Microsoft Slings Mud At Google Help Google Chrome More Popular

microsoft-vs-google Internet Explorer product manager Pete LePage, did a stupid thing on this April Fools’s Day 2010, publicly attacked Google Chrome, accusing its arch web rival of compromising user privacy with the browser’s data-gathering address bar and claimed that its Internet Explorer 8 browser offers greater privacy than Google’s Chrome.

From the market share history we could know, Microsoft Internet Explorer market share has since declined, Internet Explorer remains the dominant web browser, with a global usage share of around 60%. Microsoft know that Mozilla Firefox is the main adversary on browser market, Microsoft hope Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9) can compete with Mozilla Firefox. But now, Microsoft began to be aware of Google, the search engine giant, probably would be their the biggest “enemy”.


Microsoft dominates the usage share of desktop operating systems and the software market in word processing and spreadsheet applications, which are also the principal source of Micrsoft’s income.

Let’s look back what Google have done:

The operating system dominance challenged, July 7, 2009,Google announced Chrome OS was set to have a publicly available stable release during the second half of 2010. Google Chrome OS is aimed at users who spend most of their computer time on the Internet.


The word processing and spreadsheet applications challenged, Google Docs combines the features of two services, Writely and Spreadsheets, which were merged into a single product on October 10, 2006. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users. A variety of formats (ODF, HTML, PDF, RTF, Text, Word, Xls) etc be supported.


Now, I think we have known the background which can help us understand why LePage talked  such nonsense.

How does Google Chrome track what users type?

By instantly sending whatever they enter into Chrome’s combination search box-web address bar to Google. This means that, even if you don’t intend to actually search for a certain term or visit a particular website, Google "knows" what you’ve typed, even if you don’t hit the "enter" key. "The information is being sent so that the search provider can help the user choose a query right in their browser," says Emil Protalinski in Ars Technica.

How is Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser different?

According to Microsoft’s LePage, Internet Explorer 8 doesn’t have this privacy issue because it separates the web address bar and the search box. "By keeping these boxes separate," says LePage, "your privacy is better protected and the addresses of the sites you’re visiting aren’t automatically shared with Microsoft, or anyone else."

What is the truth?  I think over 95% readers know, not only Google Chrome, but also other browsers, of course include Internet Explorer, anything we type in search-web address field/search box is sent to whatever search engine you’ve selected to use in your browser. If LePage set his default search engine to Bing, The information will be sent to Microsoft Bing.

Though this video has removed its video from TechNet, but in fact, Microsoft has helped Google to make a good AD.

At last, what I want to say is, most people think the privacy is useless, because Google or Microsoft Bing can not collect your real name, sexy, and other useful information like credit card number which you think. However, for a country, if most surfers using Google to find what they want, Google can analyze from which they collected, what is the most interest thing or news for the people on this area, what they want to buy, where they want to go, what they want to eat… etc. Is it terrible?

“Google” needn’t know “his” real name and “his” credit card number, however “Google” took what they need. Now, I think I have known this event a little. :)

Other sounds:

Microsoft says Chrome disrespects users’ privacy

IN WHAT might be the most obvious case of the pot calling the kettle black, Microsoft has claimed that its Internet Explorer 8 browser offers greater privacy than Google’s Chrome…

Microsoft slings mud at Google Chrome Accuses browser rival of ‘stealing privacy’

Microsoft has publicly attacked Google Chrome, accusing its arch web rival of compromising user privacy with the browser’s data-gathering address bar…

Hey Microsoft, Privacy Has Many Facets

This week, Microsoft took a pretty nasty swipe at Google’s Chrome browser, claiming that it compromises your privacy. If you read the words in just the right way, Microsoft has a valid point. The problem with Microsoft starting a fight like this, though, is that they have a lot more to lose than Google…

Microsoft: Google Chrome doesn’t respect your privacy

Microsoft is going on the offensive against Google, accusing the search giant of creating a browser that does not respect user privacy. The company posted a video, embedded below, on TechNet Edge with the following description: "Watch a demo on how Google Chrome collects every keystroke you make and how Internet Explorer 8 keeps your information private through two address bars and In Private browsing."…

Is your browser spying on you?

How does Google Chrome track what users type?

How is Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser different?

Are Microsoft’s claims true?

Is there any way to prevent this from happening?

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