Office Online is a free version of select Office applications offered by Microsoft. Microsoft recently rebranded the product, it was previously called Office Web Apps. Office Online competes primarily with Google Docs. Later today Chrome users will be able add Word Online, PowerPoint Online and OneNote Online to the Chrome App launcher to create new Office documents online with a single click from your desktop.  Excel Online will be coming to the web store shortly. The “app” in the Chrome Web Store is simply a link to that redirects a user to the Office Online website. Microsoft is embarking on the strategy of making Office available on all platforms. Office for iPad was recently released and the Redmond software giant announced that it would also be coming to Android tablets in the near future. A demo of a touch version of Office for Windows 8 was shown at the 2014 Build ...

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Pwn2Own 2014 hacking contest is going on. Yesterday was the first day of Pwn2Own 2014 and it saw successful attempts by five entrants against five products, with payouts of $400,000 to researchers in the main competition and $82,500 to charity in the Pwn4Fun sponsors-only event. Team VUPEN successfully presented a vulnerability against Microsoft Internet Explorer, a use-after-free causing object confusion in the broker, resulting in sandbox bypass. It was disclosed to Microsoft and Microsoft will be working on the fix. Today, the following team will be trying to hack Microsoft’s IE. Jung Hoon Lee of ASRT – Microsoft Internet Explorer Sebastian Apelt and Andreas Schmidt – Microsoft Internet Explorer Other Mozilla Firefox, Apple Mac OS X, Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader are some of the other products in which researchers revealed many security exploits. Apple Safari and Google Chrome will be attempted today at the second day of the event. ...

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NetApplications released their latest data on worldwide web browser market share. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser lost 0.02 percentage points (from 58.21 percent to 58.19 percent) market share worldwide. IN January, Internet Explorer 11 passed Internet Explorer 10 to become the second most used IE version. In Feb, IE11 continued to show its strong growth with an additional 1.29%, up from 11.51% to 12.80%. Internet Explorer 8, which is the default browser in Windows 7 now holds about 21.73% 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 17% web browser market share in February. via: TNW ...

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According to Netmarketshare’s numbers, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser gained market share in August hitting a two-year high of 57.6 percent. Google Chrome lost the most among the major browsers which saw its usage drop from 17.76 percent to 16 percent. I was surprised by the numbers when I saw it first, then came to know that Netmarketshare changed the way they measure their numbers this month. Ed Bott from ZDNet summarized it as follows, Net Applications recently changed its formula for measuring usage. In an undated note labeled “Important methodology change,” the company explains: This month we start deducting hidden pages from our usage share statistics. Hidden pages are pages that are rendered but never viewed by the user, therefore, they should not be included in usage share data. An example of a hidden page is a page that loads in a background tab upon the launch of the browser ...

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NSS Labs, a independent security research and testing organization has released its 2013 Browser Security Comparative Analysis.  The analysis shows that IE10 blocks more socially-engineered malware than any other browser.  Technologies built into IE10 such as SmartScreen and Application Reputation are partially responsible for IE10′s effectiveness against malware.  Independent research now shows that IE10 black 99% of malware and has fewer vulnerabilities than any other browser on Windows. IE10 uses multiple levels of protection to deliver the most secure browser to users: Protection from socially-engineered attacks By imitating or compromising trusted web sites, malware authors try to trick users into sharing personal information or downloading and executing malicious software.  To help protect users from these socially-engineered attacks, Microsoft uses a combination of URL filtering and application reputation.  SmartScreen URL filtering and Application Reputation provide the best protection available against malware attacks. Protection from attacks on web sites Even “good” web ...

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It seems the browser mark has been reset a year, with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer hitting its highest market share since August 2011, and Google Chrome its lowest since October 2011. As the graph above shows, the last 3 months have been particularly good for Microsoft and bad for Google, with IE gaining month on month for the last 3 months in a row, while Google’s Chrome’s market share slipped by 1.3% over the same period. The news does suggest that Microsoft’s efforts to improve Internet Explorer, especially with IE9 and now IE10, is bearing fruits, something which has not been clear given the intense competition from Google Chrome, which was previously one of the fastest growing browsers. Google’s Chrome however appears to be losing favour with many. The browser has been experiencing intense stability problems recently, related mainly to Flash-heavy websites. Firefox has in fact re-established itself as the alternative ...

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Following the release of Internet Explorer 10, Mozilla has finally sent Microsoft a celebratory cake, following on from the ‘one-way tradition’ of sending a cake to the one-another when a new version of a browser is released- which of course Microsoft only seemed to follow.  It even got to a point where Mozilla started updating their browser more frequently, resulting in Microsoft sending cupcakes rather than full cakes presumably from an excess of care for the Mozilla team’s health.  Both Mozilla and Internet Explorer are currently fighting a battle for market share against Google’s Chrome, with the Google browser recently claimed to have overtaken Internet Explorer’s recent market share.  With Google silently upgrading its browser in the background, we assume neither party will be sending them any confectionary soon.  Below you can see a sample of the many cakes made by the bakers at Microsoft: Read more at: pcmag.com ...

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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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