Microsoft has broken away from its traditional celebratory cake for Firefox releases.
The software giant has a habit of sending cakes to Mozilla after the foundation ships an update to its Firefox browser. Mozilla’s recent Firefox 8 release has stemmed the flow of cupcakes from Redmond. Microsoft didn’t ship a cupcake to Mozilla for its Firefox 8 release. “We didn’t do it since we thought it was getting to be overkill,” said a Microsoft spokesperson. “Every six weeks is a lot of cupcakes”, they added.
Microsoft originally shipped a big congratulatory cake to Mozilla in March for shipping Firefox 4. Microsoft then shipped a smaller cupcake to Mozilla in June after the company shipped Firefox 5. Microsoft’s tradition of cupcakes also saw the company ship Mozilla a small cupcake in August when Firefox 6 launched. Microsoft’s final cupcake was sent to Mozilla in late September after the company shipped Firefox 7. The cupcakes were a clear reference to Mozilla’s smaller and rapid work on the Firefox browser software.
Microsoft is currently readying its Internet Explorer 10 browser. The company unveiled a platform preview 3 version of IE10 at its BUILD conference recently. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 platform preview 3 build is only available inside Windows 8, for now. The company previously delivered platform preview 2 in June and has revealed that the final version of Internet Explorer 10 will only be available for Windows 7 and 8. Microsoft confirmed in April that it has no plans to offer IE10 to Vista or Windows XP users. Future platform previews of Internet Explorer 10 will be made available every 8-12 weeks.