Pointer events is a new standard which Microsoft initiated at first and later developed by the W3C to define a unified device input model – pen, mouse and touch – across multiple browsers. Pointer Events makes it easier to support a variety of browsers and devices by saving Web developers from writing unique code for each input type. To demonstrate cross browser interoperability for Pointer Events, Microsoft contributed patches to Blink and Mozilla browser engines, and developed interoperability prototypes, including a Pointer Events prototype for WebKit. Also, Pointer Events was well received by the web community. Last week, Chrome team posted that they are planning to drop Pointer Events support in Chrome citing the following reasons. Issue 162757 Very briefly, pointer events has 3 main drawbacks relative to the alternative: 1) Mobile-first web: Pointer events would likely never supplant touch events on the web (especially without support from Safari). Since touch events are here to stay, supporting ...

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Last month, Google released 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows for the first time. The two brand new 64-bit Dev and Canary channels for Windows 7 and 8 users, giving a faster and more secure browsing experience. It includes several improvements in speed, security and stability: Speed: 64-bit allows us to take advantage of the latest processor and compiler optimizations, a more modern instruction set, and a calling convention that allows more function parameters to be passed quickly by registers. As a result, speed is improved, especially in graphics and multimedia content, where we see an average 25% improvement in performance. Security: With Chrome able to take advantage of the latest OS features such as High Entropy ASLR on Windows 8, security is improved on 64-bit platforms as well. Those extra bits also help us better defend against exploitation techniques such as JIT spraying, and improve the effectiveness of our existing security defense ...

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Microsoft today announced that Google Chrome users can now enjoy Bing Search box on Chrome new tab pages. When you are using Chrome with default search engine set to Bing, you will get quick access to the Bing search box (and associated Page Zero features) as well as the frequently used sites you’re used to in the new Tab page. How to enable this feature? To enable this, go to Chrome’s Settings, and set your search engine to Bing (under “Search”), or follow the steps on this page. People who already have Bing selected will see this automatically after upgrading their browser to the latest version of Chrome. Source: Microsoft ...

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Yesterday, we reported a potential bug Google Chrome that will cause poor battery life on Windows laptop during web browsing. There is a potential bug in Google Chrome that drains your battery life and even may cause performance degrade. The bug is related to “system clock tick rate” in Google Chrome. System clock rate determines the active state of the processor, usually it would be 15.625ms when Windows is in idle mode. What Google Chrome does is that it sets the clock rate to 1.000ms making the processor waking up more than the usual. System clock rates of 1.000ms might increase power consumption by “as much as 25 per cent”. So, how does Internet Explorer handle the same issue? When you are doing regular web browsing, IE11 sets it to 15.625ms, but when you play YouTube video, it reduces it to 1.000ms for better performance. After 2 years, Google has ...

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Google Chrome team today announced the availability of Chrome 37 beta channel. With Chrome 37.0.2062.20 for Windows, Google is bringing the much awaited DirectWrite support on Windows, a new password manager UI and more. They also announced that Chrome 64-bit for Windows will be coming to the beta channel shortly. This release contains many stability and developer improvements including: DirectWrite support on Windows A new password manager UI Automatic reload of unreachable pages when network becomes available Dropped Chrome sign-in requirement for Chrome Apps A number of new apps/extension APIs Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance Do you want to switch to beta release channels? Find out how. ...

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Google today released 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows users. The two brand new 64-bit Dev and Canary channels for Windows 7 and 8 users, giving a faster and more secure browsing experience. It includes several improvements in speed, security and stability: Speed: 64-bit allows us to take advantage of the latest processor and compiler optimizations, a more modern instruction set, and a calling convention that allows more function parameters to be passed quickly by registers. As a result, speed is improved, especially in graphics and multimedia content, where we see an average 25% improvement in performance. Security: With Chrome able to take advantage of the latest OS features such as High Entropy ASLR on Windows 8, security is improved on 64-bit platforms as well. Those extra bits also help us better defend against exploitation techniques such as JIT spraying, and improve the effectiveness of our existing security defense features like heap partitioning. ...

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Net Applications today released their latest data on worldwide web browser market share. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser lost 0.23 percentage points (from 58.19 percent to 57.96) market share worldwide. In January, Internet Explorer 11 passed Internet Explorer 10 to become the second most used IE version. In March, IE11 continued to show its strong growth with an additional 2.91%, up from 12.80 percent to 15.71 percent. Internet Explorer 8, which is the default browser in Windows 7 now holds about 21.14% of market share. Starting with IE9, Internet Explorer team at Microsoft is delivering solid releases with significant improvements in speed, reliability and more which has resulted in improved customer usage. I expect IE to gain more market share in the coming weeks. Google Chrome had over 17.52% and Firefox over 17.26% web browser market share in February. via: TNW ...

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Over $400,000 has already been given away at the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest where the world’s most popular browsers are exploited for cash prizes.  An item which has been getting very little media attention is a $150,000 prize for exploiting Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 11 running on 64-bit Windows 8.1, with the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) turned on is still unclaimed. On the other hand, Google Chrome has been exploited twice, and a handful of exploits for Mozilla Firefox were also shown off.  Internet Explorer was successfully exploited once without EMET turned on. Source: @jmanici ...

