Items tagged with Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 6 may have taken its own sweet time to die given that the browser's security flaws are the stuff of legend, but it appears that the 'Net as a whole is finally ready to move on. While IE6 still accounts for up to 20 percent of the browser market according to some metrics, its share drops dramatically once Chinese users are filtered out of the equation (IE6 has an estimated 50 percent of the Chinese market.) Consumers have moved away from Internet Explorer 6 for years—it did more to popularize the use of Firefox than Mozilla ever could. The enterprise segment is traditionally seen as resistant to shorter upgrade cycles, but new information indicates businesses have been upgrading... Read more...
Oh, brother. You know things are bad when people start ditching your product over fears that it's slower and less secure than other free alternatives, but things are really bad when a government recommends to its citizens that consumers should ditch your product if they haven't already. It almost sounds too weird to be true, but the German Federal Office for Security in Information Technology (better known as BSI) has actually issued a formal statement urging consumers to shy away from IE and try their luck with something else...like Firefox. We can't say that we're experts in translating the German tongue, but the gist of it is that German users are recommended to not use IE until Microsoft... Read more...
Only 16 months after its debut, Chrome has overtaken Safari as the third-most-popular web browser, according to the latest numbers released by web metrics firm Net Applications. Chrome ended the month of December 2009 with a share of 4.63 percent, while Apple's Safari dropped into fourth place with a share of 4.46 percent.Meanwhile, Internet Explorer lost almost a full percentage point in December, the latest slip in its continuing market share decline. With more browser alternatives, IE's slide accelerated in 2H09.Chrome's December increase of 0.7 of a percentage point is the largest since Google launched the browser at the beginning of September 2008. There are three possible reasons for the... Read more...
Mozilla won't be releasing new versions of Firefox as early as initially planned. The next version of Firefox (version 3.6) was planned to be released sometime this year. Now, this version won't be released until at least the first quarter of 2010. This pushes back other releases as well, including the major 4.0 release; Firefox 4.0 is now scheduled for the end of 2010 or the first quarter of 2011. Mozilla is figuring the extra time spent to deliver the newest version of its browser will be worth the risk of losing market share. The delays could be good news for Microsoft, giving the software giant a chance to take back a share of the increasingly crowded browser market. Recent numbers show that... Read more...
Who knows if this whole "end of an ordeal" has anything to do with the current season, but it looks like the European Union is in the giving mood. Today, the EU announced that it would be dropping the pending charges against Microsoft regarding its decision to force Internet Explorer upon poor, lost European Windows 7 buyers. If you'll think back, the EU was putting pressure on Microsoft for months to give users a choice when it came to selecting their browser.After lots of work and a few rejections, it seems the two have finally reached a compromise. The Union will be walking away from the antitrust charges that it was filing after Microsoft agreed to give buyers (in Europe) a choice of up to... Read more...
Google's pushing to get more adoption for its nascent browser, Chrome, but hasn't been making serious inroads, particularly in the Enterprise. Most IT departments standardize on one (Internet Explorer) or maybe two (add Firefox) browsers. On Tuesday, Google announced a possible way around that problem: Google Chrome Frame. Google Chrome Frame is a plug-in which allows users to switch to the Webkit rendering engine as well as the Chrome Javascript engine while still using IE. You can think of it as a form of IETab, which allows end users to switch to the IE rendering engine (in a specific tab) while in Firefox. This is such an early release that Google doesn't even call it a beta. It's s developer... Read more...
Google's Chrome exited beta last December, well ahead of when you might normally expect a Google product to do so. It wasn't, however, because the browser was necessarily ready for prime time; it was because OEMs would not pre-install a beta product on their computers, and Google longed for those deals. It's finally managed to ink such a deal, with Sony. Google spokesperson Eitan Bencuya said the deal went into effect his summer. No details were given, such as financial terms (which we wouldn't have expected), but not even the models that Chrome is installed on, either. Internet Explorer's market share continues to drop, but it still dominates the browser market. Some of that, however, is because... Read more...
