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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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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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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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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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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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Microsoft has released a new Internet Explorer 10 preview, the second pre-release of Internet Explorer 10 designed to give developers access to the new technologies that Internet Explorer 10 will deliver. The new version includes support for a bunch of new specifications, enabling better support for drag and drop, form validation, positioning of page elements, and more. As with prior preview releases, Microsoft has also provided a number of demo sites to show off new capabilities, and new test cases to demonstrate exact conformance with the HTML5 specifications.

This update comes 11 weeks after the first preview release, making it a little ahead of schedule; Internet Explorer 9 previews came out roughly every eight weeks, but for Internet Explorer 10, Microsoft is aiming at one every three months.

Probably the most significant inclusion for Web developers is support for the Web Worker API. Conventionally, browser JavaScript has been strictly single-threaded, with no facility to perform computations in the background or use multicore processors. Web Workers change this, by allowing multiple scripts to execute simultaneously, opening the door to pages that...
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Microsoft made a second Internet Explorer 10 platform preview available to developers on Wednesday.

The software giant is improving its HTML5 support with Internet Explorer 10. “Developers will be able to build even more amazing sites and applications with IE10’s improved HTML5 support,” said Microsoft’s Dean Hachamovitch. “As different browsers support developers using the same markup to achieve the same results with great performance, we can all realize the promise of HTML5 applications.”

Microsoft has posted over 270 new tests to the Internet Explorer test center and submitted them to the standards bodies. Internet Explorer 10 platform preview 2 includes the following (full list here):

Positioned Floats
CSS3 Gradients (on all image types)
CSS stylesheet limit lifted
CSSOM Floating Point Value support
Improved hit testing APIs
Media Query Listeners
HTML5: Support for async attribute on script elements
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The IE10 Platform Preview Guide for Developers provides an early look at the developer features coming to the next version of Internet Explorer. By using the documentation and samples in this guide, web developers and designers can prepare to use these new features. To download and install Internet Explorer Platform Preview, see the Internet Explorer Test Drive site.

This topic contains the following sections:

Contents

What’s in the Guide

About the Platform Preview

Compatibility Modes

Compatibility View List

User-agent String

Sending Feedback

Revision History

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

CSS3 Flexible Box (“Flexbox”) Layout

Positioned Floats

CSS3 Gradients

CSS3 Grid Alignment

CSS3 Multi-column Layout

Removal of Style Sheet Limits

Document Object Model (DOM) support
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Is the full-screen touch interface for Windows 8 'just a shell' on top of Windows?

Not really; there isn't an application running like Media Center that you could shut down and it isn't just a browser – this is another mode for the interface that you can switch in and out of. But it is the browser that powers it.

Apps for the immersive Windows 8 interface are written in HTML5, JavaScript and CSS (and presumably, Silverlight – this is the IE10 engine and there's no reason for it not to run plug-ins) and packaged up in an AppX container.

In fact, if you dig into the web standards support that Microsoft has added to IE10, it's clear to see that despite the resemblance to the Silverlight-powered Windows Phone 7 'Metro' interface, the layout of this new user interface is the biggest reason for adding those standards now.
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One standard that Microsoft added to IE9, Media Queries, is always suggested as a way to have one web page display appropriately on different-sized screens – not just shrinking the page but reflowing the layout and adding or removing extra details to fit.
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This fall, a new set of mobile phones running under Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system should arrive on shelves, bringing to the market the latest flavor of the platform, codenamed Mango.

It should come with a number of over 500 new features and enhancements, with the new Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Mobile being one of them.

IE9 brought to desktop PCs a more beautiful web, and IE9 for Windows Phone Mango should make a similar move on mobile phones.

Today, web developers can test their sites against IE9 Mobile through downloading and installing the Windows Phone Developer Tools on their PCs, as it already includes IE9 in the emulator.

But there's more to it, Joe Marini, principal program manager, Internet Explorer - Windows Phone, notes in a recent blog post, as a Mobile Test Drive is now in place for developers interested in learning more on IE9 Mobile what it can offer.

An Internet Explorer Test Drive site was put in place for IE9 to highlight various features and capabilities of Internet Explorer via Web development samples, and the new Mobile Test Drive builds on the same idea.
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Microsoft has started distributing a new version on Internet Explorer 9 through Windows Update. IE 9.0.1 is being pushed automatically to all IE9 RTW customers through WU since the new release is nothing more than the first security update for Internet Explorer 9.

The first patch package for IE9 comes as a part of the June 2011 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer, which the software giant is serving via WU.

Obviously, the IE security bulletin is designed to address vulnerabilities in all supported releases of Internet Explorer. In total, the Redmond company plugged no less than seven security holes in IE.

“The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user visits a malicious, specially crafted Web page using IE,” noted Vishwac Sena Kannan, Program Manager, Internet Explorer.

“Users who run without administrative rights are more secure in general and should be less impacted than other users (…). This security update is rated Critical for IE6, 7, 8, and 9 on Windows clients.”
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Apparently the cake was a lie. After hearing that Firefox 4 was no longer going to be receiving security updates, Microsoft was quick to pounce on the opportunity to improve their market penetration within the corporate world. Computer World reports that Ari Bixhorn, director of Internet Explorer, made a post on his blog in response to an open letter from IBM’s John Walicki. While IBM was lamenting the fact that they spent months testing their applications with Firefox 4 only to find out that security updates for the browser are no longer going to be available, Microsoft stepped in and reminded everyone that IE9 will be supported through January 2020.

