For some good weekend reading, Mary Branscombe has a good story on the history of Internet Explorer. Branscombe got access to many former Microsoft executives who worked on Internet Explorer. While a few years back IE hit a low of under 50% it is beginning to gain marketshare again and is now nearing near 60%. IE11 remains highly competitive especially on touchscreen PCs. Joe Belfiore is now in charge of IE, but since IE7 the public face of the browser had been Dean Hachamovich. Steven Sinofsky and Hachamovich were good friends and Dean reported directly to Sinofsky for many years. They both played an important role in IE’s rehabilitation. Hachamovich went to work for Microsoft Research after Terry Myerson took over Windows. It is interesting to note that IE is also moving a lot faster; IE 10 arrived 18 months after IE 9, IE 11 came along after just a year and ...

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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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According to the latest numbers from Net Applications, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer IE11 tripled its market share from last month. IE11 grew 7.15 percentage points, up from 3.27 percent to 10.42 percent. This sudden growth is due to the automatic update process for IE10 users. IE10 is down 6.45 percentage points to 11.05 percent. Overall, Internet Explorer lost 0.45% (from 58.36 percent to 57.91 percent) while Google Chrome gained 0.78% (from 15.44 percent to 16.22 percent). It should be interesting to see the January numbers as it will represent the whole holiday sales numbers of Windows PCs which should show some growth for IE and Chromebook sales for Chrome browser. Source: Net Applications via: TNW ...

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Net Applications has released their monthly numbers for June, and their data shows IE10 has now officially surpassed IE9′s marketshare.  IE10 now commands 13.52% of browser marketshare and IE9 at 11.71%.  Just two months ago, IE9 had 15.39% and IE10 had 9.26%.  IE10 is only available on Windows 7 & Windows 8. IE11 was not counted in this month’s report, considering Windows 8.1 was just released a few days ago.  Microsoft confirmed IE11 will come to Windows 7,  but would not confirm the timeframe; sources close to Microsoft-news tell us it will be released early Q1 2014.   ...

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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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Microsoft today revealed their partnership with social video editing start-up, Vyclone. Vyclone’s mobile app allows users to co-create, sync, and edit multiple views of a single shared moment – like a sporting event, or birthday. Working with Microsoft, Vyclone has today released a new experience called Vyclone web editor using which users can now edit and share crowd sourced video to the web using just a browser and HTML5. With modern browser like Internet Explorer 10, Vyclone web editor even supports touch input. Does this sound familiar? You go to a concert and there is a sea of phones in the air, are as common as lighters once were. It’s human nature to want to capture the moment and share it with the world. But Vyclone takes that one step further. With Vyclone, users can access everyone else’s video to make their own director’s cut from the best views at the concert – instead of ...

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Few months back, Microsoft in partnership with Contre Jour creator Maksym (Max) Hryniv and Clarity Consulting ported the popular mobile game Contre Jour to the HTML5 web. Contre Jour worked great on Internet Explorer 10, thanks to its powerful hardware acceleration. Today, they are launching with 20 new levels to play on the web. The New Friend World is a sweet treat for players, featuring beautiful new sunset themed levels that provide a beautiful background to Petit’s love story just in time for Valentine’s Day. These levels are exclusive to the Web and introduce a brand new character to join Petit, named Amie.  Amie, French for “friend”, is a fluffy, vibrant and energetic partner-in-crime to Petit, and flies through the levels helping Petit on his journey to find his true love, The Rose. The new Moonlight World looks more similar to the other Contre Jour worlds, and showcases the power ...

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Microsoft’s Internet Explorer marketing team posted an ad that targets IE haters last month. That ad was focused on the IE haters who generally have a bad impression on IE however good it is. Now, IE pokes fun of itself saying that the sign of Mayans apocalypse is here because Internet Explorer 10 is actually good now. Will these kind of marketing change people’s minds? via: Gizmodo ...

