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Thanks Microsoft! Do Not Track is effectively dead on arrival

Earlier this year, Microsoft created headlines when word broke that the Redmond software giant would enable Do Not Track (DNT) by default in the newest version of its browser, IE10. Although these claims were initially questioned, Microsoft clarified that, in an effort to “balance ease of use with choice and control,” it would indeed enable DNT as part of its default settings during Windows 8 setup and IE upgrades.

That set the stage for battle and it didn’t take long for the ad industry to respond to Microsoft’s approach with harsh criticism.

Microsoft’s IE10 Do Not Track plans set the stage for industry battle

In June, Microsoft announced that it was putting its weight behind Do Not Track (DNT) efforts and would ship the next version of Internet Explorer with a DNT preference enabled.

A week later, the company’s plans were called into question as it became clear that Microsoft’s approach would run afoul of the current DNT specification draft, which states that a browser can’t send a DNT preference “without a user’s explicit consent.”

So where does Microsoft stand now?

Not so fast: IE10 may not have Do Not Track on by default

Last week, Microsoft announced that its newest browser, IE10, set to launch when the Redmond software giant releases Windows 8 later this year, would ship with its ‘Do Not Track’ feature turned on by default.

The announcement attracted a lot of attention, and for good reason.

Given IE’s marketshare, adoption of Windows 8 and Microsoft’s new browser could create a troublesome scenario for advertisers, advertising networks and publishers as large numbers of users would be opted in to Do Not Track without any action required.

IE10 to have ‘Do Not Track’ turned on by default

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled to the world its Windows 8 Release Preview. The release will be the last before Microsoft ships Windows 8 later this year.

The Release Preview contained plenty for industry observers and the curious to digest. There are performance improvements, more apps, better support for multiple monitors and so on and so forth.