Although this is simply another example of a company posturing itself to increase market share, Mozilla’s response is the part that’s perplexing. Asa Dotzler, director of Firefox, posted a response to the enterprise question, stating:


Enterprise has never been (and I’ll argue, shouldn’t be) a focus of ours. Until we run out of people who don’t have sysadmins and enterprise deployment teams looking out for them, I can’t imagine why we’d focus at all on the kinds of environments you...
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Blink and you'll miss it. Microsoft has demonstrated Internet Explorer 10 at the MIX11 show in Las Vegas. For around 30 seconds of the 90-minute talk, they mentioned that some of the demos were running on an ARM computer.

That's the full Internet Explorer 10, which would presumably require a reasonably complete version of Windows too, and not running on an Intel or AMD x86 processor. And running quite well too, by the look of things.

What's that strange smell coming from Intel headquarters? Oh, yes. It's fear.


NVIDIA was quick to fess up that the "demo was powered by the NVIDIA Tegra superchip." They gave no specifics as to make and model, but we can guess it's a Tegra 2 Dual-Core chip, with a system-on-a-chip GeForce GPU. This is about as powerful as ARM chips get right now.

NVIDIA also hinted that it's working closely with Microsoft on the Windows 8 product.

By looking at the MIX11 videocast with a magnifying glass, we can see the chip is a humble 32-bit offering--as with all ARM processors today--and that the machine had a mere 1GB of RAM. There must be some pretty awesome optimization going on with the...
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There should be little doubt that Internet Explorer 9 would be the winner of a comparison with Internet Explorer 8, security-wise, and Microsoft even has some palpable proof.

As the Redmond company released this month’s patches, Chengyun Chu, from MSRC Engineering had a look at how Microsoft Security Bulletin MS11-050 – Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2530548) impacts IE9 and IE8.

Although MS11-050 is rated Critical for both versions of Internet Explorer, users running IE9 are more secure by default compared to those that have yet to upgrade from IE8.

MS11-050 is designed to plug no less than 11 security holes across all supported IE versions. However, IE9 is affected only by four of the security vulnerabilities, unlike IE8, which contains all the flaws.

“Only a minor fraction of vulnerabilities affecting IE8 (and earlier versions of the browser) would still affect IE9. This is due to various factors related to security work that happened in IE8, ranging from deprecating obsolete features, to improving fuzzing tests in IE9 and so on,” Chu explained.
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If you were counting on WebGL support in upcoming versions of Internet Explorer, you're out of luck for now. Microsoft made the decision to not support WebGL in its current form due to serious security concerns. WebGL, an emerging graphics API from the Khronos Group, is supported and enabled in Firefox and Chrome, can be turned on in Safari, and available in an experimental build of Opera.

In a blog post on Microsoft's Security Research and Defense blog, Microsoft identified three key issues that prevent products containing WebGL from passing Microsoft's Security Development Lifecycle requirements. These concerns were similar to those raised last month by Context Information Security.
• The implementation of browsers supporting WebGL depends on drivers provided by the manufacturers of graphics hardware. Turing-complete code is fed directly to these drivers, which can trigger an attack on the GPU if attackers exploit the drivers, which reside on the kernel level.
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Microsoft has revealed that Internet Explorer 9 has been incremented to update revision 1.

The software giant detailed the changes in a blog post on Tuesday. Microsoft release a June 2011 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer on Tuesday that resolves seven vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer.The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user visits a malicious, specially crafted Web page using IE.

The security update is rated critical for Internet Explorer 6, 7,8 and 9. Despite the version jump, the major and minor version numbers remain 9.0. “Today we increment the update revision to 1,” explained Microsoft Internet Explorer program manager Vishwac Sena Kannan. Microsoft also confirmed there is no change to the User-Agent string or other platform versioning information.


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Tron has entered the hardware accelerated HMTL5 grid via Internet Explorer 9. The result is the new Disney Tron: Legacy digital book site, an immersive project which has taken an analog graphic novel to the next level by the way of modern web standards.

Disney Tron: Legacy was made possible through the collaboration between Disney Publishing House, Microsoft and Vectorform.

The amazing developers and designers at Vectorform have put together the digital flavor of the Tron comic book in less than a month, relying heavily on HTML5 and the power of HTML5 hardware acceleration that IE9 brings to the table.

“Most online comics are stagnant,” explained Dario Di Zanni, development manager for Disney publishing digital media. “We wanted an engaging, fluid site that is more like the actual experience of reading a comic book.”

Vectorform tested a range of technologies for the project, including CSS3 2D Transforms, JavaScript, jQuery, DOM, etc. However, they found that only by leveraging the HTML5 <canvas> element could they get not only a superbly immersive performance, but also top performance, no less than 60 frames per...
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One recent announcement made by the IE team provides an illustrative example of Internet Explorer 9’s superiority compared to its predecessor, Internet Explorer 8.