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Microsoft has set itself up against the online advertising community by enabling Do Not Track by default in IE10, with companies like Yahoo threatening that they will not be respecting the flag, as it does not represent the expressed wishes of the users. It is however hard to think that any significant percentage of users do want to be tracked, with Softpedia reporting users were  absolutely delighted with Microsoft’s decision to keep DNT always on. “I am welcoming this advance in IE10 with great enthusiasm! Any collection of data without a person’s conscious consent should be considered an illegal breach of privacy and prosecutable by law!” said one user. Another said  “Here’s a thought: ask. Don’t collect. Ask. I will TELL you exactly what kind of ads I prefer if you give me the opportunity. I guarantee you that those metrics are going to be far more reliable than whatever ...

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In a new ad Microsoft has targeted the browser on the iPad specifically as a bad experience and promoted IE10 on a tablet as built for touch and being “pretty amazing”, offering a “fast and fluid experience”. Safari is in fact one of the worse parts of the iPad, crashing constantly, and I think it is a pretty valid attack target, which should resonate with those looking for a new tablet. Do our readers agree? Let us know below. Via Neowin.net ...

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Last month Microsoft announced that a preview version of Internet Explorer 1o is coming to Windows 7 in November. In an event held at China, Roger Capriotti, Director of Product Marketing for Internet Explorer announced that preview version of Internet Explorer 1o for Windows 7  will be available for download tomorrow. This will be a huge boost for Internet Explorer market share which is on a downward spiral for sometime. Also the new IE10 will be the default and only browser for Metro mode in WIndows 8. Source: iFanr via: Liveside ...

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IE10 is pretty fast, as was seen in the recent Sunspider results in Windows Phone 8. Now another independent analysis has found that the browser is not just fast in tests, but also in real life. New Relic found IE9 and IE10 had the “fastest browser response time on Windows, with IE10 showing a notable increase over IE9” while monitoring web loading times on thousands of websites. The video above also shows IE10 outperforming Chrome in RoboHornet ‘s micro-benchmark suite in the context of a real-world scenario. The day of IE being considered slow and insecure is now well and truly over. No wonder Google Chrome has been losing market share for 2 months in a row. IE10 ships with Windows 8, and is due to hit Windows 7 in November. Read more at Microsoft here. ...

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One of Microsoft’s biggest bulwarks against total Google Search domination is their deal with Yahoo, but this may be showing some cracks, as Yahoo has announced that they will be ignoring IE10’s default “Do not Track” setting, calling it “signal abuse”. "In principle, we support DNT," Yahoo said in an unattributed entry on its policy blog Friday. "[But] Microsoft unilaterally decided to turn on DNT in Internet Explorer 10 by default, rather than at users’ direction. It basically means that the DNT signal from IE10 doesn’t express user intent. We will not recognize IE10′s default DNT signal on Yahoo! properties at this time." Yahoo alluded to that on its blog, saying, "In our view, [IE10's on-by-default] degrades the experience for the majority of users and makes it hard to deliver on our value proposition to them." On Friday, Microsoft’s head counsel, Brad Smith, in a blog post defended Microsoft’s decision ...

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Microsoft today announced that IE10 for Windows 7 release preview will be released in mid-November. And the final availability will follow as Microsoft collects developer and customer feedback. IE10 on Windows 7 has the same standards based platform for developers to target as IE10 on Windows 8. We built an entirely new browser with Windows 8, with more performance and developer capabilities. IE10 brings improved real-world site performance and additional standards support to Windows 7 that Web developers have been asking for. We look forward to getting your feedback on IE10 on Windows 7, and will provide another update when the preview is available. At last, Microsoft has provided the info about the availability of IE10 on the most used OS in the world. Source: Microsoft ...

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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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Today Microsoft detailed the spell check feature in upcoming version of Internet Explorer that will come with Windows 8. It will feature both auto correction and spelling suggestions on any text box within the browser. IE10 has the first browser-based implementation of auto-correct. In some cases, a misspelled word is so common that it is better to just correct the word immediately, rather than wait for you to review the error later In the rare case that auto-correct changes something that you didn’t want changed, you can undo the change via CTRL+Z (Undo) using the keyboard, or bring up the auto-correction context menu using the mouse. In addition to using the mouse, the auto-correction menu can be activated via the keyboard by moving the insertion point inside of the word and pressing SHIFT+F10 (that key combo works to trigger any context menu). From the auto-correction menu you can also prevent ...

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