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Microsoft Sends Mozilla IE9 Cupcake

By - Source: WinRumors | B 34 comments

Microsoft is keeping up with its tradition in sending Mozilla something sweet each time a new version of Firefox "ships." Awww, ain't that sweet!

Tuesday Internet browser rival Microsoft sent Mozilla a congratulatory cupcake for shipping Firefox 5. It wasn't six feet tall with a bikini-clad bimbo inside waiting to burst through the icing. There wasn't even anything explosive or stinky that would bring the launch party to a screeching halt. Instead it was just a large cupcake sitting in a box, wrapped with a pretty blue ribbon and sporting Internet Explorer's iconic "e" logo like a big blue eye.

This isn't the first time Microsoft sent Mozilla a tasty congratulatory treat. The Internet Explorer team sent along an entire cake back in 2008 with the launch of Firefox 3, and then sent another somewhat smaller cake this past March when Mozilla unleashed Firefox 4. Typically the IE team sends its "love" with a comment like "congratulations on shipping," but seeing how the desserts keep getting smaller with each Firefox release, the IE team was reduced to writing the love note on the actual shipping box this time around.

So what's the point in sending the sweets if they're not laced with poison to take the rivals out once and for all? There's certainly nothing wrong with a little bit of friendly competition – competition is what drives innovation, and innovation brings us things like VoIP calling within a browser, HTML5 video and Farmville. And after all, even if IE and Firefox are competing browsers, Microsoft still wins in the end given that Firefox enables Windows-based consumers – those who don't like Internet Explorer – to shop for Microsoft products online, watch videos laced with Microsoft ads, and even use Bing to hunt down whatever they choose.

Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 9 on March 14 and saw up to 27 downloads per second, and over 250 downloads every 10 seconds, reaching a reported 2.3 million downloads in just 24 hours. The release of Firefox 5 was much more successful with 5 million downloads in 24 hours, partially thanks to its support for Windows XP. So essentially the cupcake is Microsoft's way of recognizing Mozilla's success while also reminding the Firefox team that Internet Explorer is still lurking in the shadows, waiting to strike at any moment. Oh, and thanks for the business too, gang. Take a bite on us.

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    gerchokas , June 23, 2011 12:15 AM
    If they are into browsers, why dont they send cookies?
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    ta152h , June 23, 2011 1:14 AM
    Cupcakes, and cakes are nice and all that, but nothing says congratulations like a French Maid.
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    Kileak , June 23, 2011 12:12 AM
    Did they send anything to Google for Chrome?
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  • 44 Hide
    gerchokas , June 23, 2011 12:15 AM
    If they are into browsers, why dont they send cookies?
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    eddieroolz , June 23, 2011 12:33 AM
    The cakes are going to be going a lot more often with Mozilla's new release schedule.
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    joytech22 , June 23, 2011 12:46 AM
    That's nice :D 
    I wonder if it tastes as good as it looks.
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    dalethepcman , June 23, 2011 1:11 AM
    eddieroolzThe cakes are going to be going a lot more often with Mozilla's new release schedule.

    Thats why they sent a cupcake instead of a full cake. =D
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    ta152h , June 23, 2011 1:14 AM
    Cupcakes, and cakes are nice and all that, but nothing says congratulations like a French Maid.
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    stm1185 , June 23, 2011 1:28 AM
    I love it. A cupcake for 4-5 since it was a small update, and not really worthy of the new version number.
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    Pyree , June 23, 2011 1:38 AM
    Although unlikely, but do you think MS will send FF and Chrome one of those tower wedding cake if they the ever join force?
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    Anonymous , June 23, 2011 1:55 AM
    The cupcake is a lie.
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    netbanshee , June 23, 2011 2:12 AM
    Who let the spammers in?
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    mortsmi7 , June 23, 2011 2:40 AM
    Pie > Cake
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    Anonymous , June 23, 2011 2:51 AM
    Now we know why mozilla is pushing new major version number, instead smaller revision number like 4.45 or 4.56... It's for the cake (that wasn't just a lie) :D 
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    mman74 , June 23, 2011 2:53 AM
    joytech22That's nice I wonder if it tastes as good as it looks.

    Dare they eat it to find out? I mean who knows what lengths IE might go to to sabotage the competition!
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    Zingam , June 23, 2011 4:44 AM
    KileakDid they send anything to Google for Chrome?


    Chrome is released so often that Microsoft would not be able to afford it. They'll be broke if they decide to send them a cupcake each time a new Chrome gets released.
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    JimmiG , June 23, 2011 7:09 AM
    So that's the real reason Mozilla started "shipping" a new major version update every few weeks? They have a sweet tooth...
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    Herr_Koos , June 23, 2011 7:13 AM
    gerchokasIf they are into browsers, why dont they send cookies?


    Had to give you a thumbs-up for that.. :-)
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    Hupiscratch , June 23, 2011 9:48 AM
    The cupcake is a lie.
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    ShatnerSC , June 23, 2011 10:30 AM
    At last Mozilla's plan with rapid update releases makes sense. They plan to bankrupt Microsoft one cupcake at a time!
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    rantoc , June 23, 2011 11:02 AM
    ZingamChrome is released so often that Microsoft would not be able to afford it. They'll be broke if they decide to send them a cupcake each time a new Chrome gets released.


    They change version numbers more often than some of the geeks change underwear, amazing!
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    back_by_demand , June 23, 2011 11:15 AM
    If the cakes get smaller with each release, considering the plofigacy of the Mozilla release schedule, does that mean this time next year they will be sent a congratulatory crumb?
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