Microsoft: We did not use Firefox

Oddly enough, Microsoft is promoting Mozilla Firefox. The company recently provided the press with a screenshot of MSN Search displayed on the open source browser. Microsoft's PR firm denied using Firefox for any of MSN Search's screenshots. Alert reader Dror Levin read a review of the new MSN Search on the Seattle Post Intelligencer. He noticed something strange about the screenshot in the article, found a larger version of it and was surprised to find out that while the OS was Windows XP, the browser used was Firefox. The photo credit says "(AP Photo/HO/Microsoft)", which means it was distributed to AP by Microsoft. Brian Peterson, of Microsoft's PR firm Waggener Edstrom, said: "None of our approved/distributed screen shots of MSN Search were made using a Mozilla Firefox browser. Moving forward, we will not be commenting on this issue".
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November 26, 2004 10:27 AM | Posted in Mozilla


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He he sure, the screens were likely made using a screen capture program. LOL

Comment by Anonymous at November 26, 2004 11:02 AM | Permalink

No: They did their screen shots with a 8mm, but the screenshots were made using a capture programm while *someone* was using Firefox.

Comment by at November 26, 2004 01:07 PM | Permalink

Hahaha. That's nice. Here's a larger version:

There's some VERY interesting things in this screenshot, too:

* Google Desktop Search is in the systray
* Windows' "updates available" icon is pre-SP2.

Comment by Maurício at November 26, 2004 02:40 PM | Permalink

Seen this photo?

It's Microsoft IT Forum 2004, look at the sixth icon right from the Start button. :)

Site icon Comment by marcoos at November 26, 2004 05:35 PM | Permalink

I like how this IEBlog* post is about "Why I Like Windows" because "Firefox" "runs on it".

* the blog for IE Developers

Site icon Comment by Block Sheep at November 26, 2004 05:54 PM | Permalink

So it`s true. Open Source IS viral.
And now they are infected.
Missioh completed. :D

Comment by at November 26, 2004 09:47 PM | Permalink

Sue the bastards!

The Firefox logo is a trademark belonging to Mozilla.
The Firefox logo is definately on the browser in the screenshot.
They say Firefox isn't used in the screenshot.

Therefore they _must_ be using the Firefox trademark on their own browser without permission!

Sue the bastards!

Comment by Paul Mcgarry at November 26, 2004 11:58 PM | Permalink

I feel like this has been rehashed before (at least, all the comments have...).

Site icon Comment by Hunter Chorey at November 27, 2004 06:20 PM | Permalink

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