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It has been nearly a week since security researcher John Page reported that he had found an Internet Explorer XML eXternal Entity (XXE) vulnerability. A new layer of this vulnerability has been recently discovered and the implications are far more serious. A Microsoft Edge feature may threaten Internet Explorer’s security. The vulnerability is a XML eXternal Entity or XXE attack. The attack occurs when an XML parser processes an XML input that includes a reference to an external entity. This type of attack could lead to the unwanted disclosure of sensitive information and a slew of other issues. In Page’s demonstration, he opened a malicious MHL file with a file manager. Internet... Read more...
Microsoft surprised many when it decided that was going to abandon its homegrown EdgeHTML rendering engine for Edge in favor of Google Chromium. The move particularly incensed Firefox developer Mozilla, which said that Microsoft was “officially giving up” and conceding to Google. In the four months since that initial announcement, we’ve learned more about the “new” Microsoft Edge browser, and early test builds of the browser have even leaked to the internet in recent weeks. Now, the company has opened up its official Microsoft Edge Insider Channel for those that want to legitimately test the new browser. Microsoft Edge is currently available... Read more...
Microsoft Edge is often regarded as the black sheep of web browsers. Although it has been praised for its speed and battery life benefits over some competitors, many have lamented its lack of features and compatibility. These complaints may soon be resolved, however. This past December, Microsoft announced that Edge would be rebuilt using Google Chromium. The latest preview of the new Chromium-based Edge features extensions, dark mode, and a handful of performance improvements. Brad Sams of Thurrott was able to get his hands on the new Edge browser. He remarked that the browser “feels a lot like Chrome with Microsoft polish on top of it.” The web browser is not quite ready to... Read more...
How far would you go to combat fake news? Microsoft has partnered with third-party startup NewsGuard to warn Edge mobile users about unreliable sites. However, one news site is not particularly pleased with their evaluation from NewsGuard. Mail Online has accused NewsGuard of publishing a “egregiously erroneous classification”. NewsGuard has given Mail Online a one out of five on the credibility scale. Their mobile warning states, “Proceed with caution: this website generally fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability.” They also note that Mail Online have lost a number of legal cases, have attempted to damage reputations, and are not respectful of... Read more...
There are big changes coming to the Microsoft Edge browser in 2019, namely the abrupt shift from the EdgeHTML rendering engine to Google's Chromium. With that move, Microsoft is also decoupling Edge from the Windows 10 operating system, which means that we can expect more frequent updates for users (with regards to security, features, and performance). With this in mind, the Microsoft Insider program will expand to include the newly independent Edge browser, and the Redmond, Washington-based software giant is now accepting applications. Microsoft isn't giving many details on when the program will officially open, but you can at least get your name on the list to be one of the early testers... Read more...
Yesterday, a story critical of Google was making the rounds purported to be from a former intern that worked on the Microsoft Edge team. Joshua Bakita detailed one particular instance in which Google allegedly altered site code to make Google apps/website either not render properly or perform poorly on competing browsers. "For example, they recently added a hidden empty div over YouTube videos that causes our hardware acceleration fast-path to bail," wrote Bakita. "Prior to that, our fairly state-of-the-art video acceleration put us well ahead of Chrome on video playback time on battery, but almost the instant they broke things on YouTube, they started advertising Chrome's dominance... Read more...
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That seems to have been the case when Microsoft officially announced earlier this month that it would be abandoning its own EdgeHTML rendering engine used for the Edge browser in favor or Google's Chromium. At the time, Microsoft said that this move was an effort to "create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers." However, according to a Hacker News post by Joshua Bakita, who served as an intern on Edge team, Microsoft was basically left with no choice but to join the Google fold. If his accounts are accurate, it seems as though Google was actively looking for ways to thwart competing... Read more...
There once was a time when the Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser was the most popular browser in all the land, but that time has passed. People tend to rely on browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and others over Microsoft's offerings these days. In 2015 with the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft hoped to change that with Edge built using a new at the time rendering engine called EdgeHTML. The problem for Microsoft is that Edge launched festooned with issues that turned web surfers off to the browser early on and it never recovered. A new rumor is going around claims that Microsoft is working on a replacement for the Edge browser and that it will ditch EdgeHTML and use the Chromium rendering engine... Read more...
