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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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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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