Vishwac Sena Kannan and Kevin Luu, Program Managers, Internet Explorer revealed that Microsoft is expanding the language support for IE9 as of this week, effectively doubling the number of languages available to customers running the latest iteration of IE.

A part of the announcement is focused on the evolution from IE8 to IE9, with the two IE team members noting that “With IE9, our goal was to deliver more languages faster. More specifically, our goals included the simultaneous release of final IE9 in more languages than IE8, and a shorter interval between the final release of IE9 and the remaining languages.”

IE9 was released in no less than 40 localized version earlier this year, with the availability of the Japanese version postponed due to the natural disaster that hit Japan.
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Google revealed on Wednesday that it plans to phase out Internet Explorer 7 support.

The support will be discontinued on the company’s Apps platform from August 1. Firefox 3.5, IE7 and Safari 3 will all be dropped. “In these older browsers you may have trouble using certain features in Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs and Google Sites,” said Google’s Vice President of Engineering, Venkat Panchapakesan. “Eventually these apps may stop working entirely,” he added.

Google says it’s dropping the support in order to focus on advanced browsers that support HTML5. “Older browsers just don’t have the chops to provide you with the same high-quality experience,” said Panchapakesan. Google plans to drop support for Internet Explorer 8 once Internet Explorer 10 is made available. “we’ll begin supporting the update and stop supporting the third-oldest version,” said Panchapakesan.

Microsoft launched its final version of Internet Explorer 9 on March 15. The software giant built in greater support for HTML5 and hardware accelerated browsing, alongside some impresser security improvements. The company unveiled an...
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This week in New York, Andy Lees introduced Windows Phone “Mango” to the world, which includes IE9 Mobile. This announcement and associated demos built upon last month’s MIX11 conference, where Joe Belfiore demonstrated our latest progress on bringing Internet Explorer 9 to Windows Phone during his keynote address. IE9 Mobile represents a huge jump forward for us on the mobile platform, effectively unifying our underlying code base for the browser with the desktop version. In this post, I’d like to outline some of the main principles we’re following as we build IE9 Mobile.

Hardware-Accelerated HTML5 and Graphics
As Joe (or “JoeB”, as we like to call him) showed during his keynote, we’re taking advantage of the hardware available to us on the phone to ensure a high-performance experience for the user. We’ve also incorporated our brand-new “Chakra” JavaScript engine, which provides another level of performance boost to your Web applications.

This bump in performance means that you, as a Web developer, can create great sites for the mobile Web that perform like native applications and give users a rich, immersive experience. We...
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Internet Explorer changed their homepage to Internet Explorer 9 and thus changed the way you have to change your homepage to the homepage you want. It is easy to change your homepage on Internet Explorer 9; it just



takes a little time for you to learn the process.

1. Open Internet Explorer 9 on your computer. If you want it and you don't have it, download Internet Explorer 9 and prepare to change your homepage to the homepage you want.

2. Go to the website you want as your homepage. Go to the exact part of that website that you want to come up when you open Internet Explorer 9.

3. Look at your new Internet Explorer 9 browser. You will see a house and a star and a wheel at the top right corner of your browser.

4. Right click the house and a small box will come up, the bottom of this box will say add or change homepage, click on that and another box will pop up.

5. This box will say use this webpage as your only homepage or add this webpage to your homepage tabs
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Microsoft Corporation India Pvt Ltd today announced the availability of Internet Explorer 9 in 93 additional languages, including 11 Indian regional languages.


The Indian regional languages are Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu.

With this launch, a wider audience base will have access to Internet Explorer 9 in their native language.

"The availability of Internet Explorer 9 in Indian regional languages is part of Microsoft's ongoing efforts to promote local language computing in India, thereby taking IT to the masses," the firm said in a statement.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft has had a presence in India since 1990. Currently, it has offices in 13 cities--Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.

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Microsoft announced on Wednesday that Internet Explorer 9 is now available in 93 different languages.

The software giant released support for Internet Explorer 9 in 53 additional languages on Wednesday. The language support now places Internet Explorer 9 at the top for local language browser support on Windows. Mozilla is a close second place with 86 languages for Firefox 4, Chrome and Opera lag behind with just over 40 and Safari 5 performs the worst with just 16 languages supported. “With IE9, our goal was to deliver more languages faster,” said Microsoft’s Vishwac Sena Kannan. ”With today’s release, IE9 is available in all languages that Windows Vista is available in and in 93 of 96 languages Windows 7 is available in.”

Microsoft says it will start offering IE9 to customers in one of the 53 new languages starting next week via Windows Update. The rollout will be gradual and should be complete by the end of June according to the company. Internet Explorer 9 language packs will also be made available as optional updates via Windows Update for users who have previously installed IE9.
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At the start of this month Adobe launched the Release Candidate of Flash 10.3 delivering privacy enhancements across the table, including for users running Internet Explorer 9 and IE8.

Now the final version of Flash 10.3 is available for download, and customers are advised to grab it and update as soon as possible.



In addition to the various enhancements and security patches contained, Flash 10.3 also makes it extremely simple for IE9 and IE8 users to remove Local Shared Objects (LSOs).

Also known as Flash Cookies, LSOs were outside the reach of Internet Explorer ahead of version 10.3 of Flash.

