Microsoft Offers Up $10K to Use IE8

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Microsoft is apparently trying a new approach to increase its Internet Explorer 8 user base: Offering up $10,000. The money is the prize in a contest that's hosted on Microsoft's Australia Web site where clues leading to the booty are doled out -- but only if you are using IE8.

The contest Web page tells visitors that aren't using IE8 they are out of luck, and even goes so far as to mention their browser by name in its heckling. Safari and OmniWeb, for example, are "boring."

The contest is open only in Australia, although Web surfers can check out the Web site from other parts of the world.

While the idea of offering prizes to entice people to use a product isn't new, Microsoft's contest feels more like a scramble to bump up IE8's adoption. The Redmond-based company has made a point of highlighting the browser's standards compliance, yet seems to toss that notion aside by relying on features that are available only through Internet Explorer 8.

Comments

James

Good grief. As if the charity thing weren’t tacky enough (why not just give the money to charity?). I am so glad the cracks are finally becoming visible in this reprehensible company. Sheesh. Posted with Safari 4.0.1.

ziploc

Ahhh… the ole’ pork chop trick, good one MS!

Lee Dronick

Its a scam! The terms and conditions on the website specify that the winner will be payed by “cheque.” We all know that spelling errors on a website or in an email are in indication of spam or phishing. smile

Well changing the user agent in Safari to Explorer 8 does not fool them.

xmattingly

Jesus. Regarding the “charitable contribution”:

This is only more evidence that M$ interest is much more in bumping their numbers than doing something genuine & decent.

rpaege

Its a scam! The terms and conditions on the website specify that the winner will be payed by ?cheque.? We all know that spelling errors on a website or in an email are in indication of spam or phishing.


I hope you’re kidding Harry.

Lee Dronick

I hope you?re kidding Harry.

Yes, of course, that is why I included the the smiley face

Regular readers here know that I enjoy making off colour jokes.

geoduck

MS must be getting really desperate. The number of IE users are dropping every month. The thing is that IE8 is better than IE7 or 6. IMO people are not adopting because they have gotten burned by MS too many times. I wonder how many of these people who are downloading for the donation or the chance to win will immediately go back to their old browser.

Doesn’t bode well for Win7.

Lee Dronick

MS must be getting really desperate. The number of IE users are dropping every month. The thing is that IE8 is better than IE7 or 6. IMO people are not adopting because they have gotten burned by MS too many times. I wonder how many of these people who are downloading for the donation or the chance to win will immediately go back to their old browser.

Doesn?t bode well for Win7.

I went to the Explorer 8 website to find the system requirements, I wanted to see if it will work on my HP running XP. I had to drill down through the Moho Layer to find the system requirements, you would think that it would be on the home page.

Anyway I hope that it meets W3C standards

geoduck

I had to drill down through the Moho Layer to find the system requirements,

Cool, a Geology reference. I think may be about the only people that will get that one.

Lee Dronick

Cool, a Geology reference. I think may be about the only people that will get that one.

I can hold onto a cliche for decades and then apply it when appropriate. Are you old enough to remember Project Moho? Back in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s they were going to drill down through the Earth’s layers to do research. The project was cancelled for either funding problems or they were afraid that at night Morlocks would climb out of the bore and kidnap surface dwellers to use as a food item.

geoduck

LOL
Oh yeah I remember Project Moho. I seem to remember some of the Deep Sea Drilling Project holes did get close.

xmattingly

Wow… I never heard of that one. Does MoHo stand for Morlock Hole? :D

Lee Dronick

Wow? I never heard of that one. Does MoHo stand for Morlock Hole?

Good one!

Moho is short for Mohorovi?i?, I hope those characters come through. He was the scientist, a seismologist, who discovered the layer about 100 years ago.

Morlocks were the cannibalistic humanoid cave dwellers in the H.G. Wells story The Time Machine. They fed on the surface humanoids, the Eloi.

Okay enough off topic stuff, sorry for hijacking the thread.

steve

Harry, don’t be ignorant.

That is how cheque is spelt here in Australia, as is the spelling with colour and neighbour.

Just a reminder that US English is NOT a language.

smile

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