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If you’re still accessing our web based room booking and resource scheduling software MIDAS via a Windows XP or Windows Vista machine, you’ll want to read this!

As you should be aware, Windows XP and Vista are now considered obsolete operating systems which are no longer supported or maintained by Microsoft.

As a result, over the past few years major browser vendors have been slowly dropping support and updates for their products in these operating systems.

For instance, the most “recent” version of Internet Explorer that can be run on Windows XP is IE8 (MIDAS requires at least IE9). For a while this wasn’t a major issue as XP/Vista users could simply switch to either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox instead (both of which were still being actively updated by the respective vendors on these operating systems).

However, Google announced back in November 2015 that Chrome would no longer be supported or receive updates on Windows XP or Windows Vista after April 2016.

Since then, Firefox has been the only major browser to continue supporting and providing updates on Windows XP and Vista.

Firefox on Windows XP/Vista This week, Mozilla have now announced that Firefox 52 (due for release in March 2017) will be the last version of their browser to receive updates on Windows XP and Vista.

Whilst Firefox 52 will still work on XP/Vista after March 2017, it will no longer receive updates. At this point, none of the modern major web browsers that are supported in MIDAS will continue to be updated on these operating systems.

We are therefore advising the handful of MIDAS users who currently still access their scheduling systems via Windows XP or Vista to upgrade their operating systems as soon as possible to ensure their web browser(s) are kept up-to-date and they’re able to continue using MIDAS in the future.

Brexit: It’s business as usual!

BrexitAs you’ll probably be aware, the UK voted on Thursday to leave the European Union, a process which may take a number of years to complete. As we are a UK-based business we wanted to take this opportunity to reassure our customers about our position and the impact on MIDAS during this transition.

The first thing to note is that all our administrative operations are based here in the UK, with our primary server infrastructure residing in the United States (with backup systems in the UK). We have no staffing or physical infrastructure in other EU countries, and therefore the UK’s decision to leave the EU will have no affect on the day-to-day running of our operations.

Over 90% of our customers will reside in non-EU countries once the UK leaves the EU, and so any subsequent volatility from other EU member states will have a negligible impact on our financial position.

We continue to trade across the globe – including with other EU states, and our valued EU customers are no less important than any of our other global customers.

Our base pricing for MIDAS remains the same – we’ve not raised our prices as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. However, please be aware that as we offer payment for MIDAS in other currencies as well (including Euros), and our prices automatically update daily with the latest global exchange rates, there may be some fluctuation in the price of MIDAS in the short term. In fact at time of writing, if you’re a non-UK customer, you may be able to grab a bargain if you’re quick! – for instance, the price of MIDAS today is approx 10% lower than it was on Thursday for non-Sterling customers! We expect this initial uncertainty in global exchange rates to only be a short term “blip”.

So, the message is; we’re hopeful and excited about our country’s future, and it’s business as usual at MIDAS HQ!

Mozilla Corporation

You’ve probably heard of Mozilla – they’re the folks behind the well known and popular Firefox web browser, and as you may know, we develop a powerful browser-based Room and Resource Scheduling System, MIDAS, which we support in all major browsers, including Firefox.

In fact, ever since we first began development of MIDAS back in 2005, the primary browser we continue to do the bulk of our development and debugging in has been Firefox! It’s been our browser of choice, and we’ve long since been admirers of Mozilla’s open and inclusive approach to the development of Firefox and the web, and their company ethos, that:

“Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality”

However, today Mozilla have demonstrated that this ethos is in fact untrue, and that they no longer believe in equality and freedom of speech for ALL.

Here’s a brief outline of what’s happened:

Mozilla Firefox Last month, Mozilla appointed a new CEO, Brendan Eich. Eich was the inventor of Javascript (one of the programming languages that our software utilizes!) and co-founder of http://mozilla.org.

Six years earlier, in 2008, long before he became CEO, Eich made a personal donation to a campaign for “California Proposition 8“, a bill which, rightly or wrongly depending upon your view, opposed same-sex marriage taking place in the state of California.

Following his appointment to CEO of Mozilla last month, a number of Mozilla employees, board members, and members of the global L.G.B.T community expressed their unhappiness with his appointment to the role of CEO, as they felt that because he’d previously supported a campaign opposing same-sex marriage this made him unsuitable to be CEO of a company that had equality and freedom of speech at the very heart of its core values.

For the past several weeks, since Eich’s appointment, there has been a sustained and vicious campaign targeted against Mozilla, Firefox, and Eich himself, with pressure from all sides for Eich to stand down/be removed from his role as CEO.

Today, following this sustained pressure, Eich has stepped down as CEO.

Many are celebrating this, however, regardless of your view of Brendan Eich or your position on same-sex marriage, Mozilla as a company promoted “equality and freedom of speech” for ALL. By this token, Eich (along with every other Mozilla employee, regardless of position, gender, religion, or sexual orientation) has the same right to express his views without fear of censorship or persecution – whether you agree with his views or not.

No one should be denied the right to express their PERSONAL opinion or view on any subject, and remember, this was only a personal view of Eich, not an official Mozilla/Firefox view/policy/position.

In pressuring and forcing their CEO to step down because of his *personal* view on a subject, Mozilla have denied Eich his right to equality and demonstrated that they no longer stand for true equality and freedom of speech for everyone.

We used to believe that Mozilla were promoting an “open web for all” – we are now struggling to reconcile this ethos with Mozilla’s actions and stance today.

Many Firefox users have since taken to Twitter to vent their anger & disappointment at @Mozilla and @Firefox‘s stance on this matter, with many previously loyal users uninstalling and boycotting their products in protest.

Our web based Room and Resource Scheduling Software MIDAS is supported in Firefox, but also supported in Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Opera browsers as well – as we believe in giving you the choice over which browser (and company) you choose.

UPDATE 6th April:
Two days later, and Mozilla’s own customer feedback site (http://input.mozilla.org) clearly shows the amount of negative feeling towards the company as a result:

Mozilla Customer Feedback Site

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Discount Offer
To celebrate 60 years on the throne of Her Majesty the Queen, we’re offering new customers £60 off MIDAS (or $91 USD / €74 EURO / $95 AUD) if you purchase our web based room scheduling software over this extra long Diamond Jubilee weekend!

Here in the UK (where MIDAS is based) we get a special 4 day weekend this weekend, with the addition of Tuesday’s National Holiday! …but don’t worry, we have both sales and support staff on hand throughout the Jubilee period!

To claim this special discount, simply enter Promo Code “JUBILEE” when purchasing MIDAS through our secure website before Wednesday 6th June!

You’re welcome to share this offer with your friends and colleagues too! – Just use the Social icons at the top of this post!

Finally, if you are celebrating over this special Jubilee weekend, perhaps you’re having a street party, a BBQ, or attending a public event to mark the occasion, we hope you have lots of fun!!