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Article by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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Microsoft continues to hold back rival browsers on Windows 7 in the United States and worldwide.

Microsoft’s latest browser, Internet Explorer 9, was released in March to Windows 7 and Vista users. Microsoft ditched Windows XP support in a bid to shift consumers and businesses onto Microsoft’s latest operating systems. Windows XP still accounts for nearly 50% of all operating system usage share worldwide, holding on to its title of most widely used operating system. Microsoft’s competitors target Windows XP with their latest browser offerings, allowing them to pick up additional usage share from users unable to upgrade to Internet Explorer 9.

Microsoft’s risky gamble is working well according to the latest usage share statistics from Net Applications. Internet Explorer 9 has increased to 31% share on Windows 7 in the U.S. during September. IE9 usage on Windows 7 worldwide is now at 22.1% in September too. In comparison, Google’s Chrome 14 browser accounts for 18.1% usage share and Mozilla Firefox 6+7 holds 15.7% worldwide. Microsoft’s overall Internet Explorer usage share dropped again in July however as the company continues to move users...
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Windows Phone Mango, the new flavor of Microsoft's mobile operating system that should arrive in about two weeks, brings along a wide range of enhancements when compared to the previous version of the platform, some of which were included in the new Internet Explorer Mobile.

It is the IE9 (Internet Explorer 9) Mobile browser that Microsoft included in the new OS iteration, with features and capabilities that are available on the desktop version of the application as well.

Microsoft managed to come up with a unified code for Internet Explorer on both the desktop Windows client, as well as on the Windows Phone Mango OS, just as previously announced.

“This enabled us to make a huge leap forward in the platform, taking advantage of all of the latest and greatest work done in the Internet Explorer web platform,” Charles Morris, program manager lead, Windows Phone, notes in a blog post.

“It also means that the simplest way to answer the questions in the intro is: 'It supports what IE9 supports!'. It also means the commitment to high-quality, interoperable implementations of Web standards (aka 'same markup') carries through to...
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Article by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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icrosoft’s Internet Explorer 9 and 10 browsers both pass the infamous Acid3 test thanks to changes by its authors.

Google employee Ian Hickson and Opera employee Håkon Wium Lie both announced changes to the Acid3 test on Saturday. The changes will allow more browsers to pass the test and focus on allowing the specs to change according to what’s best for the web. ”As the Web matures, we have made a concerted effort to improve the precision of Web technology specifications,” said Hickson in a Google+ post on Saturday.”We’re trying to simplify parts of the platform that still haven’t received broad use,” he added before explaining that the Acid3 test has been changed. “+Håkon Wium Lie and I are announcing that we have updated the Acid3 test by commenting out the parts of the test that might get changed in the specs.”

The Acid3 test is a popular way to check a web browser’s compliance with varios web standards. The test focuses mainly on the Document Object Model (DOM) and JavaScript features of the web. The test has long influenced browser vendors to make significant progress in their implementations of web standards. Microsoft’s...
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Article by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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Windows 8 will have two versions of Internet Explorer 10 -- a desktop version and the Metro version, which is optimized for tablets.

Part of that optimization will be a plugin free experience, meaning Metro IE10 will be primarily HTML5 and will not support browser plugins, including Flash.


"The experience that plug-ins provide today is not a good match with Metro style browsing and the modern HTML5 web," writes Dean Hachamovitch, head of the Internet Explorer team, on Microsoft's official blog.

Microsoft's reasoning is eerily similar to Steve Jobs's legendary open letter on Flash from April 2010 in which he wrote, "The mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards -- all areas where Flash falls short."



Hachamovitch goes on to explain how today's web is largely HTML5-based and designed for a plugin-free experience. Microsoft recently examined 97,000 web sites, and discovered that 62% of them use Flash, but many of those need it only to display ads. Furthermore, a large number of Flash-using sites fall back to HTML5 if the user's browser doesn't support it.
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Article by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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IE9 left no doubt that Microsoft understood the importance of supporting modern Web standards. But IE10, updated yesterday with the third platform preview, is the vehicle delivering much of that support.

Microsoft fleshed out IE10's impressive list of new technologies at Microsoft's Build conference for developers. New items on the list such as Web Workers, Web Sockets, 3D Transforms, Application Cache, and IndexedDB are music to the ears of many Web developers who want to make rich, interactive Web sites.



But it's important for a much larger developer group, too: IE10 also is a key foundation for Windows 8 applications. That's why Microsoft is boasting of IE10's ability to run "chromeless" in a full-screen mode and a touch-friendly design.

