Items tagged with Internet Explorer

In the Web browser world, WebKit is a force to be reckoned with. It began life as a couple of KDE libraries (KHTML and KJS), but was then forked and further developed by a bevvy of companies including Apple, Nokia, Google and RIM. While KHTML's initial focus was to support the popular Linux Web browser Konquerer, the fork, which then became known as WebKit, was cross-platform - Mac, Linux, Windows and even mobile. Suffice to say, WebKit has proven to be one of the most successful software forks ever created. Today, WebKit is used by a great number of browsers, with Google Chrome and Apple Safari... Read more...
Microsoft is currently investigating reports of a zero day bug affecting Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, and Internet Explorer 8, the company announced in a Security Advisory. At issue is a remote code execution vulnerability that would allow attackers to seize control of a Windows PC. How it works is IE attempts to reference and use an object that had previously been freed. The components of an exploit for such a vulnerability are typically: Javascript to trigger the Internet Explorer vulnerability Heap spray or similar memory preparation to ensure the memory being accessed after it... Read more...
Another month is in the books, and once again, Internet Explorer is the browser to beat, in terms of market share. IE closed out October with a majority share of 54.13 percent, well ahead of Firefox at 19.99 percent and Chrome at 18.55 percent, but a closer look at the numbers reveals some interesting trends. For one, IE increased its install base for the second consecutive month, and is up by exactly 1.5 percentage points compared to October 2011. So not only is IE still on top, but it's managed to climb higher since a year ago. That's bad news for Firefox, which dropped below 20 percent for the... Read more...
Still clinging to Internet Explorer? If so, be aware of a recently posted security advisory (2757760) alerting IE users of a vulnerability that could allow attackers to execute malicious code from a remote location. According to Microsoft, the the vulnerability affects affects IE6, IE7, IE8, and IE9 (IE10 is excluded). "A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way that Internet Explorer accesses an object that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated," Microsoft explains. "The vulnerability may corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code... Read more...
If you have a hard time picturing what your childhood would have been like without blasting asteroids to smithereens or battling your friends in Pong, you’re in for a treat. If you have no idea what we’re talking about, you’re still in for a lot of fun, thanks to Atari. The venerable game maker is partnering with Internet Explorer to launch Atari Arcade, complete with a ton of Atari’s best-loved games. Atari’s 40-year anniversary and Internet Explorer’s upcoming version 10 are the reasons for the new, HTML5-based online game platform. Multiple browsers are supported,... Read more...
Another month is in the books, and as usual, Internet Explorer remains the most used browser on the planet with a 54.02 percent share of the market, according to NetMarketShare. That's down only slightly from one month prior, when IE's share totaled 54.05 percent. After sliding consistently for the past couple of years, when IE's share was above 60 percent, Microsoft's browser seems destined to cling to more than half of the market. The lowest it's been in in the past year is 51.87 percent, and that was back in December 2011. Once 2012 rolled around, IE began to climb at a slow but steady pace... Read more...
Something strange is happening the world of browsers. It wasn't all that long ago when it was conceivable to think that Internet Explorer would no longer be the most used browser on the planet in 2012, and certainly not by the second quarter. But lo and behold, not only is IE in command of the browser wars with a majority share of the market, but it's been increasing its usage numbers in recent months. According to Net Applications, Internet Explorer inched above 54 percent by the end of April 2012 (54.09 percent, to be exact), up from 53.83 percent in March and 52.84 percent in Europe. Over the... Read more...
This month's Patch Tuesday will plug up less than a dozen vulnerabilities -- 11, to be exact -- in various flavors of Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and other software, Microsoft announced in a Security Bulletin Advance Notification for April 2012. Microsoft issued half a dozen bulletins in all, the same number as last month, though all but two are rated "Critical" this time around. All four Critical bulletins deal with remote code execution, one of which affects every version of Internet Explorer (6-9) on various platforms, including Windows XP, 2003, 7, and 2008, regardless of... Read more...
For the love of all that is holy on the Internet, it's time to stick in a fork in Internet Explorer 6 and consider it done, says Microsoft (and we wholeheartedly agree, by the way), in a matter of words. That's not a direct quote from the Redmond software giant, but heck, the company did go and create an "Internet Explorer 6 Countdown" page in which Microsoft gleefully points out IE6's shrinking market share around the world. "10 years ago a browser was born. Its name was Internet Explorer 6. Now that we’re in 2012, in an era of modern Web standards, it’s time to say goodbye," Microsoft... Read more...
It was always assumed that Mozilla's Firefox browser would one day overtake Microsoft's Internet Explorer in the global browser market, ending IE's reign that began when the Redmond software giant buried Netscape Navigator years ago. But as it turns out, Google Chrome might have a better shot of overtaking IE, and at the rate things are going, it could happen this year. According to data from StatCounter, Google Chrome increased its global browser market share from 15.68 percent in January 2011 to 27.27 percent by the end of the year. Microsoft's Internet Explorer, meanwhile, dropped from 46 percent... Read more...
The past 18 months have seen a significant evolution in browser graphics. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera have all added support for such standards as OpenCL, HTML5, and Direct2D acceleration. (HTML5 isn't a graphics standard, strictly speaking, but it allows the browser to handle certain activities that once required Flash plugins). Support for WebGL, a browser-friendly derivative of OpenGL, has been added to Firefox and Safari (with Chrome and Opera versions under development). Microsoft, however, has announced it won't be including WebGL support, claiming that the standard is far too insecure... Read more...
Didn't Microsoft just unveil Internet Explorer 9 a few months ago? Sure feels like it, but it's never to soon to start thinking about what's next, right? Right! At MIX 11 this week in Las Vegas, Microsoft revealed a preview build of IE10, despite the fact that IE9 just left beta months ago. What's new with Internet Explorer 10? Well, for one, it won't run on Vista, so it's clear that Microsoft is intent with moving beyond an OS that many felt was underwhelming. The company's offering the preview build of IE10 for download right now on their "Test Drive" site, with the browser providing support... Read more...
Microsoft has been very thorough in their approach to launching Internet Explorer 9. The browser has been in beta for quite some time now, but it's clearly that the company is eager to get a new build into the wild to take on Firefox, Safari and Chrome -- all of which are gaining serious momentum as IE8 falters. Right on schedule, Microsoft released the newest, final build of IE9 today for users everywhere to try out. The company has recently urged consumers to upgrade from IE6, but it's notable that IE9 only runs within Windows Vista and Windows 7. If you're on Windows XP, 2000 or anything earlier,... Read more...
Are you ready for a "more beautiful web?" It's coming soon, according to Microsoft. The company who invented Internet Explorer is nearly ready to release the finalized version of IE9, and Microsoft has just officially announced that it will launch to consumers on March 14th. That's during SXSW, a festival in central Texas that's becoming more and more Internet-focused. March 14th marks the 1-year anniversary of the IE9 Platform Preview, and the browser has definitely matured in those 12 months. The download will be available starting at 9PM PT on the 14th, so set your clocks. Will you be downloading... Read more...
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