Mozilla ships Firefox 7.0, IE team sends a cupcake

What has become a tradition for Microsoft, they have once again sent a cake to the developers of Firefox. Firefox recently pushed out the door Firefox 7, and sticking with tradition, Microsoft sent them a cake to celebrate the occasion. This common occurrence must be adding to Firefox's bottom line, if you catch our drift.

Microsoft also commented that Firefox has not yet officially responded to receiving the baked goods. Microsoft jokingly said, "One blog claims Firefox 7 is 'lean'… maybe they didn’t send thanks because they’re on a diet? ;)". As always, these kind of corporate good gestures are nice to see in a World filled with patent disputes.

This good hearted gesture has become a common practice for the IE team and they have been sending cakes to the Firefox team with each new release of their browser. While it is unknown what variety the cupcake may be, no one ever complains about free baked goods.

This kind of PR goes to show that while they are competing for the same users, it is all in good faith in bringing end users the best possible experience on the web. As they say, let them eat (cup)cake!

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I wonder if the IE team just have a box of these standing right now, waiting to send to Mozilla. With Mozilla's "releasing a new version all the time even though nothing much is changed" method, you could imagine this.

I wonder if MS has just bought a dozen cupcakes and is sending them one-by-one.

At the rate of Firefox releases, the last one they send still won't have reached its Best Before date.

Instead of wasting time making and sending cupcakes to Mozilla, microsoft should focus on improving their browser cause it's still lacking much behind the others!!!

JohnnyMartins said,
Instead of wasting time making and sending cupcakes to Mozilla, microsoft should focus on improving their browser cause it's still lacking much behind the others!!!

Because Microsoft is baking those cupcakes by hand? :-p
And those baking them are developers?

That comment is borderline as bad as "They shouldn't work on design - they need bug fixing!" The all too common "Features X and Y are all done by the same team" fallacy. Comment only saved by the fact that it was about delicious cupcakes.

JohnnyMartins said,
Instead of wasting time making and sending cupcakes to Mozilla, microsoft should focus on improving their browser cause it's still lacking much behind the others!!!

So the bakeries should improve the best browser?

Oh hell.. Why not send one to Opera... oh wait wrong country. IE can't afford sending one to Norway. Wouldn't make it thru customs?? Opera doesn't quite jerry rig the versions right now like Mozilla does. heck I came on board from Version 3 to Version 5 of Thunderbird. It's already Version 6 , version 7 might fix the printing problem but Version 8 is supposed to. Stays on Version 3 for years but tweaks 5 versions in a year. Horrible joke.

I remember a time when everyone threw "cold water" on IE. My how things have changed and it didn't take that much effort on the part of MS to do it. Instead of every six months like Firefox seems to doing at the moment, IE has been doing "leaps and bounds" you might say in comparison, if they continue they will leave firefox well behind.

Caveman-ugh said,
I remember a time when everyone threw "cold water" on IE. My how things have changed and it didn't take that much effort on the part of MS to do it. Instead of every six months like Firefox seems to doing at the moment, IE has been doing "leaps and bounds" you might say in comparison, if they continue they will leave firefox well behind.

IE will never catch up with Chrome or Firefox. Chrome is updated every week/two weeks with security fixs, performance tweaks, new features... Firefox does the same every 6 weeks, while IE is stagnating for a year.

Caveman-ugh said,
I remember a time when everyone threw "cold water" on IE. My how things have changed and it didn't take that much effort on the part of MS to do it. Instead of every six months like Firefox seems to doing at the moment, IE has been doing "leaps and bounds" you might say in comparison, if they continue they will leave firefox well behind.

IE will never catch up with Chrome or Firefox. Chrome is updated every week/two weeks with security fixs, performance tweaks, new features... Firefox does the same every 6 weeks, while IE is stagnating for a year.

alexalex said,

IE will never catch up with Chrome or Firefox. Chrome is updated every week/two weeks with security fixs, performance tweaks, new features... Firefox does the same every 6 weeks, while IE is stagnating for a year.


Yeah.. Just like the cheetah will never catch centipede, because centipede has much more legs and it moves them gaster =)

alexalex said,

IE will never catch up with Chrome or Firefox. Chrome is updated every week/two weeks with security fixs, performance tweaks, new features... Firefox does the same every 6 weeks, while IE is stagnating for a year.


you do know IE gets updated through windows update, security , stability and performance updates.
And yet, IE8 took almost or even over a year before Chrome was even close to its security and speed. (yeye, chrome fanboys claim otherwise) and FF took even longer.
And IE9 is still ahead of its competition.
MS doesnt need to release so often, they go for a stable release pattern. No wonder its still the most preferred browser for the office.

