox, the "safety" of IE is entirly dependent on the user, and MS is working on that by making it as idiot-proof as possible. They realeased the XP firewall and the Anti Spyware for their benefit, not because the market necessary wanted or needed it, but because MS doesn't want the Internet to crash- that would seriously undermine their cash flow! LOL

rmurphy- you are correct, SP3 has not been officially released yet, but almost every update since SP2 is tagged SP3. It's coming.

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I always thought that you cant access Microsoft site from Firefox becasue the fact that the browser isnt " MICROSOFT Internet Explorer", its sought of like using a BMW's door key on a Merc's door. It just doesnt fit. I think its right though, Microsoft with Microsoft, not Microsoft and Linux or Mozilla.

Cool :)

Edit: Oh yes, this is also the first poll I have seen on this site, great. :tazz:

Edited by spike_hacker_inc, 15 January 2006 - 02:00 AM.

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Dont think i agree with you on firefox johanna , it has more functionality than IE not less, and even at high settings i pick up more spyware and adaware than firefox set at medium to low so the results for me on my computer speak for themselves.
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i strongly disagree with what you are saying here Johanna, firefox is much more secure as there is less people browsing on it at the moment then IE. There are other examples then just this however saying this no matter where you are, or what browser you use you will always be at a risk. Not even MS can or at any point stop this. In my opinion as long as you are surfing a the "more" populaire browser you will always be, IN MOST CASES, at a greater risk. As for shutting down every computer at the click of a button, i'm sure micrsoft doesn't have this power, because if they did, they would have had someone attempt to do it by now. Instead of just trying to access individual computers.
However this is my view and others most likely share a different one.

thanx
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Edited by james_8970, 16 January 2006 - 08:19 PM.

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