Pro-choice advocates and IE haters alike have been pushing to get Microsoft's own Internet browser exempted from instances of Windows for years now. Many argue that it's a violation of anti-trust principles, suggesting that there's really no choice of browser when you buy a copy of Windows. Never mind that Apple does the same thing with its OS X systems by including its own Safari, but we digress. Particularly across the pond, Microsoft has caught an extraordinary amount of flack--so much, in fact, that it seems Microsoft is caving and changing its stance  on the matter. European Union regulators have informed the world that Microsoft will give Windows 7 buyers a choice of Web browser when... Read more...
In early June, Apple released what is arguably its most significant upgrade to Safari yet: Safari 4. In typical Apple fashion, the company was quick to deem it the "world's fastest and most innovative browser." Today, we're setting out to find if that bold claim is indeed true, and we'll be breaking down the features and performance profile of it--along with its fiercest competitors--on both the Mac and PC side. Safari 4 - HotHardware homepage; Click To EnlargeOne of the nicer things about Safari 4 is that Apple has made it available for both Windows (XP and Vista) as well as its own OS X operating system. It's also built around the Nitro engine, which--according to Apple runs JavaScript up to... Read more...
It's hard to believe people are still using Internet Explorer 6, but it's true. In fact, Net Applications says that around 17% of users are still using the creaky old tab-less browser. You can expect it to be a lot less popular once YouTube dumps support of it, however. Yes, those who are working for companies that still require IE6 (and there are some!) are screaming "no!" right about now. Past reports have indicated a lot of YouTube viewing happens at work. Reports show evidence that YouTube is going to start phasing out IE6 support. A message to a TC user who went to YouTube shows the text: "We will be phasing out support for your browser soon. Please upgrade to one of these more modern browsers."The... Read more...
Oh no, the Web browser sky is falling! Or is it? A recent report from TechCrunch, citing figures from StatCounter, shows that Microsoft's long-standing Internet Explorer has lost just under 12% of its market share over the past few months. We're not sure how you feel about it, but to us, 12% in a matter of months is pretty significant.If you look at the numbers, you will indeed find that IE 6, 7 and 8 usage has sunk around 11.4% in the last few months, but as InformationWeek points out, that number may not be telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth. While IE has dropped, the elusive "Other" category has gained around 10%, and even TechCrunch asserts that "it is difficult to make any... Read more...
It's already been made clear by Microsoft that Internet Explorer 8 can be uninstalled, or disabled, from Windows 7, which is due to launch on Oct. 22nd. However, the company is going still further in Europe, where it will not sell any versions of Windows 7 that contain IE. C|Net first uncovered the change, via a leaked memo. This is obviously a pre-emptive "strike" at E.U. regulators, who have looked askance at some of Microsoft's practices. In part, the memo, which has already been delivered to OEMs, said: "To ensure that Microsoft is in compliance with European law, Microsoft will be releasing a separate version of Windows 7 for distribution in Europe that will not include Windows Internet... Read more...
If you’ve tried Microsoft’s latest browser—Internet Explorer 8—and haven’t been impressed, or if you simply haven’t felt the need to give it a spin, you’re not alone. Even though IE8 offers a significant speed increase, better web compliance, and a handful of other new features, the browser hasn’t been received with the warm welcome that Microsoft would have liked. In fact, Net Applications claims IE8 makes up only about 4% of the browser market share. IE7 still holds the largest share. To help force users to give the new browser a try, Microsoft plans to put IE8 in the Automatic Update queue. According to the Microsoft IEBlog, the company released IE8 as an Automatic Update to all users who... Read more...
Internet Explorer die-hards rejoice: the latest version of this market-dominating browser is now available. Internet Explorer 8 replaces Internet Explorer 7, which currently holds a 72.2% share of the browser market according to a recent survey from Janco Associates. IE8, as it is commonly called, has been available as a public beta for about a year but today’s release marks its full public rollout. The most notable features with the latest version of Internet Explorer include improved security, increased standards support, and an overhauled user interface. IE8’s enhanced security protection will warn users if they are about to download something from a known malware site. According to NSS Labs,... Read more...
Once again, Google is upping the ante in the browser speed wars. After taking the “beta” tag off of Google Chrome in December, the company has been updating two release channels: developer and stable. Now, the company is re-introducing the beta channel with the latest Chrome 2.0 beta release. Speed is a strong focus of this new release. According to the Google Chrome blog, the new beta version can process JavaScript 25% faster than the current stable channel version based on the V8 benchmark. When using the SunSpider benchmark, the 2.0 beta will process JavaScript 35% faster. Compared to the original beta, Chrome 2.0 beta is touted as being nearly twice as fast. The company has also added a handful... Read more...