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According to latest data from NetApplications, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser continues to gain market share worldwide. In January, Internet Explorer gained 0.30% up from 57.91 percent to 58.21 percent. Internet Explorer 11 has also passed Internet Explorer 10 to become the second most used IE version. Internet Explorer 8, which is the default browser in Windows 7 now holds about 21.25% of market share. Starting with IE9, Internet Explorer team at Microsoft is delivering solid releases with significant improvements in speed, reliability and more which has resulted in improved customer usage. I expect IE to gain more market share in the coming weeks. Google Chrome had over 16% and Firefox over 18% web browser market share in January. via: TNW ...

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Have you ever had a bad dream of someone eavesdropping your private conversations through your browser? Yes, it may happen to be true if you are a victim of a Google Chrome bug. By taking advantage of this bug in Google Chrome, malicious sites can activate your mic on your device, and listen in on anything said around your device, even after you’ve closed those sites. Yes, Google was made aware of this bug and they have not fixed it yet. Here is how it works, A user visits a site, that uses speech recognition to offer some cool new functionality. The site asks the user for permission to use his mic, the user accepts, and can now control the site with his voice. Chrome shows a clear indication in the browser that speech recognition is on, and once the user turns it off, or leaves that site, Chrome stops listening. So ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of v6.13 of Skype for Windows desktop. This updated version fixes the issue which caused high CPU usage when Skype for Windows desktop is running with Chrome as your default browser. Also Skype team has fixed few other bugs including enhanced stability during both group video call and in High DPI mode. Skype Desktop features the following, Calling: Stay in touch. Make free Skype to Skype calls or call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates. Video: Seeing is believing. Catch up face to face or get a whole group together on a video call. Messaging: At your fingertips. You’re always in the loop with instant messaging, voice messaging and sending texts. Sharing: Share your world. Send photos, videos and files of any size. Get that secret recipe off grandma in seconds. Download Skype for Windows desktop 6.13 for free. Source: Skype ...

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  Google today announced the release of Chrome 32 web browser for Windows devices. This stable release will include some neat features such as tracking down noisy tags, safe browsing feature, etc,. One of the most important changes is the inclusion of Chrome OS interface within Windows 8 Metro mode. In full screen mode, the whole UX will be like Chrome OS with support for multiple windows, app launchers and more. You can now track down noisy tabs: You can now visually scan your tabs for a speaker icon to quickly find the ones singing in the background. You’ll also be able to see which tabs are currently using your webcam or are being cast to your TV. Safe Browsing’s malware warning has gotten stronger: If you see this message in the download tray at the bottom of your screen, you can click “Dismiss” knowing that Chrome is working to ...

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The latest numbers from Net Applications show IE11 making big gains in the last month.  IE11 was released concurrently with Windows 8.1, but was not released on Windows 7 until early November.  IE11 gained 1.78  percentage points in November, moving from 1.49 percent to 3.27 percent.   IE10′s market share declined 1.44% to 17.50% largely due to users upgrading to IE11.  IE9 market share continued to slip to 0.24 percentage points to 9.25 percent.  IE8 continues to be the most popular browser with 21.74% market share, slipping 0.2% from last month.   Windows XP users cannot upgrade beyond IE8, I suspect IE8 will see a dramatic decline after WinXP hits end of life in 2014.  IE7 gained 0.03% to 1.34% overall, and IE6 lost 0.1% to 4.92% overall.  To summarize: IE11 – 3.27% IE10 – 17.5% IE9 – 9.25% IE8 – 21.76% IE7 – 1.34% IE6 – 4.92% Overall IE now controls ...

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Google today announced that they are extending the support for Chrome browser on Windows XP till April 2015. Microsoft is ending the support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014 which means that it will no longer receive updates and security patches. Since unpatched browser bugs are often used by malware to infect computers, Google is extending support for Chrome on Windows XP, and will continue to provide regular updates and security patches until at least April 2015. We recognize that hundreds of millions of users, including a good chunk of current Chrome users, still rely on XP. Moreover, many organizations still run dozens or even hundreds of applications on XP and may have trouble migrating. Our goal is to support Chrome for XP users during this transition process. Most importantly, Chrome on XP will still be automatically updated with the latest security fixes to protect against malware and phishing attacks. If ...

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If you look at the above image, you may think it is a screenshot of Google’s Chrome OS. But the truth is, it is the new Google Chrome Web Browser for Windows 8 devices. Google has released an update for Chrome browser in the dev channel which brings the above UI. When you launch Chrome in Windows 8 mode, you will be presented with the above UI. You will have Chrome OS like task bar with pinned apps, app list button, time, etc. Also you have Window management within this UI, you have close, minimize, maximize button as well. You can open two three windows and place then side by side if you want. Essentially, Google is trying to mimic Chrome OS inside Windows 8. Should Microsoft delist Chrome from Windows Store? What do you think? Source: Google Chrome ...

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Yesterday interns from the IE team took to the road to bring free treats to the developers of San Francisco. With help from the great team at Kara’s Cupcakes, the interns drove through the city, handing out free cupcakes and spreading the word that with the free tools available at modern.IE. The idea being developing for IE is now a piece of cake. The interns held discussions with developers about the challenges that developers face in building for the modern web and how modern.IE can help. There was a lot of developer enthusiasm for the new F12 developer tools in IE11. The interns even visited Mozilla and Google. There could be more #CakeOut visits to come from the IE team in the future. Source: Exploring IE ...

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