Posts Tagged ‘ie’

Microsoft Questions Firefox’s Security

January 19, 2010

Microsoft seems to be having a hard time lately, with government bodies in both France and Germany now having advised their relative web-based populations against the use the company’s web browser, Internet Explorer.

The criticisms of Internet Explorer from both France and Germany seem to stem from the revelation that a vulnerability in Internet Explorer was used during last week’s Chinese attack on Google, revealed during security firm McAfee’s investigation of the attack. Initially, Microsoft had responded to the criticism by pointing out that the security issue is easily solved by users changing their security settings to “High,” which should see them protected from the exploit in question.



German Government Condemns Internet Explorer

January 18, 2010

The German government has warned against its web-browsing population using Internet Explorer, for security reasons.

According to the BBC, the warning comes from the Federal Office for Information Security. Microsoft has responded to the statement, pointing out that the risk to general users is actually quite slim, recommending that users, once again, enable the “high” security option that Internet Explorer offers. Still, with the warning having been issued the likelihood is that there are plenty of Germans on the lookout for a new browser.


Internet Explorer Exploited in China Hack

January 15, 2010

It seems that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser was one of the platforms exploited during the by now infamous attack on Google and a number of other companies doing business in China.

It’s certainly an interesting case, but it would be a touch unfair to say that Microsoft’s software is to blame for the attack. Indeed, it seems that Microsoft itself has been fairly quick to admit that a portion of the attacks came from IE, but even that admission points out that its browser was only one part of a complicated attack.


IE Users More Likely to Click Ads

December 11, 2009

It seems as though users of Microsoft’s web browser, Internet Explorer, are significantly more likely to click on ads than users of pretty much any other browser you could care to name.

Word comes via TechCrunch of a study undertaken by Chikita, which analysed results from a series of different browsers and operating systems. The fairly interesting result is that users who browse the web from Internet Explorer are, on average, around 40% more likely to click on advertisements than Firefox users, and that gap only gets wider when it comes to Safari and Chrome users who seem far less likely altogether to click on ads.


Microsoft Browser Ballot Nearing Approval

December 8, 2009

Microsoft’s revised plan for a “browser ballot” to allow Windows users to choose which application they’d like to use when browsing the web, rather than simply bundling Internet Explorer, is close to being approved by the European Commission.

According to The Register, Microsoft’s latest changes to the browser ballot screen have been well received – so well, in fact, that it seems the company is soon to receive approval from the European Commission, meaning that they’re fast approaching the browser ballot we’ll actually see in the real world. Of course, not everyone has been best pleased by the manner in which Microsoft’s browser ballot option handles their browsers, with Opera and Mozilla chief among the dissenters.


Microsoft Debuts Internet Explorer 9

November 19, 2009

Microsoft has been showing off its upcoming refresh of its browser, Internet Explorer 9, and it’s starting to look like the company is angling to be something more than a default choice in the browser market.

Until now, we’ve seen relatively little of Internet Explorer 9, but the feature list is certainly dressed to impress, with Microsoft taking the time to talk up even some of the things that should make the whole browsing experience a little easier to handle, including hardware accelerated text and graphics. According to the folks at Cnet, this means that we can expect to see some significantly smoother browser behaviour even on sites that would normally chug a bit.


Firefox 3.6 to Release Before 2010

November 5, 2009

Mozilla has confirmed that the official release of it’s upcoming update to its Firefox web browser (which will bring the software to version 3.6) will hit before the end of the year.


Many had been concerned about the almost two month delay of the browser’s release when it slid from the beginning of September without, any official word on when it’d appear, before eventually showing up in late October. Still, Mozilla seems both optimistic and determined to have its latest browser update completed in time for the end of the year.


Windows 7 Browser Ballot Good to Go

October 8, 2009

Microsoft has been given the go ahead by the European Commission on its proposed Windows 7 “browser ballot” to present users with options of different browsers in the EU.

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With the October 22nd launch of Windows 7 fast approaching, TechRadar is reporting that Microsoft’s proposal to present users with a list of browsers to choose from (rather than simply bundling Internet Explorer 8 with Windows 7 in Europe) has been approved. Essentially, this plan sees users presented with a choice of the five most popular browsers when they first connect, meaning that they’re given a choice, rather than using IE by default.


Mozilla Displeased With Browser Ballot

August 24, 2009

The Mozilla Coporation, the folks behind the fine Firefox Browser, is making it known that it’s not too pleased with the suggestion of a “ballot” option to allow users to choose their browser of choice in Windows 7.


While most had originally been in favour of the browser ballot option, it’s now been revealed that that positive feeling most certainly is not universal. Specifically, the Mozilla Foundation’s chair, Mitchell Baker, has had some choice words to say about Microsoft’s proposed ballot, not least of which the fact that,

“IE appears to retain other privileged positions in the user interface, depending on the exact windows[sic] operating system configuration one uses. The most important of these is probably in the taskbar of Windows 7, which contains IE prominently. Microsoft has described the taskbar as the ‘beachfront property of the Windows OS’ – it’s next to the start menu and you see it even when your desktop is covered with all your program windows.”


Google Chrome Gets 30% Speed Boost

August 6, 2009

Google Chrome has been updated with a new beta that underlines Google’s emphasis on being a lightweight but incredibly fast browser. This new release is 30% faster than the current stable release.


While a 30% speed boost alone would have made for a fine update, it seems as though Google is content to rest on things like “marked improvements” and has decided that now would be a fine time to debut some new options for Chrome’s New Tab page. As the Chrome Blog update itself says,