The better the browser's support for new technologies, the better next-gen Windows apps can be. In particular, the apps based on browser technologies will run handily ontablets built with ARM processors, an area Microsoft cares passionately about as it watches millions of iPads fly off Apple store shelves.
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Article by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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A hotfix available for download from Microsoft is designed to kick Internet Explorer browser definition files in the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 and in the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 up a notch in order to make ASP.NET recognize the latest browser releases, including Internet Explorer 10.

Users need to be running one of the following operating systems in order to apply the fix: Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

As some users might be aware of, IE10 will only be supported on Windows 7 and Windows 8. But the actual presence of the next version of IE on a Windows OS is irrelevant since the hotfix targets .NET 2.0 SP2 and.NET 3.5 SP1, updating the ASP.NET browser definition files.

“By default, ASP.NET uses sniffing technology for the user agent string to detect browsers. The browser definition files cover a certain range of browser versions. However, as the version numbers increase, ASP.NET might not recognize new versions of a browser by using the user agent string. In this case, ASP.NET might handle these versions as an unknown browser,”...
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Article by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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At least one in five Windows 7 customers worldwide have already upgraded to and are using Internet Explorer 9.

As of August 31st, 2011, no less than 20.4% of Windows 7 users had embraced IE9, according to Roger Capriotti, director, Internet Explorer Marketing, who shared usage statistics from Net Applications.

Worldwide, there are more people leveraging IE9 for their daily browsing needs than any other browser, including the most recent releases of rivals such as Chrome and Firefox.

Chrome 13 is runner-up in terms of browser usage share on Windows 7 with 18.3%, while Firefox 6 takes home the bronze with 13.2%.

In the U.S. IE9 is the clear favorite choice, with a massive 27.7% of Windows 7 customers having already upgraded, in comparison to just 12.7% which jumped to Chrome 13 and 11.3% that opted for Firefox 6.

“IE9 has now passed 20% usage share worldwide on Windows 7 as of the last day of August. In the US, IE9 closed out the month at 28% share on Windows 7. IE9 was built to take advantage of the unique capabilities of Windows 7 and it’s great to see more and more Windows 7 users picking IE9 as their...
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Article by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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Microsoft appears to be holding back rival browsers on Windows 7.

Microsoft’s latest browser, Internet Explorer 9, was released in March to Windows 7 and Vista users. Microsoft ditched Windows XP users in a bid to shift consumers and businesses away from the legacy operating system. Windows XP still accounts for nearly 50% of all operating system usage share worldwide, making it the most widely used operating system. Microsoft’s competitors still target Windows XP with their latest browser offerings, allowing them to pick up additional usage share.

Microsoft’s risky gamble is working extremely well in the U.S. according to the latest usage share statistics from Net Applications. Internet Explorer 9 has now reached nearly 30% share on Windows 7 in the U.S. during August. IE9 usage on Windows 7 worldwide is now at 20.4% in August too. In comparison, Google’s Chrome 13 browser accounts for 18.3% usage share and Mozilla Firefox 6 holds 13.2%. Microsoft’s overall Internet Explorer usage share dropped again in July however as the company continues to push users away from Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7.
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Article by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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Microsoft has removed a rogue SSL root certificate issued by DigiNotar from the list of trusted Windows root certificates in an effort designed to protect users of Internet Explorer from attacks impersonating Google online properties, including Gmail.

Dave Forstrom, director of Trustworthy Computing for Microsoft, informed that the software giant is only aware of a single fraudulent DigiNotar digital certificate so far, which is no longer featured on the Microsoft Certificate Trust List.

“DigiNotar has since revoked the digital certificate. This is not a Microsoft security vulnerability; however, the certificate potentially affects Internet users attempting to access websites belonging to Google,” Forstrom revealed.

While attacks leveraging the rogue SSL root certificate are not exploiting actual vulnerabilities, they still represent a security issue, since cybercriminals can abuse them in order to masquerade malicious websites as legitimate Google sites.
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Article by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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If you use an old computer, or have WindowsXP as your operating system, you may well be using Internet Explorer 6 as your web browser and are therefore not benefiting from the rich multimedia experience offered by today's more modern browsers.

Microsoft has just released a critical update for Internet Explorer 6 which you should install immediately. You can get it by going to the Windows update website.

This will prevent your PC being vulnerable to the limited attacks that have recently featured in the news.

Isn't it high time you upgrade to the very latest browser, or, in the interim, install the latest patch for Internet Explorer 6?

Better still, upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 today and future-proof yourself with hardened security features, browse the web anonymously using InPrivate, complete your browsing activities quickly and launch e-mail, maps, translation software and more without leaving the page you are on.