Last week, Microsoft unwittingly provided a gateway to malicious content via Bing ads within the Microsoft Edge web browser. A malicious ad was being served that was promoting a fake version of the Google Chrome download site. What makes this particular incident so dangerous with the potential to affect millions of people is the fact that one of the first things that many people do when setting up a new computer is to fire up Microsoft Edge (usually for the first and last time) to download Google Chrome or another browser. Google Chrome is by far the most popular browser in the world, and Microsoft Edge has been relegated to also-ran status. In this case, using the search term "Download Chrome"... Read more...
When it comes to recommending the Edge browser to its massive customer base, it often seems as though Microsoft is talking to a brick wall. For the past two years, the company has continually assaulted Google Chrome, highlighting the browser's well-known shortcomings with respect to consuming resources and draining batteries. However, Windows 10 customers don't seem to be listening -- at all. According to the latest numbers from NetMarketShare, Google Chrome has 59 percent of the browser market, while Microsoft is looking rather dire in its positioning, with a dismal 3.78 percent share. Despite the fact that few people are paying attention to its rantings, Microsoft is at it again with a new... Read more...
Microsoft has been drilling it in our heads ever since Windows 10 launched that Edge is the best browser in the land. The company has made claims about the browser's speed and its battery performance, all while at the same time touting superiority over competitors like Mozilla Firefox and Opera. Microsoft has reserved the harshest criticism for Google Chrome, which is by far the world's most popular internet browser. However, an incident involving a presenter during a Microsoft Ignite session had on egg on Microsoft's face instead of Google. The presenter was going through how to migrate your applications, databases and workloads to Microsoft Azure (the session, which was published to Microsoft's... Read more...
Microsoft Edge is far from the most popular web browser on the market, but it does take top honors in at least one category: blocking malware. NSS Labs conducted tests in which it measured how effective today's leading browsers are at protecting users from socially engineered malware (SEM) and garden variety phishing attacks. In both categories, Microsoft Edge came out on top, and by a wide margin compared to the second- and third-place finishers. “Web browsers are the primary interface used to consume information and are among the most common entry point for attackers,” said Jason Brvenik, Chief Technology Officer for NSS Labs. “Enterprises are increasingly adopting a bifurcated browser strategy... Read more...
Microsoft's Edge browser hasn't exactly been well received on the Windows 10 operating system. Globally, Microsoft Edge has just a 5 percent share of the web browser market, while Chrome is dominating the field with a whopping 60 percent. With its desktop share not looking so hot these days, Microsoft is focusing its attention to the mobile sector. Microsoft Edge is already available on Windows 10 Mobile, but that's a dying platform. So, the company is extending the browser to the Android and iOS platforms in Preview (Beta) form. According to Microsoft, it made this move because users were telling the company “we want our browser experience to move to our phones”. As a result, Microsoft Edge... Read more...
Microsoft thinks that it has a good thing going with its Edge browser that is built-in to Windows 10. Granted, Edge is leaps and bounds better than the oft-maligned Internet Explorer that preceded it, but it is considered by many not to be in the same league as competing offerings like Mozilla Firefox and, of course, Google Chrome. Microsoft is now hoping to court users to Edge by changing the way that updates are handled for the browser. According to Neowin, Microsoft will decouple Edge updates from Windows 10 starting with Redstone 3. Currently, Edge only receives meaningful product updates when a major release of Windows 10 is delivered to customers (i.e. the Anniversary Update or Creators... Read more...
There’s no question that Google Chrome is by far the most dominant player in the desktop browser market. As we reported in early November, Chrome has more market share than both Internet Explorer and Edge combined. And over the past year, Chrome has seen its market share climb from 35 percent to 55 percent. During its meteoric rise, Microsoft has done its best to assail Chrome and promote its Edge browser as the faster and more efficient choice for Windows 10 users. But with Chrome 53, Google gave Windows 10 users a 15 percent speed boost by using Microsoft Profile Guided Optimization (PGO) technology. Now, with Chrome 55, Google is putting the browser’s insane memory usage in check. Chrome 55,... Read more...
