Microsoft sends Mozilla another cake for Firefox 4 release

By on March 23, 2011, 5:31 AM
Microsoft has once again sent a congratulatory cake to Mozilla, this time for the release of Firefox 4. This would be the third cake the software giant has sent; it's become a tradition that is celebrated upon major version releases of the open-source browser.

"This is a fine gesture," Frédéric Wenzel, a Mozilla software engineer, said in a statement. "Hat tip to our fellow browser makers in Redmond. Remember: Competition is good for business."

The tradition began in October 2006, when the Internet Explorer 7 development team sent a cake to Mozilla for successful shipping Firefox 2. Given the state of the browser wars at the time, many joked about the cake being poisoned, while others teasingly suggested that Mozilla send a cake back along with the recipe, in reference to the fact that the organization produces open-source software. The IE8 development team sent another cake on June 17, 2008, when Firefox 3 was released.

Mozilla has announced that in 2011, there will be four major releases of its browser. That means that there is still Firefox 5.0, Firefox 6.0, and Firefox 7.0 to come. Firefox 5 is slated for a late June 2011 release. Did Mozilla consider Microsoft's marketing budget when it began planning to change its development cycle?





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Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

"Did Mozilla consider Microsoft's marketing budget when it began planning to change its development cycle?"

I can't stop laughing ahhahaha. Go Mozilla!

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Steve Steve said:

I wonder how it tastes, looks alright? They probably have to set their browsers to use Bing before they can have a slice though.

Guest said:

Most probably they got their hands on a new cyanide shipment those days .. :))

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

wait why isnt someone sueing this time?

Arris Arris said:

Damn my US patent on "Cakes with browser release references in icing/frosting" didn't get approved in time

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

This story isn't an early april fools joke or anything? Its a little hard to believe! well I guess its a nice gesture but still, I do want to try a piece of the cake though!

NeoFlux said:

burty117 said:

This story isn't an early april fools joke or anything? Its a little hard to believe! well I guess its a nice gesture but still, I do want to try a piece of the cake though!

I'm not touching anything with a big blue "e" letter on it, god forbid putting in mouth...

Guest said:

I guess it now becomes clear why Mozilla is releasing so many new versions faster. All that free cake, who wouldn't??

Mizzou Mizzou said:

I think it's cool, nice to see some good natured rivalries and competition.

Guest said:

Thats awesome that they send firefox a cake. Even though they are competers, they still are civil to each other.

Since the cake is from microsoft, I wonder if the cake has any bugs :p

Raswan Raswan said:

I hope we can all appreciate, too, that the text is clearly handwritten. That means a) the ie team not only bought the cake, but wrote the message themselves, or b) whichever bakery they use has a twelve-year old on writing duty. Either way, one can appreciate the irony of a software giant at the forefront of the tech industry sending a competitor a cake not with a rendered 3-D photo airbrushed on, or clip art text, but that looks like it was written with a quill under the sputtering light of a whale-oil lamp.

Wonder if they sent one to Google too...

Leeky Leeky said:

Wonder if they sent one to Google too...

I think they got the poisoned one this year...

Still surprised no patents, or copryrights have been broken in the production of this cake... Nobody is suing each other either... Shocking!

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I wonder if the cake came with a card stating the terms and conditions of consumption?

Guest said:

Microsoft appreciates the free R&D work Mozilla has done for them.

ebolamonkey3 said:

Speaking of which, when does Mozilla's contract w/ Google run out? If M$ can persuade Mozilla to use Bing as its default search engine instead of Google, that'd be a huge victory for Microsoft.

Guest said:

Mozilla's cotract with Google runs through 2011.

Guest said:

The cake should say: 'Thanks for compelling us to release a (somewhat) decent version of Internet Explorer, which had not happened between Netscape's demise and Firefox's rise'.

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Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

Guest said:

Thats awesome that they send firefox a cake. Even though they are competers, they still are civil to each other.

I'm sure the cake is sent as a tongue-in-cheek gag and most certainly not intended to be a friendly gesture.

Leeky Leeky said:

I'm sure the cake is sent as a tongue-in-cheek gag and most certainly not intended to be a friendly gesture.

I thought the same...

Can't have your cake, and eat it....

Puiu Puiu said:

"The cake is a lie!" ^_^

Guest said:

Interesting that both cursive P's are not closed off so they could pass as T's...

Guest said:

"Let them eat cake!"

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Its really a trojan cake. The E is a very powerful listening device.

So the cakes are coming out of the R&D, not the marketing budget.

Leeky Leeky said:

Its really a trojan cake. The E is a very powerful

Whoa..... Maybe the IE Team want to steal more Mozilla ideas again... Maybe thats it.. its the cake, the cake has ears!

Cota Cota said:

Arris said:

Damn my US patent on "Cakes with browser release references in icing/frosting" didn't get approved in time

So you are the one who asked for the patent 1st D: well at least i have a shot for my patent of photos of cakes sightly rotated counter clockwise whit a probable fingered upper left corner on a wooden-like bi color dish!

Arris Arris said:

So you are the one who asked for the patent 1st D: well at least i have a shot for my patent of photos of cakes sightly rotated counter clockwise whit a probable fingered upper left corner on a wooden-like bi color dish!

Hehe...

Hmm although how to discern between a photo of a cake slightly rotated counter clockwise and one that has been rotated substantially clockwise? Other than that I think the someone else may have already submitted a patent for "CAKE!" which probably covers everything. In fact MS are probably about to get sued for sending "CAKE!".

nismo91 said:

did they actually eat it? lol

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Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

The IE8 cake was much better.

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Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

Hah, that's just pure win!

I think the IE team is very happy for the competition from Firefox, where it not for their battle the IE team would probably be much smaller and not as well funded... (Since they would own 99% of the market then, not counting Chrome but that's much more recent in time)

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

kibaruk said:

"Did Mozilla consider Microsoft's marketing budget when it began planning to change its development cycle?"

I can't stop laughing ahhahaha. Go Mozilla!

Gave me a big smile too .

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Probably hidden cookies inside to track your poop

Guest said:

Oh oh oh yes!!! Totally :d

Guest said:

they've got to have added some rat poison in it...

Guest said:

this never happened

THE CAKE IS A LIE

supertech supertech said:

firefox 4 is F***ING fantastic !!!

foreverzero89 said:

FF4 is actually a mix or opera and ie

Arris Arris said:

FF4 is actually a mix or opera and ie

Still love Opera for its mouse gesture system, but I agree FF has integrated a lot of the nice stylistic elements from Opera. Given that my work requires me to test our online systems with different browsers, checking support for SVG mini/HTML5/Websocket etc I always have the latest versions and beta versions of Opera, Firefox, Safari, Chrome and IE installed and switch between them frequently for general use. Although for personal use I always seem to come back to Opera.

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Ivan Franco Ivan Franco said:

hahahah i cant stop laughin hahah im really sure they have to

krayzie said:

its acually cool.. it will have a prompt every time you want to take a bite it will ask you "are you sure?"

bushwhacker, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Too bad Microsoft doesn't include their EULA agreement on the cake. :P

Zeromus said:

Honestly, that melts my heart with joy. That's so sweet <xB

Guest said:

The cake contains nano machines. MS can gain control of whoever eats it.:)

supertech supertech said:

LOL, it's probably at the bottom of the container or something

supertech supertech said:

bushwhacker said:

Too bad Microsoft doesn't include their EULA agreement on the cake. :P

LOL, it's probably at the bottom of the container or something

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