This through no fault of Microsoft, especially since the Redmond company provided the necessary application programming interface (API) for Adobe to leverage and enhance user privacy with the launch of Internet Explorer 8.

It certainly took Adobe a while, but per the better-late-then-never approach, the company managed to embrace the IE IDeleteBrowsingHistory Interface with Flash 10.3.
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Leveraging Site Pinning in Internet Explorer 9 allows web developers to get a spectacular user engagement boost for their sites.

IE9 Pinned Sites not only guarantee an enhanced user experience through the intimate integration into Windows 7, but also deliver measureable results related to visitor engagement, reveals Microsoft’s Ziad Ismail.



And now it’s easier than it has ever been for web devs to take advantage of Site Pinning, since the Redmond company launched www.buildmypinnedsite.com.

BuildMyPinnedSite streamlines the work that developers need to do in order to allow users to pin their site, starting with the creation of a hi-resolution favicon, and moving on to the addition of a JumpList, to setting up notifications, and using thumbnail preview controls.

“Build My Pinned Site is a tool for site owners and developers to see what a better web experience looks like with pinning. Breaking news catches your attention through trending keywords. Media experiences can be controlled outside the browser,” Ismail stated.
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WordPress has announced that the blogging platform will no longer support Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 web browser.

The ten year old web browser continues to be used by many, who don’t pay attention to warnings that they need to upgrade. The browser is not secure and is no longer supported by many websites. Even Microsoft, its creator, has likened the aged web browser to sour milk.

In a blog post, Word Press revealed that the website will no longer support the web browser. Visiting the website from IE6 will prompt the user that the web browser is insecure and would advise them to install a new version of Internet Explorer, or any other web browser.

“WordPress has discontinued support for Internet Explorer 6. It has required increasingly complex code trickery to make the WordPress dashboard work in the IE6 browser, which was introduced 10 years ago and does not support current web standards,” the company said in the post.

The announcement comes as WordPress introduced some new changes to its dashboard which make it easier for users to write blogs. The company said that the new dashboard will appear broken when accessed...
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Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser has escaped a huge memory leak flaw affecting rival browsers.

The flaw was posted to the Chromium issue tracker earlier this month. Internet Explorer 7, 8 and 9 are not affecting by the issue according to initial developer testing. The Next Web reports that Chrome is affected, alongside Firefox and Safari. Opera’s browser has not been tested.

The memory leak occurs when an image result contains a “Cache-control:no-store” attribute as it loads. Browsers are supposed to load the images and then free the memory up post load. The bug means memory is never freed and constantly in use by the system. The developer that discovered the flaw has created a test page to demonstrate the memory leak in action. You can test the memory leak in your favorite browser here.

In related news, Microsoft recently revealed that Internet Explorer 8 and 9 block up to 5 million daily malware attacks. Microsoft’s new Application Reputation warnings in Internet Explorer 9 have blocked more than 20 million additional infections per month according to the software giant.
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Microsoft revealed on Tuesday that its Internet Explorer 8 and 9 SmartScreen protection blocks between 2 and 5 million daily malware attacks.

The software giant revealed the figures in a blog post on Tuesday. Microsoft has found that 1 out of every 14 programs downloaded is later confirmed as malware. Microsoft’s SmartScreen technology has blocked more than 1.5 billion attempted malware attacks according to Microsoft. “IE is still the only major production browser to offer this kind of protection from socially engineered malware,” said Jeb Haber from Microsoft’s SmartScreen team. “Our goal is to establish a reputation for the publisher of every program on the Web so that consumers can have a safer and easier experience downloading them.”

Microsoft explains that Internet Explorer 9 has built on the secure foundation of the company’s SmartScreen filtering software. Microsoft added Application Reputation to Internet Explorer 9. Application Reputation that helps protect users from undetected malware masquerading as legitimate executable downloads, while also removing unnecessary warnings when a download has an established reputation. Microsoft...
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Internet Explorer 9 provides the best browsing experience on the web
Doha, Qatar, April 28, 2011 --Microsoft Qatar located at Qatar Science & Technology Park today announced the launch of the latest version of the world's most-used browser with the release of Windows Internet Explorer 9 for consumers across the country. Using Internet Explorer 9, web users across Qatar can further leverage the power of the whole PC and get the best browsing experience on the Internet.

"The best experience of the Web is on Windows with Internet Explorer 9," said Mohammad Hammoudi, Country Manager, Microsoft Qatar. "Today, the Web can unlock the power and performance of the best PC hardware through Windows and Internet Explorer 9(IE9). Websites also can act more like applications within Windows 7, with features such as Pinned Sites. In less than a year, Internet Explorer 9 went from early preview to final release with the help of hardware partners and the Web community. We are pleased to have launched Internet Explorer 9 locally here in Qatar to provide consumers with the ultimate browsing experience."
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Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser will be able to delete the data websites collect about them using Flash cookies, the company has said.



Users that update their Flash players to the latest Adobe version will be able to delete the 'super cookies' if they use Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) or the more recent version of the browser, IE9, Microsoft said.

Flash technology used on many websites can track users' activity in a way that is not currently removed when users change their browser settings to delete cookies.