Over the past few months, Microsoft has attacked Google Chrome for its propensity to chew through notebook batteries at a rapid pace. Any enthusiast that uses Chrome on a regular basis (and that includes the majority of the computing populace) knows that the browser is a resource hog, but Microsoft has been looking to spread the word around in an effort to prop up its competing Edge browser in Windows 10. After sitting on the sidelines while Microsoft pummeled Chrome in benchmark after benchmark, Google finally responded with the release of Chrome 53. Using Microsoft’s Surface Books as benchmark machines, Google proclaimed that in the past year it has made a 15 percent gain in performance with... Read more...
After major web browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox decided to push Flash further into irrelevancy, Adobe finally saw the writing on the wall and announced that Flash would be put out to pasture. The internet rejoiced at the news, but it will still be quite a while before we are completely rid of the resource hogging and battery draining scourge that has haunted us for years. To that end, Microsoft is trying to at least make the transition a bit easier to bear with the announcement that Windows 10’s Edge browser will gain the ability to “intelligently auto-pause” Flash content that is not pivotal to the viewing experience of a website. This is basically the same functionality that... Read more...
Windows 10 is an ever-evolving operating system, and its latest iteration was released this week in the form of Insider Preview Build 14291 for both PCs and smartphones. Build 14291 is notable for a number of reasons, with the most prominent one being the addition of extensions support in the Edge browser. Many users lamented the fact that Edge never shipped with extensions support, but Microsoft kept promising that they would arrive in due time. Now, after spilling the beans earlier this week, Edge General Manager Drew DeBruyne explains that Microsoft has put a lot of thought into extensions. “We have built Microsoft Edge so customers can add extensions to the browser with the confidence that... Read more...
Have you ever seen a browser littered with toolbars and other junk that doesn't belong? A common trick used by malware and adware writers is to inject DLLs (Dynamic Link Libraries) into the browser, which bypass the built-in interfaces for settings controls. Microsoft is determined not to let that happen in its Microsoft Edge browser for Windows 10. Back in May of this year, Microsoft announced that Edge wouldn't support certain legacy technologies found in Internet Explorer, including ActiveX, VBScript, Browser Helper Objects (BHOs), and other things that could be exploited. That decision not only allowed Microsoft to build a more secure browser in Edge, but it also offer users a faster and... Read more...
Microsoft is ramping up its test builds of Windows 10, with the most recent release being Insider Preview Build 10576. Microsoft’s Gabe Aul announced the build yesterday afternoon and it brings a number of new features and of course, bug fixes. One of the big new additions in Insider Preview Build 10576 is Media Casting in the Edge Internet browser. Microsoft has enabled the ability to cast audio, video, and picture content straight from your browser to Miracast- and DLNA-enabled devices on your home network. Microsoft notes that streaming audio services like Pandora and video sites like YouTube are supported, however, protected content from streaming video sites like Hulu and Netflix is blocked.... Read more...
Microsoft’s Edge web browser is shaping up to be a formidable competitor to the likes of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Well, we should that is true in overall performance, but not exactly when it comes to user experience (or web standards). Edge currently doesn’t support browser extensions, which add tons of functionality to the aforementioned Chrome and Firefox browsers. For those that were expecting to see browser extension support added in the Threshold 2 update, which is tentatively called the Windows 10 Fall Update, we have some slightly disappointing news for you. Microsoft told The Verge that extension support has been delayed until next year. We're committed to providing customers... Read more...
Microsoft really wants you to use Bing. The company makes Bing a focal point of its new Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile operating system and even pays customers to use its search engine with Bing Rewards. The company has even received some flak for making Bing the default search engine in Windows 10 if they choose the Express upgrade options, since this overrode the user’s previous default search option. Bing has roughly 20 percent of the U.S. search engine market, and a little less than 11 percent of the global search engine market. In an effort to push Windows 10 growth in China, Microsoft’s isn’t going to try to force Bing upon users. Instead, it has teamed up with Chinese giant Baidu, making... Read more...
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