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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In a lengthy blog post today, released on a Friday evening in an effort to bury the story, Mozilla announced it was cancelling the Metro Firefox Project.  The company cited “low usage” and “limited resources.”  Having tried out the Metro browser a couple times it was a terrible & buggy piece of software.  Also not mentioned in the blog post was that the project was wildly off schedule, like clockwork every few months I would write about how the project had been delayed again and again.  I used the first beta of Windows 8 in 2011 we’re now almost quarter way through 2014.  Mozilla is clearly struggling to find its identity.  With their “limited resources” they seemed to manage to write an entire mobile operating system which has gained little traction as well.  Firefox is being overtaken by the popularity of Google Chrome, the very company the are dependent on their funding for.  ...

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Mozilla has finally released its beta version of Firefox for Windows 8 touch devices. Mozilla claims that this Firefox version is designed to ensure users get the best Firefox browsing experience possible on their Windows 8 tablets, touch-screen laptops and other compatible devices. It has a new tile-based Firefox start screen with one-tap access to Top Sites, Bookmarks, and History. It even includes the Awesome bar and support for swipe gestures such as ‘pinch to zoom’ and one-touch swipe transitions. Full, Snapped and Fill views: These options let you chose if you want to view an app full-screen, or ‘snapped’ to a narrow region of the screen (typically to the left of the screen like a sidebar), or if you’d like your app to ‘fill’ the remaining screen area not already occupied by an app in ‘snapped’ state. Visual Navigation: The big tiles on the start screen make browsing a ...

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Mozilla announced in early 2012 that they will be developing a Modern UI version of Firefox on Windows 8. After almost two years since the announcement, the product is now scheduled to be released to the general public in March 2014. Earlier it was planned to include this new modern version with the release of Firefox 27, but it is now delayed to release it with Firefox 28. Mozilla still feels that they are few bugs to be fixed before it can released to the general public. Currently, Internet Explorer is the only browser that Windows 8 ModernUI users can enjoy. And this situation will soon change with the release of Firefox for Modern UI. Are you looking forward to it? Source: Mozilla Wiki via: Neowin ...

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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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In an unsurprising move Mozilla has decided to delay the release of Metro Firefox to January 2014.  The company cited “slower than expected progress” as the primary reason. “The goal of the Metro Preview Release is to gather feedback and defects from the larger Aurora community,” Mozilla said in notes published on its website from a planning meeting last Wednesday. “Whether or not the Metro Preview Release will graduate from Aurora to Beta and Release channels is still to be determined. At a minimum, it should significantly increase the number of testers and feedback.”  “The decrease in average team velocity over the two previous iterations positions Metro for a Firefox 27 release on January 21, 2014,” the meeting notes stated. The release of Metro Firefox has already been delayed a number of times and has now been in development for over a year.  I suspect I’ll be writing a post ...

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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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The browser wars are back on and Microsoft has been making significant gains. Net Applications released their monthly report yesterday. Internet Explorer’s total marketshare is nearly 56% now and between April and May the browser gained 0.18 percentage points.  In the same time period Firefox has gained 0.33 percentage points to 20.63 percent.  Chrome has lost 0.61 percentage points and now only commands 15.74 of browser marketshare.  I am going to skip over Opera and Safari. With Microsoft pushing IE10 through Windows Update on Windows 7, IE10 marketshare has been surging.  IE10 has gained 3.24% while IE9 lost 2.78%.  I’m sure you’ll see a couple blogs with the headline “IE9 loses marketshare.” IE8 remains the world’s most popular browser on Windows XP with 22.99%, dipping .09 percentage points.  Windows XP users cannot upgrade past IE8, and really should upgrade their OS with XP nearing end of life.  IE10 is now ...

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Mozilla’s VP of business affairs and general counsel Harvey Anderson has blogged that Firefox lost millions of downloads because of the “browser choice” screen glitch for Windows users in Europe. He gave the following stats, Daily Firefox downloads decreased by 63% to a low of 20,000 just prior to the fix; After the fix, Firefox downloads increased 150% to approximately 50,000 per day; and Cumulatively 6 to 9 million Firefox browser downloads were lost during this period. Microsoft agreed to present the browser choice screen to Windows users as part of the deal with EC. A serious technical glitch made the browser choice screen not presented to users for no.of months. And even EC sent a statement of objections to Microsoft regarding this matter. While none of the OS providers present any browser choice screen, Should Microsoft alone do this in Windows? What do you think? Source: Lockshot via: ZDnet ...

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In a study of website and browser performance Strangeloop, a provider of web acceleration solutions to companies like eBay and Visa, has found that Microsoft’s latest greatest browser has finally taken the crown over their main rival, Google’s Chrome. In a test of loading the Alexa Retail 2000, the 2000 biggest commercial websites, they found IE10 loaded webpages fractionally faster than Firefox on first view, and 8% faster than Google Chrome 20. The result was also apparent when it came to re-visiting a page, when IE10 also edged out Google Chrome and Firefox. The study is good news for Windows 8 tablet users, where the browser will likely remain the default Metro browser, and for Windows Phone 8 users, where users do not have a choice regarding the default browser.  The study can be downloaded at Strangeloop here. ...

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Continuing the tradition from the last 3 years the IE team at sent the Firefox team a cupcake to celebrate shipping Firefox 7. The IE team first sent  Mozilla a cupcake in 2008 when Firefox 3 shipped, and then in March 2011 when Firefox 4 shipped. They repeated in June when Firefox 5 shipped and August when Firefox 6 shipped. Maybe the Firefox’s love for cupcakes is the real reason why they are shipping a new version every few months … Via Winrumors.com ...

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