"When we released IE8, we added [application program interfaces] for Internet Explorer so that add-ons such as Flash can respond to Delete Browsing History and InPrivate Browsing, allowing consumers to delete Flash cookies along with other data in browsing history," Andy Zeigler, Program Manager, Internet Explorer said in a blog post.

"Adobe recently announced that Flash Player 10.3 integrates with Delete Browsing History.
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Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 comes with an advanced security feature that makes it much safer than other Web browsers, including Google Chrome, according to a computer researcher.

Internet Explorer has long been a favorite target of cybercriminals; security holes are regularly found in older versions of the popular browser, leaving it easily exploitable for a number of different attacks.

But with the March 14 release of IE9, Microsoft may have finally gotten things right, Ed Bott of the security website ZDNet says.

Better filters for bad files

Bott cites IE9's SmartScreen filters, which run Web pages containing suspicious downloadable attachments through a database of all known programs and websites. If the page or the attachment doesn't check out, IE 9 won't let you even view it, let alone be tricked into downloading a rigged file.

"The algorithm assumes that a file — signed or unsigned — is untrustworthy until it establishes a reputation," Bott wrote. "No domain or file gets a free pass."
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Internet Explorer 10 can seamlessly “go back in time” and render websites as if it was one of its predecessors, such as IE5, IE7, IE8, IE9.

Not that this is anything new when it comes down to major IE iterations. Microsoft remains committed to supporting legacy websites with new versions of IE just as it still supports legacy applications with fresh Windows releases.



Of course, while the IE team has always acted on a mantra of not breaking the web with new IE releases, but packing multiple rendering modes into the browser is not only about legacy sites.

Even sites tailored specifically for IE9 will work seamlessly in IE10, even though their developers might take a while to adapt the projects.

The first Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 10 was releases at MIX11 just weeks after IE9 RTW downloads went to the public.

IE10 PP1 is currently available to early adopters for testing, and Microsoft offered insight into how to easily switch from one document mode to another.
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Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9) claims to conserve power in ways that no other modern browsers have before. The product team behind the software looked at three areas in order to try and optimize energy use - adapting PC hardware to accelerate IE 9, idle resource usage, and power management guidance settings.

The workers on IE 9 tested several scenarios with several different modern browsers using a instrumented Intel PC based on Calpella, the sixth-generation Centrino platform of mobile chipset, mobile processor, and mobile network. The PC was also fitted with Windows 7 before visiting both HTML 4 and HTML 5 websites. The team then looked at recorded power consumption, in watts, in relation to the system, CPU, memory, GPU, hard disk, LAN, uncore, USB, and network.

According to Microsoft, under idle or blank-page conditions, IE 9, Google Chrome, and Firefox 4 all use roughly the save amount of energy. When visiting a HTML 4 webpages, like popular news sites, IE 9 and Firefox 4 use roughly the same amount of energy, with Safari 5 using just a little more. HTML 5, widely considered the new standard for websites over Flash, caused the greatest power...
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It might seem impossible to believe, but Windows Vista is drawing to the end of its short, unhappy life. Under Microsoft’s official product lifecycle, the mainstream support phase for Windows Vista will end in less than one year, on April 10, 2012—five years, two months, and 16 days after it became generally available on January 25, 2007. (For business editions, there’s an extended support period that lasts another five years, guaranteeing security updates until 2017.)

I don’t expect there to be any great outcry when Vista fades away. But knowing that end-of-life date helps answer one mystery that puzzled some Microsoft watchers this week. Why does the platform preview of Internet Explorer 10 throw up an error message if you try to run it on Windows Vista? Maybe it’s because, if the newly announced browser follows the same development schedule as IE9, its scheduled ship date will be a year from now—after Windows Vista is retired.

Decoding Microsoft’s cryptic product support lifecycle isn’t easy. Even experienced Microsoft watchers sometimes get tripped up by the many conditions that apply. Service packs and browsers complicate the issue...
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Microsoft unveiled its Internet Explorer 10 platform preview on Tuesday.

The software giant also demonstrated Internet Explorer 10 running inside Windows 8. Windows Chief, Steven Sinofsky, took to the stage on Tuesday at MIX11 in Las Vegas to demonstrate an ARM version of Windows. Sinofsky showed the processor information but did not state whether it was a Windows 8 build or not. The Windows build featured an up arrow in the explorer window that Sinofsky revealed, also found in previously leaked Windows 8 screenshots.

Sinofsky’s further demonstration of an ARM based version of Windows follows a demo earlier this year. Microsoft held a special press event at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January to introduce a technology preview of Microsoft’s Windows ARM support and show off an early build of Windows 8. Microsoft is partnering with ARM-based manufactures NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments to produce new Tablet devices.

Microsoft is currently working on a Windows 8 “immersive” tablet user experience. However, the company may introduce Windows 8 ARM based tablets ahead of a full desktop release. Microsoft’s...
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Microsoft revealed on Tuesday its next-generation of Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer 10 builds on Internet Explorer 9 and includes support for even more standards like CSS3 gradients, multi-column, and grid layouts. Microsoft posted a video of Internet Explorer 10 platform preview on Tuesday and shared more information in a blog post on Tuesday. “We’re about three weeks into development of IE10, and based on the progress we’ve made, we want to start engaging the development community now,” wrote Dean Hachamovitch, Corporate Vice President of Internet Explorer. Future platform previews of Internet Explorer 10 will be delivered every 8-12 weeks.