Am I the only one wondering what they actually do with the cake, is it stored, does someone eat it, who eats it ?

I must know!

One cupcake...for the whole team? No one's even going to get a crumb, let alone have to worry about getting fat.

Skwerl said,
One cupcake...for the whole team? No one's even going to get a crumb, let alone have to worry about getting fat.

It's a brilliant strategy actually. Microsoft knows that not everyone will be able to eat the cupcake. Microsoft knows that the people who don't get a taste of the cupcake will harbor resentment towards those who do. Over time, this will degrade their interpersonal relationships within the Firefox team and Firefox will suffer as a result.

Solid Knight said,

It's a brilliant strategy actually. Microsoft knows that not everyone will be able to eat the cupcake. Microsoft knows that the people who don't get a taste of the cupcake will harbor resentment towards those who do. Over time, this will degrade their interpersonal relationships within the Firefox team and Firefox will suffer as a result.

Never thought of it like that!

Solid Knight said,

It's a brilliant strategy actually. Microsoft knows that not everyone will be able to eat the cupcake. Microsoft knows that the people who don't get a taste of the cupcake will harbor resentment towards those who do. Over time, this will degrade their interpersonal relationships within the Firefox team and Firefox will suffer as a result.

Feed and conquer?

Skwerl said,
One cupcake...for the whole team? No one's even going to get a crumb, let alone have to worry about getting fat.

It'll encourage Mozilla to push more versions and stockpile the cupcakes until they can feed the entire team (moldy) cupcakes. The faster they ship, the more they get. Of course, you can get more uncaught bugs that way, which would be better for Microsoft.

The conspiracy gets deeper by the minute o.0

7? gawd I feel like 5 just came out...

that's it I am going to say this is just a conspiracy by Mozilla to get free cupcakes

wolftail said,
I wonder if it's a Mango Cupcake.
One of our mod wants to have a chat with you....

(Hint: it's about your avatar! )

TRC said,
This is getting old. They can't keep sending cupcakes for every Firefox patch, it's pointless now.

Well that's why it's a cupcake and not a cake. The IE team sent cakes before Mozilla started with the "every bugfix version is a major version" thing

TRC said,
This is getting old. They can't keep sending cupcakes for every Firefox patch, it's pointless now.

Says you. I bet if you were on the receiving end, it surely wouldn't get old at all!

Sraf said,

Well that's why it's a cupcake and not a cake. The IE team sent cakes before Mozilla started with the "every bugfix version is a major version" thing

It is more like
- minor GUI changes that may or may not be noticeable
- added support for something almost no one would notice
- fixed some element to behave per specification
- improved here and there a little bit
- removed this redundant code
- made this use less memory

TRC said,
This is getting old. They can't keep sending cupcakes for every Firefox patch, it's pointless now.

Oh, sure they can! Just keep watching!

bdsams said,
You did, when FF 6 and 5 were shipped. Not the same post, newer FF version, new cupcake..all delicious.

All Fun! I hope I know I love you guys and all the hard work here at neowin!!

Adamb10 said,
Seriously if I was Mozilla I would at least thank the IE team for the free cupcakes.

They are probably very hard at work on Firefox 300 3D and can't take the time to thank the IE Team.

IceBreakerG said,

Only part of it was copied from the previous article. Not really a big deal either way.

There are only so many ways you can write up a cupcake post, I only selected a few key lines, there is a bit of...flavor...you might say in this post

bdsams said,

There are only so many ways you can write up a cupcake post, I only selected a few key lines, there is a bit of...flavor...you might say in this post


For the next time (which should come before Christmas) I suggest "And they did it again!" with a picture of the new cake and a link to this news. ;-) Short and sweet.

djdanster said,
That darn fox is gunna get fatter

Even though this release has lower memory usage and improved performance?

Meph said,

Even though this release has lower memory usage and improved performance?

They always say that and it never seems to amount to anything in real world performance.

Solid Knight said,

They always say that and it never seems to amount to anything in real world performance.

i would disagree. the RAM reduction is real world especially for those who don't have RAM to burn (i.e. 2GB or less systems)

so for me i think the RAM use reduction is easily the biggest/best thing that happened to Firefox since they started Firefox4 to date.

Solid Knight said,

They always say that and it never seems to amount to anything in real world performance.


This time it changed though. Going from Firefox 4 to 7 should give you a noticeable difference in memory usage. Firefox 8 improves it further, but that's less noticeable. The browser has even performed better, memory-wise, than Google Chrome. The "lean" browser.

djdanster said,
That darn fox is gunna get fatter

I've finally given up on Firefox lol It's chrome for the foreseeable future until the memory issues are resolved