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Microsoft Axes “Advanced Notification Service”

Source: Norse and Microsoft Technet

In a very interesting move, Microsoft has made the decision to ax its “Advanced Notification Service”. Almost as a move to alienate more of its customer base, Microsoft has decided that the Advanced Notification Service will only be available to select premier customers, that are involved with Microsoft’s security program.

This seems to be a very bad move on the part of Microsoft, with no real advantage coming from it. Since they are still distributing the information to select customers, there will be no savings there. I just don’t understand why Microsoft would make this move.

From the Norse Blog:

But Microsoft believes that organizations who employ their products have shifted how they use the ANS, and the company has come to the decision that the majority of the non-premium customers no longer need the lead time to prepare, as they typically just wait for automatic patching to occur.

“While some customers still rely on ANS, the vast majority wait for Update Tuesday, or take no action, allowing updates to occur automatically. More and more customers today are seeking to cut through the clutter and obtain security information tailored to their organizations,” Betz said.

Internet Explorer must die

Source: CNN Money

Internet Explorer must die! I love the title of this article. Internet Explorer first roared onto the market, to battle Netscape Navigator, in 1995 (over 19 years ago). Since then, Internet Explorer has been plagued by numerous security, compatibility, and usability issues, making it one of the most despised applications by security experts.

I have used Internet Explorer minimally (only required to to access certain SharePoint sites, within company’s intranet). I whole-heartedly agree, that Internet Explorer should be placed in the scrap-heap, and either re-done, or preferably removed, and let the Internet Explorer team focus on writing plug-ins for Chrome and Firefox.

From the article:

The browser has become synonymous with bugs, security problems and outdated technology. Even as Internet Explorer has improved dramatically in recent years, it continues to lose serious ground to rival browsers.

Once the most-used Web browser, Internet Explorer had been on a steady downward trajectory for years. Its share of the browser market fell below the 50% threshold in 2010 and sank below 20% in October, according to browser usage tracker StatCounter.Google’s (GOOGL, Tech30) Chrome is currently the browser leader, commanding a 48% share of the market.