WinRumors previously revealed that the company plans to keep pushing platform preview builds of Internet Explorer out until the IE10 beta. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 browser marked the first time for some years that Internet Explorer hasn’t been closely linked to Windows itself. Recent previous versions have shipped before or around the RTM dates of major Windows versions. Internet Explorer 9 broke this tradition and lays a clear path for the future of Internet Explorer.
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As the week’s pass and Microsoft continues to develop Windows 8, the amount of leaked builds continues to rise. Just today Neowin reported that Windows 8 will have a metro-style PDF reader and earlier this week we reported that it may also come with a ribbon UI, similarly to that of which they have in their Office products. Well today, a little more information has been revealed thanks to Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott.

From previous leaks we can see that Microsoft is heading towards a metro-like, tiles-based GUI instead of carrying on with developing Aero and Aero Lite. We have seen an example of this type of GUI with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system and it seems that we may seem something very similar with Windows 8. They have named their new UI, Immersive and up to now no one has been able to unlock the features in previous leaked versions. It's likely that the new GUI is for tablet based form factors, and won't be on the desktop. This application, like previous Windows 8 apps operates at 640 x 480 and doesn’t come with a resize feature. Rafael noted that the likelihood is that the application is designed to run full screen and the limitations...
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Microsoft's new browser, Internet Explorer 9, seems to have little to say about Microsoft. It doesn't even say "Internet Explorer" anywhere on the browser.

Microsoft has trimmed the fat off the glassy browser frame, creating more on-screen playground for Web developers to stretch out on.

It's clear Microsoft has made some major development changes to bring back the millions of Web users who have been lured away by Mozilla Firefox, a competitor that has whittled Internet Explorer's share from more than 90 percent to 57 percent of the market.

Microsoft released the new browser Monday night in an event at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. It's available for free download at www.beautyoftheweb.com.

While Microsoft still is the most popular browser, Mozilla now has 22 percent of the market with Firefox, Google has 11 percent with Chrome, and Apple has 6 percent with Safari, according to research firm Net Market Share.
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Microsoft has recently taken the wrapping paper off of IE9 and released it to the world for public consumption. The browser offers many new features and a revamped user interface that has been receiving generally positive reception from its end users.

Naturally, Microsoft has been quite pleased with the growth and adoption rate that the browser has been receiving. Currently IE9 holds 3.6% usage share on Windows 7 and is continuing to grow at a rapid pace, Microsoft states on their blog:


According to Net Applications’ latest data, worldwide, IE9 share on Windows 7 reached 3.6% for the month of March. The combination of IE9 and Windows 7 with the PC creates the best experience for users of the web and the developers and designers that create those sites. The adoption rate of IE9 is about five times higher then what we saw for Internet Explorer 8 in the same time frame.

For Microsoft, IE9 is their latest browser to combat market share loss at the expense of Chrome and Firefox. If user reactions are anything to judge the future success of the platform on, it looks like Microsoft has produced a solid browser for the marketplace. Of...
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Microsoft said on Thursday that it has completed its Internet Explorer 9 Hotmail notifications feature.

The new functionality allows Internet Explorer 9 users to pin Hotmail and receive mail notifications. The icon updates to show the count of messages that have been delivered since you last accessed Hotmail, it then clears when you access your Hotmail Inbox. “We’ve been working on taking the next step and supporting notifications,” says Hotmail group program manager Dick Craddock. “We’re finishing the release of this feature today…when you’re signed into Hotmail and you’ve pinned it, we’ll show you a notification of how many new messages have arrived since you last checked your inbox.”

The feature is similar to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 tile which dynamically updates based on the number of unread emails. Internet Explorer 9 users can now keep Hotmail open and keep an eye on their IE9 notifications to see when new emails arrive.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 includes an enhanced UI, HTML5 support, hardware accelerated browsing and some great security improvements. Microsoft has included Tracking Protection in...
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Microsoft claims that its recently released browser, Internet Explorer 9, is the most energy efficient amongst its rivals.

The software giant has been measuring browser power consumption and has churned out some interesting results. “We measure power consumption across six scenarios. These scenarios cover both todays HTML4 based Web and the HTML5 based Web applications of tomorrow. We allow each scenario to run for 7 minutes and look at the average power consumption over that duration,” says Walter VonKoch, Internet Explorer performance program manager.

Microsoft tested IE9, Chrome 19, Firefox 4, Opera 11 and Safari 5 across the following usage scenarios:
1.Windows 7 without any browsers running (provides baseline)
2.Browsers navigated to about:blank (power consumption of the browser UI)
3.Loading one of the world’s most popular news Web sites (common HTML4 scenario)
4.Running the HTML5 Galactic experience (representative of graphical HTML5 scenario)
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Something extraordinary happened this month. Google released version 10 of its Chrome browser. Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9. And now, after an epic development cycle that included 12 betas, Mozilla has finally said “Ship it” for Firefox 4.

Three major releases from the three leading browser developers in the same month? That’s unheard of. It took more than 15 years for Internet Explorer to work its way through nine versions. Firefox, which used to be the agile upstart, has taken nearly two years to progress from version 3.5 and nearly three years from version 3.0. It took Google only a bit more than two years to ship Chrome 9 last month, and it was replaced by version 10 just a little over four weeks later.

