Microsoft sends Mozilla a congratulations cake for shipping Firefox 4

By Tom Warren, on 22nd Mar 11 10:20 pm with 29 Comments

Microsoft sent Mozilla a congratulatory cake on Tuesday for shipping Firefox 4.

The software giant sent a similar cake in 2008 when Mozilla originally shipped Firefox 3, and it appears the trend has continued. Microsoft’s latest cake is almost identical to the previous one. Mozilla shipped Firefox 4 on Tuesday and reached 3 million downloads only hours after release. Mozilla claims this is 135 downloads per second – 8200 per minute. Despite Microsoft’s Internet Explorer cake efforts, the company’s marketing team made a booboo on Tuesday. Microsoft paid for a promoted tweet of Internet Explorer 9 to appear in the Firefox search results on Twitter. The company was quick to trash the marketing stunt after complaints started rolling-in on the social networking site.

Internet Explorer 9 was released to the web on Monday March 14 and clocked up 27 downloads per second, over 250 downloads every 10 seconds. Microsoft claims it reached 2.3 million Internet Explorer 9 downloads in just 24 hours. Mozilla smashed this figure only hours after its release, meanwhile the company is celebrating its release with bear costumes and now a cake from Microsoft.

Internet Explorer cake

Image Credit: Jay Patel (Twitter)

  • Sebastian Gorgon

    i would love a piece of that… unless its mint! i don’t like mint!

    • Tim Fangon

      Mmm.. Mint chocolate chip…

    • bernard

      It’s probably Trident.

    • Seb

      Same here.

  • Leon Zandman

    That cake is a lie!

  • Ali Salem


  • Sebastian Gorgon
  • what

    I wonder if they deliberately made it so much worse than the last one?

    • Anonymous

      Hey, it’s probably been sitting in a fridge since FF4 was supposed to be realeased about 5 years ago ;)

  • Steve

    mmmm cake….

  • Josè Daniel

    Too bad this didn’t make a difference to Rouget not even a bit of shame

  • Chinonso

    hahahahahah Microsoft is just being mischievous.

  • Anonymous

    Should check whether it’s poisoned.

  • Tim Fangon

    Aww. :) Just makes you think sometimes of what the developers really think of each other, while instead, we all blam and blah who’s better. Much respect. ;)

  • ted

    Or maybe they are poking fun at how long it took to ship?

  • JJ Murphy

    The IE team is usually pretty classy. You don’t hear them sling mud like some other browser groups.

  • WilliamTM
  • AFox

    Bear costumes? I think you’ll find it’s a fox costume.

  • Anonymous

    Isnt 27 downloads x 10 second = 270 downloads?

  • Shiro

    What? No love for Chrome??

  • Shiro

    I never met a free cake that I did not like.

  • Master George

    The mighty Chewbacca says:

    “More cake for MEAH!”

  • Anonymous

    complaints about the twitter marketing stunt…. Had Apple done it the move would be hailed as “marketing genius”

  • Abhinav Kumar

    At 7.1 million downloads in first 24 hours, it’s 82 downloads per second.

  • djrikki

    hmm sounds like an idea stolen from the AmigaOne X1000′s CPU reveal recently… but alas I doubt that caught the eyes of MS

  • Sniper


  • Elmjeckelmjeck
  • Abhijit

    Bear costume?!?!?! Is the browser called FireBEAR?!?

  • reflex bash

    Are they trying to be funny ?
    Its like theyre saying “Hey thanks for making an actually better browser than ours and stealing our market share”