Research in Motion issued a security alert today for its customers who use the BlackBerry Application Web Loader and Microsoft Internet Explorer.Basically, the web loader's ActiveX control has a vulnerability that can allow someone to attack the device remotely or cause the browser to crash.In the company's own words: An exploitable buffer overflow exists in the BlackBerry Application Web Loader ActiveX control that Internet Explorer uses to install applications on BlackBerry devices. ... When a BlackBerry device user browses to a web site that is designed to install the BlackBerry Application Web Loader ActiveX control on BlackBerry devices over a USB connection, and clicks Yes to install and... Read more...
In December of 2007, Internet Explorer's market share was 76.04%. By December 2008, it had dropped to 68.15%, or 10.4%. Meanwhile, Firefox increased its market share from 16.8% to 21.34%, a rise of 27%. These figures come from the latest browser share report from Net Applications. Additionally, Safari rose from 5.59% in December 2007 to 7.93% in December 2008, which iis a 41.9% increase. Google's Chrome only recently exited beta, and despite that has managed to reach a 1.04% market share by December 2008. If instead you drill down into platform usage, you see that in December 2007 Windows still held over 90% of the market (remember, this is based on browser usage per OS) while MacOS was holding... Read more...
As we mentioned last week, Microsoft confirmed an unpatched bug in Internet Explorer that hackers are exploiting. Now, the company is issuing an emergency security patch for all versions of Internet Explorer. In an advance notification of the patch, Microsoft describes it as protection against a "remote code execution" vulnerability. Microsoft posted a security advisory last Wednesday and offered a few mitigations and workarounds for protection. This flaw makes it possible for attackers to steal personal data such as passwords if a user visits a compromised website. On Saturday, Microsoft warned that 1 in 500 Internet Explorer users worldwide may have been exposed to malware hosted at both legitimate... Read more...
If you’re one of the millions of people who use Internet Explorer, then you’ll probably want to know Microsoft has confirmed an unpatched bug in Internet Explorer that hackers are exploiting. The bug affects Internet Explorer 7 along with older versions of the browser, including the still-widely-used IE6. In a related security advisory, Microsoft confirmed that the bug exists within all of its browsers, including IE5.01, IE6, and IE7, as well as IE8 Beta 2. If you are running any of these browsers under Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Server 2003, or Server 2008, you are at risk. Even after confirming the bug, Microsoft seems to be trying to downplay the severity of the threat, saying, “At this time,... Read more...
How long has Google's Gmail been in beta? Years. And yet a report indicates that Google wants to take its Chrome web browser out of beta, only three months after its first beta release. Seems difficult to imagine, what with the product's still buginess, but there's an apparent method to this madness. According to TechCrunch, VP Marissa Mayer gave them the news at Le Web 08. The reason for taking the browser out of beta makes sense: many OEMs want to bundle the browser with their PCs, but are unwilling to do so with a beta product, although Mayer did not specify an exact date. Still, to "artificially" call what is a relatively buggy product a 1.0 version in order to make some deals seems questionable... Read more...
For the first time ever, Mozilla’s Firefox has held 20% of the Internet browser market over an entire month. This is bad news for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which lost 1.5 points over the previous month, and 5.8 points over the year. Firefox isn’t the only browser that has stolen market share from Internet Explorer, however. Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome also gained market share. Firefox has touched upon 20% market share for some time now, but hasn’t been able to hold that share over the course of an entire month. Chrome also hit a new record, perhaps in part thanks to Google’s rapid and automated update cycle for the browser. If you look at the history of it all, Firefox has gained... Read more...
Maybe it's just me, but the unexpected words "ready for download now" referring to a Microsoft product seem... unusual. Microsoft was outlining the features and interoperability of its next generation web browser at the MIX show in Las Vegas yesterday, and shocked a lot of developers by announcing it was ready to download right away as Beta release. Dean Hachamovitch, general manager of the Internet Explorer team at Microsoft, said IE 8 Beta 1 delivers increased interoperability, offers developers better predictability when designing sites, and will feature full support for CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) 2.1 when released to manufacturing.Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 includes integrated developer... Read more...
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