That difference in tempo is fundamental to understanding how the computing world has changed. The idea of branded browsers as standalone pieces of software seems increasingly quaint. Google is setting a blistering pace and defining a world where a browser is simply a piece of plumbing that you refresh every few weeks (unless you think that’s just too slow and you want to download a new build every night).
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Admins can rest easy for a bit as it seems there was a bit of a miscommunication by Microsoft's IE team earlier this month. They advised then that IE9 would be pushed out to all users by March 21. As it turns out the software giant is staggering out the rollout of IE9 via Windows Update starting with beta and RC users first. Microsoft's Doug Neal had this to say on the matter:


We're working to correct this miscommunication.

To be clear, IE9 RTW released to AU/WU today for IE9 Beta and RC users only. Only AU/WU machines with IE9 Beta or RC will see this update -- and it will be un-selected by default. Which is why there's no broad communications yet (perhaps there should have been).

For machines not managed by WSUS, SMS, or SCCM, IE9 is not yet available since we don't release pre-release content (or, in this case, specifically targeted updates to a subset of machines) to WSUS.

I can't speak to future release dates, but I encourage all admins to deploy the IE9 Blocker Toolkit to unmanaged machines where they need to block the installation of IE9 for AppCompat or testing reasons.
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While Internet Explorer 9 was only released days ago, the internet is already speculating on the next version. Today, resources discovered in the final version of IE9 have shown Microsoft is already planning ahead, with references to Internet Explorer 10 hidden inside the browser.

Russian website TheVista.ru has uncovered a dialogue box that references IE10, and Windows8beta.com has managed to find an English language version of the message. It reads:


Internet Explorer 10 is now available

Get the most from the web. Upgrade from Internet Explorer 9 to Internet Explorer 10 for a fast, clean, and more trusted web browsing experience.

Microsoft appears to be using a placeholder image for the logo until the next version's logo has been decided. Other than that, the dialogue reveals very little else, but it does suggest that Microsoft is planning to give IE its own upgrade system separate from Windows Update.

Neowin has previously reported on rumours that IE10 will come bundled with Windows 8, and it looks like Microsoft has already mapped out a way to make transitions from IE9 to IE10 as painless as possible,...
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Microsoft is planning to push Internet Explorer 9 as an important Windows Update.

The software giant will distribute Internet Explorer 9 to existing beta and RC users on March 21. The update will also be offered as Important to Windows Update customers. Microsoft confirmed the plans in a Twitter message on Wednesday:

Microsoft’s head of Internet Explorer, Dean Hachamovitch, previously confirmed the company will also upgrade RC users to the final build. “We will automatically update IE9 beta users to the IE9 RC. After the final release, we will automatically update IE9 RC users to the final build,” said Hachamovitch. Microsoft said on Wednesday that Internet Explorer 9 RTW has been downloaded 2.35 million times in the first 24 hours of availability. Internet Explorer 9 was released to the web on Monday March 14 and has clocked up 27 downloads per second, over 250 downloads every 10 seconds.

Microsoft revealed earlier this month that users have downloaded 36 million copies of Internet Explorer 9 since its beta release in September. The software maker launched its final development milestone version of Internet Explorer 9 on February 10....
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Microsoft said on Wednesday that Internet Explorer 9 RTW has been downloaded 2.35 million times in the first 24 hours of availability.

Internet Explorer 9 was released to the web on Monday March 14 and has clocked up 27 downloads per second, over 250 downloads every 10 seconds. Microsoft’s Senior Director of Internet Explorer Business and Marketing, Ryan Gavin, announced the figures in a company blog post:


We want to thank everyone around the world for downloading IE9 and the enthusiastic reception. 2.3 million downloads in 24 hours is over double the 1 million downloads we saw of the IE9 Beta and four times that of the IE9 RC over the same time period.

Microsoft revealed earlier this month that users have downloaded 36 million copies of Internet Explorer 9 since its beta release in September. The software maker launched its final development milestone version of Internet Explorer 9 on February 10. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 includes an enhanced UI, HTML5 support, hardware accelerated browsing and some great security improvements. Microsoft has included Tracking Protection in Internet Explorer 9. The new privacy feature...
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Microsoft said on Monday that it will postpone the release of Internet Explorer 9 in Japan.

The company issued a press release on Monday stating that due to the recent earthquake, it will be postponing the Japanese release of Internet Explorer 9. Microsoft cites network bandwidth load and cutting back on company activities as the primary reasons. Microsoft states that this will not affect other versions of Internet Explorer 9, to be made available on March 14.

A powerful 9-magnitude earthquake and Tsunami devastated Northern Japan after striking the country on Friday afternoon. The aftermath and scenes of distribution are incredibly tragic. The toll of human life is still unknown whilst the country deals with strong aftershocks and a massive clean-up operation. International governments worldwide have pledged relief packages and their condolences. Microsoft is working with the Red Cross in Japan and other key local NGOs to assist the country’s relief efforts.
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Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 launch partners fired up their websites on Monday ahead of the public release of Internet Explorer 9 later today.