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Guide by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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Everyone wants a fast internet browser, but we can't make all wishes come true. We have many things to do rather than waiting for a page to load but find it turns to a blank page. When it comes to slow internet browsers with the best connection possible, we must worried to know why are some versions of IE Slow. So if you want to speed up your internet explorer, here are some things you should do.

1. Delete favorites

Deleting unnecessary favorites is one of the easiest ways of speeding up internet explorer. The more favorite's links you stored in the browser, the slower IE will be. So don't hesitate, just keep the useful links.

2. Disable add ons and tools bars
Too many add-ons and extra toolbars can really slow your browser down. Save only the ones you need, the rest are just useless.

To manage and remove unneeded add-ons, go to the top right of the screen and click on tools, select manage add-ons, then select list of available add-ons and disable anything you do not need. Tool bars are located in the same place so just repeat the process to remove them.
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Article by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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As of mid-2011, customers leveraging the embedded flavor of Windows 7 SP1 will be able to download the IE9 app template from the software giant’s ECE site, provided that they have the right accounts to access content.

“The Internet Explorer 9 Application Template for Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 was released in the June 2011 Feature Update. This template is used to ensure all the required dependencies for Internet Explorer 9 are added to a runtime image when created in ICE,” Lynda Allen, Microsoft Embedded program manager.

“This release makes the Internet Explorer 9 application available on ECE for use by embedded OEMs. The installer can be run on runtime images. Both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available.”

IE9 on Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 is similar to the full desktop version of the browser designed for Windows 7 and Vista SP2.

“Internet Explorer 9 features HTML 5 support, Pinned Sites, InPrivate Browsing and Tab isolation and recovery,” Allen added.
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Article by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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Safari comes last.



Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 is the best browser for preventing the execution of web-based malware, according to a NSS Labs test.

Windows Internet Explorer 9, Google Chrome 12, Mozilla Firefox 4, Apple Safari 5 and Opera 11 were tested against 1,188 malicious URLs, with IE9 blocking 96 per cent of the URLs when the reputation filter was enabled. It also blocked an additional 3.2 per cent once its application reputation filter was enabled.

In comparison, Chrome caught 13.2 per cent, Firefox and Safari caught 7.6 per cent, while Opera caught 6.1 per cent of the live threats.

The test spanned a period of 14 days from May 27 May through to June 10 this year. Throughout the course of the study, 55 discrete tests were performed every six hours without interruption for each of the five browsers.

According to NSS Labs, the ultimate determent of whether or not a malicious URL was included in this test was its participation in a malware campaign targeting users.
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Article by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser turns 16 years old today.

The software giant originally launched Internet Explorer 1 on August 16, 1995. Microsoft licensed the Spyglass Mosaic browser for $2 million and modified it to create Internet Explorer. The two firms later settled an auditing dispute for $8 million in 1997 and Internet Explorer 7, released in 2006, was the first version without any Mosaic code. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer market share rose alongside the adoption of its Windows operating system on personal computers worldwide. The United States Department of Justice prosecuted Microsoft in 1998 accusing the company of bundling Internet Explorer with Windows to restrict competing web browsers such as Netscape Navigator.

Despite Microsoft’s brush with justice, Internet Explorer held over 90% market share until the end of 2004. Microsoft’s browser share has been in steady decline over the past few years and now stands at just over 50% worldwide. The software maker has focused its efforts on Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10 recently to regain important market share. Microsoft’s browser has seen a number of changes over the...
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Article by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 browser has come out top in a recent social engineering malware test.

NSS Labs, an independent security research and testing organization, found that Internet Explorer 9 blocks up to seven times more malware than other browsers. Internet Explorer 9 with SmartScreen URL reputation caught 96% of live malware threats compared to second placed Google Chrome 12 with 13.2%. NSS Labs broke down its tests into regions and found that 95% of threats in Asia were defeated by Internet Explorer 9, compared to 92% in Europe. Globally 96% of threats were defeated.

“We continue to improve the quality and protection SmartScreen technology offers to our Internet Explorer users,” said Microsoft’s Internet Explorer product marketing director, Roger Capriotti, in a blog post on Monday. “You can see these improvements in how much faster SmartScreen is in blocking malware over time.”

Opera 11 came bottom of the pile with just 6.1% of threats detected whilst Firefox 4 and Safari 5 both detected 7.6% of threats. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 previously fared well in NSS’ December tests, catching 90.2% of all live...
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Article by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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Taking advantage of the amazing Pinned Sites feature available exclusively with Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7 has never been easier for web developers worldwide.

