Downloading IE8 will help feed hungry Americans

Microsoft has announced that for every completed download of Internet Explorer 8, they will donate the financial equivalent of eight meals to the Feeding America network.

The campaign is called "Browser for the Better," and runs from June 10 and August 8. Only IE8 downloads from the specific "Browser for the Better" website will count. Microsoft will be donating $1.15 (their reported financial equivalent of eight meals) per download, to a maximum of $1,000,000.

Feeding America is the leading domestic hunger-relief charity in the U.S and provides services for more than 25 million low-income individuals. They distribute 2 billion pounds of donated food per year.

The campaign kicked off on Wednesday in New York and San Francisco with artists on hand constructing the Empire State Building and Golden Gate Bridge with food cans.

Actor Dean Cain is also involved in the campaign starring in a series of viral videos directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. These videos can be found on the "Browser for the Better" website, accessible by the panel on the right side labeled "F.O.M.S: Fear Of Missing Something". The videos are shorts which tout the features of IE8 and how it can solve many web-related maladies.

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Low tactics...whatever...watching out for ourselves, thats true if your the government.

It is cool that MS is doing this and its is a GOOD thing. However, if MS is doing this to increase market share and such....then that is not good.

Remember the Firefox 3 download day? Basically the same thing, a promotion to get the number of downloads up, but I didn't see Mozilla giving away any cash to charity.

JHH said,
Remember the Firefox 3 download day? Basically the same thing, a promotion to get the number of downloads up, but I didn't see Mozilla giving away any cash to charity.

Yea, that would be true except Bill Gate and Microsoft have already given a LOT of money to charity without any requirements. So what if they get more IE8 downloads. IE8 is free so its not like we are paying for it.

I don't know what to say actually. If MS wants to spend $1,000,000 on the poor why not just do it? What's so special about downloading a software? It's not like they'll make money from downloading IE and they decide to "split" the money for donation.

Talk about bull****.

yes, because the entire tech community talking about the charaity they're putting their money towards isn't worth a penny...nope...

Ali Koubeissi said,
I don't know what to say actually. If MS wants to spend $1,000,000 on the poor why not just do it? What's so special about downloading a software? It's not like they'll make money from downloading IE and they decide to "split" the money for donation.

Talk about bull****.


They already did spend Millions not only Million giving away to Charities.

Sounds like a win-win for Microsoft and the needy. Even if google, apple, and the makers of opera became copy cats and pulled the exact same stunt as Microsoft in order to boost download numbers, it would still be a win-win situation.

i dunno.... firefox is getting worse by the minute....

i've switched to opera 10.


on the hungry people, i think if the obese could cut down a little, starvation in the world will be eradicated in no time.....

The only thing I don't like about IE8 is that I can't find a way to disable the accelerator button. Does anyone here know how to do that?

Go to Tools > Internet Options > 'Advanced' Tab > In the list under the 'Settings' heading, look at the section that says 'Browsing' and uncheck 'Display Accelerator button on selection'.

That's it

maybe they would do better to do this for their antivirus or spyware apps seeing as people need that more than the latest incarnation of IE

This is a great promotion that Microsoft is doing, feed your own people. But they make a considerable amount of money from other regions in the world so maybe they should do this for other countries aswell.

just download the freaking bloatware and uninstall it or delete it afterward. no dum-dums need to get panties all tangle up. everybody wins.

tell me what's wrong with this picture ...

microsh!t is donating meals and every idiots say "to each his own". yet the u.s. government is spending ****zillions causing wars, death and famines worldwide.

the gap in between this two scenarios seems to be filled to the reem with dumbf**kers ...

Albert said,
just download the freaking bloatware and uninstall it or delete it afterward. no dum-dums need to get panties all tangle up. everybody wins.

tell me what's wrong with this picture ...

microsh!t is donating meals and every idiots say "to each his own". yet the u.s. government is spending ****zillions causing wars, death and famines worldwide.

the gap in between this two scenarios seems to be filled to the reem with dumbf**kers ...


MS is doing a good thing.

This is a good thing what MS is doing. Some one said Charity beings at home, I agree with that completly.

FYI There is another web site

http://www.thehungersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=1

No download click once on the button and food is donarted

Why not just donate the money, instead of tying it to downloading IE8? Companies always do stuff like this, expecting people to love them for it when it's really just a big marketing thing.

Im waiting for Opera to file a lawsuit about this..HOW DARE THEY MONOPOLIZE THE CHARITY MARKET

wait..when has opera ever done anythin for anyone

Oyyee the internet makes my head hurt sometimes.

People bashing Microsoft for giving out funding to an organization in America.
People bashing Microsoft for giving out funding for food to boost IE 8 Usage.
People bashing Microsoft for being a monopoly and forcing people to use IE.
People bashing America for their education system.
People bashing America for thinking of their own country first.
People bashing America for list goes on....
People bashing other countries for god knows what.

Hey where's the political debate about how Obama is the worse president ever? We got your Microsoft bashing, your America bashing, your Apple bashing I'm sure somewhere in here, why not the Obama attacks yet?

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