Microsoft has partnered with a variety of sites including UK National Rail, ESPN, BMW and Sky News. The sites are specially designed for Internet Explorer 9 users and take advantage of HTML5 in most cases. National Rail’s site offers a simple and animated way to check UK train times. Sky News’ site provides an animated 3D carousel of the world’s latest news. Microsoft’s launch partners demonstrate exactly what can be achieved with hardware accelerated browsing and HTML5.

Microsoft’s fast pace Internet Explorer 9 development has seen a number of changes from the beta version to RTW:
■Tabs will now be able to be placed in a separate row, providing more space for opened tabs
■Less important notifications will now be automatically dismissed, emphasizing higher priority notifications and ensuring the browser doesn’t get in the way
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Microsoft has signed-off on the final RTM build of Internet Explorer 9, WinRumors has learned.

The software giant finalized its golden RTM build of Internet Explorer 9 as 9.00.8112.16421.110308-0330, which is set to be made available on March 14.


Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 team is planning to host a party during the South by southwest (SXSW) music and film festival in Austin, Texas. The party will be held on March 14 and will include free drinks and music performances from Yeasayer, The Head and The Heart, and Fences. Microsoft has sent several invites for a“special press pre-event” to press and analysts over the past few weeks. A number of Internet Explorer 9 team members will participate in the launch and celebration party afterwards. Microsoft has been compiling near final escrow-RTM builds of Internet Explorer 9. The escrow builds marked the final stage of Internet Explorer 9′s development before the company finalized its RTM build this week.
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Microsoft confirmed on Wednesday that Internet Explorer 9 will launch on March 14.

If you’re a regular reader of WinRumors then you’ll already know that Microsoft is planning to launch Internet Explorer 9 on March 14. However, the software giant confirmed the exact time in a blog posting on Wednesday. “Exactly twelve months from the first Platform Preview of IE9, on Monday March 14th we will celebrate the developers and designers who are making a more beautiful web for all of us. We will release the final version of Internet Explorer 9 for download beginning at 9 p.m. Pacific,” wrote Ryan Gavin, Microsoft’s Senior Director of Internet Explorer Business and Marketing.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 team is planning to host a party during the South by southwest (SXSW) music and film festival in Austin, Texas. The party will be held on March 14 and will include free drinks and music performances from Yeasayer, The Head and The Heart, and Fences. Microsoft has sent several invites for a “special press pre-event” to press and analysts over the past few weeks. A number of Internet Explorer 9 team members will participate in the launch and...
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Microsoft unveiled Internet Explorer 9 mobile for Windows Phone 7 on Monday.

Speaking at Mobile World Congress, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled that Microsoft will ship Internet Explorer 9 mobile later this year. Microsoft says Internet Explorer 9 will offer “a dramatically enhanced mobile Web browser experience.”

Steve Ballmer introduced Internet Explorer 9 for Windows Phone and explained it will bring “complete with hardware acceleration to the Windows Phone.” Ballmer also talked up the fact Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 for Mobile is a “great example of brining assets together from across Microsoft to improve the Windows Phone experience.”

Joe Belfiore, who oversees Windows Phone Program Management, and is responsible for the design and software product definition of forthcoming generations of Windows phones demonstrated IE9 for Windows Phone. Belfiore showed off hardware acceleration of Internet Explorer 9 against Apple’s iPhone 4.
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Microsoft has begun to compile final versions of Internet Explorer 9, WinRumors has learned.

The software giant has started compiling RTM escrow versions of Internet Explorer 9. The escrow builds mark the final stage of Internet Explorer 9′s development. Microsoft’s latest Internet Explorer 9 escrow build is 9.0.8110.16409. Microsoft historically RTM’s products less than a month after they hit the RTM-escrow stage. Microsoft kicked off the RC-escrow stage of Internet Explorer 9 in early January before releasing a final RC version on February 10. The escrow stage means Microsoft is well on the way to releasing Internet Explorer 9 at the company’s MIX11 conference next month.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has previously hinted at Internet Explorer 9′s launch date. Speaking during a developers day at Microsoft Switzerland in mid-February, Ballmer revealed that Internet Explorer 9 would be available very soon. “There’s a lot of great things going on broadly, enhancements that we’ve made, not only in Windows but Internet Explorer 9 which will be available here in the next month or so.” Ballmer said Internet Explorer 9 is a “great piece of...
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Microsoft has just sent out media invites to an Internet Explorer 9 event on February 10th. The announcement will take place in San Francisco.
Earlier today, screen shots of IE 9 build number .6018 began surfacing on the web which indicates that someone outside of Microsoft now has a copy of that build. It was expected that an RC build was going to be released today, according to our good pal Tom Warren, but it not looks as if Microsoft is going to turn this launch into a major media event.
“Members from the Internet Explorer team (and some special guests) will be visiting San Francisco in two weeks to share some important news. I know it’s an extremely busy news week already, but we’re hoping you can join us.”
Microsoft is gearing up for the launch of IE 9 as it attempts to remain competitive in the browser marketplace. For Microsoft, IE 9 represents its latest attempt to remain the browser king while it fights off contenders Firefox, Chrome and a host of others. If Microsoft does not find a way to stop users from leaving the platform, its marketshare will continue to drop until it is no longer the market leader
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