Not only is Microsoft doing the heavy lifting to help developers them get their sites to Pin on the Windows 7 Taskbar via IE9, but the resources the software giant is offering have been internationalized.

With BuildMyPinnedSite.com now localized for web devs in no less than 40 markets worldwide, they can leverage the tools, code and guidance provided free of charge in their native language.

“Today, we announce that BuildMyPinnedSite.com is available worldwide in 38 languages and 40 geographies, making it easier than ever to enhance your site with pinning. BuildMyPinnedSite.com provides you the ideas and all the code you’ll need to enhance your site with pinning in just a few easy steps and less than 15 minutes of development,” revealed Microsoft’s Ziad Ismail.

According to Microsoft, BuildMyPinnedSite.com is now available in English, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Simplified Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Swedish, Arabic, Estonian, Finnish, Greek,...
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Article by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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A story which suggested that users of Internet Explorer have a lower IQ than people who chose other browsers appears to have been an elaborate hoax.

A number of media organisations, including the BBC, reported on the research, put out by Canadian firm ApTiquant.

It later emerged that the company's website was only recently set up and staff images were copied from a legitimate business in Paris.

It is unclear who was behind the stunt.

The story was reported by many high profile organisations including CNN, the Daily Mail, the Telegraph and Forbes.

Questions about the authenticity of the story were raised by readers of the BBC website who established that the company which put out the research - ApTiquant - appeared to have only set up its website in the past month.

Thumbnail images of the firm's staff on the website also matched those on the site of French research company Central Test, although many of the names had been changed.
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Article by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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Microsoft’s big bet on Internet Explorer 9 with Windows 7 appears to be paying off.

The company released Internet Explorer 9 in March to Vista and Windows 7 users. Microsoft excluded Windows XP owners in a bid to convince users to upgrade to the company’s latest and greatest. Windows XP accounts for nearly 50% of all operating system usage share worldwide, making it the most widely used operating system. Microsoft’s competitors still actively support Windows XP with their latest browsers, allowing them to pick up additional usage share.

Despite the risks involved, Microsoft’s gamble appears to be paying off on the Windows 7 side. Internet Explorer 9 has now reached nearly 25% share on Windows 7 in the U.S. during July. IE9 usage on Windows 7 worldwide is now at 18.5% in July too. Both figures are above Google’s Chrome 12 and Mozilla’s Firefox 5. Microsoft’s overall Internet Explorer usage share dropped again in July however. Internet Explorer now holds 52.81% usage share according to statistics from Net Applications.
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Opinion by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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Microsoft is not at all shy about applauding Internet Explorer 9 as the best browser for business customers. I’d also argue that since IE appears to be the only valid option for companies, they might as well run the best version of the browser they can.

Superior security, boosted performance, increased productivity, top stability and reliability, a plethora of new features (some of which incredibly useful and addictive, try Pinned Sites), backward compatibility, simple management of deployments, customized installations, etc. are just some of the reasons that make IE9 an IT professional’s wet dream.

Microsoft commissioned a study to Forrester Consulting to provide additional incentive to business customers to embrace IE9, especially if they’re currently using IE8. Summarizing the conclusions of the study, upgrading from IE8 to IE9 can save companies millions of dollars.

Forrester calculated the savings for a large organization upgrading some 50,000 desktops to Internet Explorer 9, and looking at their math it should be really hard for IT pros to find reasons not to upgrade.
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Article by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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Internet Explorer 9 offers the best protection against socially engineered malware according to the latest tests performed by NSS Labs focused on European users.

The results of NSS Labs’s “Web Browser Group Test Socially-Engineered Malware - Europe Q2 2011” report are conclusive with previous findings of the testing outfit, which consistently highlight IE as offering the best protection against socially engineered malware, even though Microsoft rivals contest the conclusions.

In the latest round of testing, NSS Labs looked at Google Chrome 10.0.648.204, Windows Internet Explorer 8 (build 8.0.7600.16385), Windows Internet Explorer 9 (build 9.0.8112.16421), Mozilla Firefox 4.0, Opera 11.01 Build 1190 and Safari 5.0.5(7533.21.1).

“With SmartScreen enabled and Application Reputation disabled, IE9 achieved a unique URL blocking score of 89% and over-time protection rating of 92%. Enabling Application Reputation on top of SmartScreen increased the unique URL block rate of Internet Explorer 9 by 11% (to 100%) at zero hour as well as the over-time protection by 8% (to 100%),” NSS Labs revealed.
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The latest NSS Labs report is in, and the findings show that Internet Explorer completely dominates all other browsers when it comes to preventing socially engineered malware. For those that aren’t aware, socially engineered malware is a form of malicious software that attempts to trick users into installing it, and thanks to Internet Explorer 9’s SmartScreen URL filtering the browser prevents 92% of it; and up to 100% when you include Application Reputation to filer untrustworthy executables.



