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 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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The latest Xbox 360 Dashboard update, which has been in beta for some time, is now rolling out to console owners. The star feature of the update is the arrival of IE9 on Xbox 360.  This enables users to browse the web from the couch, controlling the experience using Xbox Smart Glass from their favourite smartphone or tablet.  This app is expected to hit the market on the 26th, with the release of Windows 8 also. Unfortunately one needs an Xbox Live Gold member ship to gain access to the browser, a negative for those who mainly use the Xbox 360 as a media device. The full feature list for the update include: Refreshed Xbox 360 Dashboard. We’ve updated the UI with a few things, including an updated layout with more tiles, a combined TV & Movies channel and, in the US, a Sports destination. Internet Explorer for Xbox. With ...

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Today Microsoft and Last.fm announced a new music discovery portal which was built upon HTML5 technologies. The new portal runs silky smooth on IE9 and it will run on other HTML5 supported browsers as well. This portal will be loved by Music lovers. The UI is a green and hilly virtual land (Teletubbies-esque but with more edge) where the you can zoom in and out and easily travel between different hills representing artists, genres and the like. Once a radio station is chosen the control options appear on a bar along the bottom, along with a handy mixtape maker. This playlist option is also saved when you close the browser. When running on IE9 and using a Windows 7 machine it is possible to turn the webpage and browser into an app-like experience, complete with themed browser buttons and extra commands when the site is pinned to the taskbar. It’s also possible ...

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The growth of Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 continues worldwide on Windows 7. IE9 usage share on Windows 7 worldwide is now higher than all versions of Chrome and all versions of Firefox – second only to IE8. Even in US, the growth of IE9 is great. This is a great news for web developers who can develop more standard supported rich web applications. You can download IE9 at beautyoftheweb.com via: Windows Team Blog   ...

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Microsoft today launched a new website aimed at protecting customers from web browser security by providing them information on their current browser’s security level. The website also provides information on malware and how your browser can protect from you from it. The website which is designed on Metro Design language is easy to use and pretty useful as well. I got the above score when I visited the website using Google Chrome 13 and I even tested it with IE8 which scored 1 and IE9 topped the results with 4 points. Try it out at http://www.yourbrowsermatters.org via: winrumors ...

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Microsoft released the first update for Internet Explorer 9 yesterday. The June 2011 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer is now available via Windows Update. This security update resolves seven vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer that were disclosed in coordination with Microsoft. Microsoft have also updated their version no. to 9.0.1 as shown in the about box above. Happy Safe Browsing.. ...

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One of the innovations Microsoft added to IE9 is support for notifications in websites pinned to the task bar. Facebook and Ebay already supports this, and now finally one of Microsoft’s highest profile properties, Hotmail, is also getting support for this feature. To get desktop notifications for new email on your taskbar without installing any additional software one simply need to sign in to Hotmail in IE9, go to your Inbox and drag the Hotmail tab from the address bar in IE down to the taskbar, and drop it there. The Jump List on the Pinned site of course also gives quick and easy access to shortcuts for composing a new email, your calendar and contacts. Windows Live Hotmail is the world’s largest web-based email service with nearly 364 million users, far ahead of rivals Yahoo! Mail (280 million) and Gmail (191 million). Read more about IE9 and Hotmail together ...

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Microsoft is always looking for showcases for their new Pinned Site technology in IE9.  Facebook is already a pretty good example, providing notifications for example, and now Groupon has also signed up, providing a great experience for deal seekers. In the promotion the first 100,000 IE9 users who pin the Groupon site to their task bar will get 5 Groupon Bucks which can be redeemed on the site.  Winners will be notified by a banner on the site. Read more about this promotion at the Windows Team Blog here. ...

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Tomorrow at SXSW,Internet Explorer is going to hit the version 9. One of the main features of this version is the full hardware acceleration. So I decided to compare hardware acceleration and Javascript 3D performance of both IE9 and Chrome 11. The IE9 scores over Chrome both in frame rate and no.of polygons by huge margin consistently. The site runs super smooth and fast in IE9 whereas its choppy in Chrome. Another main factor according to me is the CPU resource usage. Though the CPU usage seems to be same in the above video, the CPU usage by IE9 is much more less, I mean by almost half of the Google Chrome usage. You can try it out by yourself to see how both both browsers perform. The site I used for testing is http://www.visitnmc.com/. ...

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Microsoft has today launched a new website to educate, promote users,admins to move out of Internet Explorer 6. Internet Explorer 6, which is a 10 year old browser is hindering the growth of web development because of its nature. From Windows Team Blog, “Now that it’s 2011, IE6 is officially a ten-year old browser. According to Net Applications, IE6 still has 12% share worldwide. Our goal is to get this share under 1% worldwide. Why 1%? We realize that there might not a magic number for when web developers and IT pros can drop support for older browsers, but we believe that 1% will allow more sites and IT pros worldwide to make IE6 a low-priority browser – meaning you don’t have to invest as much time in updates or fixes. We recognize that IE6 usage varies depending on where you live, so ie6countdown.com includes the details of IE6 share ...

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IE9 just went RC a few weeks ago, but now MSDNIndia has tweeted that the updated, browser-accelerated, HTML5 supporting and most standard-compliant browser from Microsoft ever is set to be launched at Tech.Ed India on the 24th March 2011. The RC has been downloaded more than 36 million times so far. Of course it is not clear if this event will just celebrate the RC or the launch of the final version, but given how polished the software is already we expect the final build will not be long in coming. Microsoft Tech·Ed India 2011, a 3 day event, will be held at Bangalore between March 23 – 25, 2011. Via  www.thewindowsclub.com ...

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