Microsoft launches a new contest that insults your browser

by Cedric Dugas on June 17, 2009

Microsoft Australia launched a new contest with the grand prize of 10,000 dollars. You have to find clues around the web of where the cash is hidden, but of course, to find the cash you need IE8. Not only you need IE (like this wasn’t enough), but depending on the browser your using the ad will insult you. Stuff like boring Safari, tarnished Chrome and old Firefox will appear.

I should point out that they use some states of the art Photoshop effects (lots of bevel).

See by yourself, or check the screenshots below.

Update: Seems like they’ve taken out the contest, some users can’t see the page anymore.



8 comments

$10,000 is not enough money to put up with the pain of using IE

by Daniel on June 17, 2009 at 12:30 pm. Reply #

It’s obviously a joke. See, it says “upgrade” your browser to IE8. Even MS knows that’s laughable. :D

by tomws on June 17, 2009 at 1:21 pm. Reply #

@tomws hehe, nice one :P

by Cedric Dugas on June 17, 2009 at 2:10 pm. Reply #

HaHa. Gotta laugh right. that’s no photoshop, they used expressions to design that wicked site? Even touched up their twitter page.

by Sans Serif on June 18, 2009 at 10:02 pm. Reply #

Funny, so they recognize chrome safari and firefox and actually scared.. :)

by Kerim on June 21, 2009 at 12:59 pm. Reply #

Wait, I cannot fathom it being so sratightforward.

by Brandilyn on July 27, 2011 at 7:03 am. Reply #

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by agoehse on July 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm. Reply #

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