Internet Explorer 8 also does well in this arena, blocking 80% of all socially engineered malware. Other browsers look just shameful in comparison: Safari 5, Chrome 10 and Firefox 4 (the latest browsers at the start of Q2 2011) managed to block just 13% of the malware, with Opera 11 performing even worse and filtering just 5%.

Safari, Chrome and Firefox all perform the same due to all browsers using Google’s Safe Browsing URL blacklisting system, whereas Opera relies on an AVG-powered service. Not only is Opera the worst browser at preventing this type of attack, but it also is the slowest, averaging 48 hours to block a new malicious site versus...
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Article by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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Microsoft this week rolled out a second preview of its Internet Explorer 10 browser. Like the first, IE10 Platform Preview 2 is primarily intended to give Web developers and designers an early look at the upcoming features so they can prepare accordingly. Outside of a handful of demos, there isn't much for the average user to play around with -- it doesn't even ship with a URL bar -- but it does reveal that Microsoft appears to be on the right track.

One of the more talked about additions is support for the Web Worker API. What this does is give developers the freedom to throw multiple scripts at Web surfers to be executed simultaneously, allowing complex JavaScripts to run in the background. Traditionally, browsers have been single-threaded, and all it takes is one computationally intensive task to drag things down.

Other under-the-hood goodies include support for major platform features like HTML5 Parser, HTML5 Sandbox, HTML5 Forms, Media Query Listerners, and more. But perhaps most encouraging is Microsoft's focus on Web standards. We ran the second preview through an HTML5 test at www.html5test.com and it scored 231 points out of 450, up from 141 in...
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Article by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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Microsoft has announced some changes due in Internet Explorer 10 that promise to improve its HTML5 parsing with respect to other browsers, but the removal of certain features is causing a stir in the web development community.

In a post to the IEBlog, Internet Explorer lead Tony Ross detailed some of the changes that are due in version 10, which will underpin the Windows 8 operating system across both ARM and x86 platforms.

"The Web is better when developers can use the same markup and same code across different browsers with the same results," explains Ross. While that's a laudable aim, it's a sentiment that may come as a surprise to many developers when Internet Explorer's track record with the implementation of standards is taken into account. "The second platform preview of IE10 makes progress in this area," Ross continues, "by fully supporting the HTML5 parsing algorithm."

That full support means that HTML5 content should operate the same in Internet Explorer 10 as it does in other browsers such as Firefox and Safari. That's undeniably good news, but comes at a cost: IE10 is set to remove support for conditional comments and XML data...
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BANGALORE, INDIA: For a cricket crazy nation with 1.2 billion cricketholics who eat, drink and breathe cricket, Internet Explorer 9 presents a unique opportunity of getting a quicker, richer web experience on Yahoo! Cricket through the unique 'Cricket Tab'.

Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. has announced a partnership between Internet Explorer 9 and Yahoo! Cricket, which allows you to view latest match scores, team information, photographs, videos and a lot more, at your fingertips just a click away with your own 'Cricket Tab'.

Senthilkumar Sundaram, director - Internet Explorer, Microsoft India said, "This partnership will give cricketholics the best of both worlds – an enhanced and richer web experience with Internet Explorer 9 and the most updated and interesting content from Yahoo! Cricket.”

According to the release, one can easily create 'Cricket Tab' - by simply dragging and pinning the Yahoo! Cricket website icon onto your taskbar.
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Opinion by Samanddean07 posted over a year ago
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Windows 7 users have warmed up to Internet Explorer 9 more than they have with any direct rival of this IE version, namely Firefox 4.0 and Chrome 12.

According to statistics from Internet metrics firm Net Applications, this is valid both in the United States and worldwide, with IE9 grabbing the second spot in terms of usage share behind its precursor, Internet Explorer 8.

At the end of June 2011, some 47.94% of Windows 7 users in the US were still running IE8, a consistent drop compared to the previous month’s usage statistics, when it accounted for as much as 53.54%.

In the same period of time, IE9’s usage share surged from just 13.98% to as much as 19.56%, taking into consideration only Windows 7 customers in the US.

At the end of the past month, Firefox 4.0 was used only by 11.30% of those also leveraging Windows 7, up from 11.22% the month before, while Chrome 12 had a usage share of just 8.45%.

“June was another good month for Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7. IE9 has now become the most popular modern browser on Windows 7 in the US. IE9 is now just second overall in the US behind IE8 with 21.8% usage...
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