Net Applications today released their latest worldwide browser market share stats for the month of August. Internet Explorer market share is now at 58.24%. Among the Internet Explorer versions, IE11 showed a modest growth by increasing to 17.45% from 16.78%. Internet Explorer 8 remains the most popular browser in the market with about 21.4% market share. Developer’s nightmare IE6 is continuing to lose market share and expect the number to go down in the coming months as Microsoft has ended the support for Windows XP in which it was the default browser. Among other browsers, Google Chrome gained little to grab 19.98% of the browser market while Firefox lost few percentage to now hold 15.16% of the market. ...

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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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Microsoft today detailed the August update for Internet Explorer that includes updates to the WebGL and F12 features, in addition to the latest security updates. This update is a great news for developers as it provides substantial improvements to the F12 developer tools – The user interface, console, DOM explorer, debugger, emulation tool, UI responsiveness and memory profiling tools all have new features and bug fixes. Microsoft will be providing more details on the F12 improvements in the future. In addition to this, Microsoft has updated the WebGL renderer has also been updated with support for ANGLE_instanced_arrays, OES_element_index_uint and WEBGL_debug_renderer_info extensions, the failIfMajorPerformanceCaveat context creation attribute, 16-bit textures, more GLSL conformance, and line loop and triangle fan primitives. As we already know, with the new out-of-date ActiveX control blocking, Internet Explorer helps keep ActiveX controls up-to-date and safer to use. Microsoft has also added support for WebDriver, The August update also provides ...

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Microsoft today shared some important information on migration resources, upgrade guidance, and details on support timelines to help you plan for moving to the latest Internet Explorer browser for your operating system. Microsoft wants customers to run latest browsers because they offer fastest, most secure experience on the latest Web sites and services, connecting anytime, anywhere, on any device. Also, developers can develop websites with modern standards instead of supporting old browsers. Microsoft today announced that beginning January 12, 2016, the following operating systems and browser version combinations will be supported: Windows Platform Internet Explorer Version Windows Vista SP2 Internet Explorer 9 Windows Server 2008 SP2 Internet Explorer 9 Windows 7 SP1 Internet Explorer 11 Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Internet Explorer 11 Windows 8.1 Internet Explorer 11 Windows Server 2012 Internet Explorer 10 Windows Server 2012 R2 Internet Explorer 11 After January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for ...

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Microsoft today announced that Internet Explorer will date ActiveX controls starting August 12th. Sincet automatically updated, malicious or compromised Web pages target security flaws in outdated controls to collect information, install dangerous software, or by even let someone else control your computer remotely. As per Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, Java exploits represented 84.6% to 98.5% of exploit kit-related detections each month in 2013. To help improve the security situation for users, Microsoft is delivering an update to Internet Explorer on August 12, 2014 will introduce a new security feature, called out-of-date ActiveX control blocking. Out-of-date ActiveX control blocking lets you: Know when Internet Explorer prevents a Web page from loading common, but outdated, ActiveX controls. Interact with other parts of the Web page that aren’t affected by the outdated control. Update the outdated control, so that it’s up-to-date and safer to use. Inventory the ActiveX controls your organization is using. The out-of-date ActiveX control blocking ...

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Microsoft today released a preview version of “Catan Anytime,” a new social version of the beloved board game “The Settlers of Catan,” is available for free. This is game is developed to promote Internet Explorer, so it works in any modern browser with best experience on IE. Catan Anytime game developed to be fast, fluid and designed for touch making it easy to play the game from mobile browser to your TV screen with IE on XBOX. Catan Anytime is a partnership with creators of Catan, Mayfair Games and Bontom Games. This preview release features the latest HTML5 web standards and real-time in-game social interaction. As part of the ongoing collaboration, we will be releasing the complete Catan ruleset: Development cards, Achievements, and Ports at GamesCon in August. This brings Catan Anytime to full parity in game rules with the board game.  We hope that the parity in rules, combined with the unique capabilities ...

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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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Net Applications today released their latest worldwide browser market share stats for the month of June. Internet Explorer market share is up 0.21%, from 58.17 percent to 58.38 percent. Among the Internet Explorer versions, IE11 showed a modest growth by increasing by 0.2% from 17.01 percent to 17.03 percent. Internet Explorer 8 remains the most popular browser in the market with about 20.89% market share. Developer’s nightmare IE6 is now at 3.55%, we expect the number to go down in the coming months as Microsoft has ended the support for Windows XP in which it was the default browser. Among other browsers, Google Chrome gained nearly 2% to grab 19.34% of the browser market while Firefox lost few percentage to now hold 15.54% of the market. ...

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This is a surprise move from Microsoft Devices division. They have made Opera Mobile browser as the default browser for their Nokia X series devices. Nokia X2 device which was announced today comes with Opera as the default web browser. The Opera browser is also available for free to download from Nokia Store. Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software commented the following on the deal, “Our companies have enjoyed a long history together, and this represents a huge step forward for both of the companies,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “We have worked closely with the Microsoft Devices Group on this project, to make sure the users of Nokia X affordable smartphones can have the best web browsing experience right out of the box.” Opera for Android is a full-fledged web browser for mobile devices that puts the user in the driver’s seat with powerful, yet easy to understand features. Opera ...

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Microsoft yesterday blogged about the password management features built into the latest Internet Explorer 11 browser across Windows devices. IE11 is now available for Windows RT tablets, Windows PCs and Windows Phone devices as well. As most of us depend on passwords as a form of authentication for logging into a variety of different services every day, it becomes a tedious job to manage them across devices and browsers. With Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft has done work to make signing into sites faster and more reliable as well as give users more control when saving credentials. In addition, IE11 will now roam credentials to IE11 on Windows Phone 8.1. They listed the following new features in IE11 related to password management, Reliable Login form detection: With IE11, we’ve beefed up our login form detection which means that IE will now prompt to remember passwords on over 90% of login forms ...

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TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington today received an e-mail from a social media company about a sponsored post program. The sponsored post should be for Internet Explorer browser and the mail was sent to him by the agency hired by Microsoft. The bloggers are required to write on the brand new Internet Explorer experience and the Rethink IE program. And you will be awarded with compensation and prizes. Even though sponsored posts are nothing new on the web, large companies like Microsoft generally avoid them. As soon as Microsoft came to know about this program by the vendor hired by them, they have suspended the program. Here is the statement from Microsoft, “This action by a vendor is not representative of the way Microsoft works with bloggers or other members of the media. The program has been suspended.” Source: Arrington ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are partnering with Japanese anime studio Production I.G to launch Gargantia: Sky Courier, a brand new game to showcase the power of modern web. As part of Microsoft’s Rethink Initiative, Sky Courier game works across all modern devices and browsers that support WebGL. The game is based on one of Japan’s top anime franchises, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. Fans will get never-before-seen footage, cut-scene story featuring Gargantia’s original voice actors, and three different “choose your own adventure” endings. You can play it for free in both Japanese and English worldwide. Even though the game is open for everyone to enjoy, it is focused on developers.This game is built using Turbulenz open source 3D game engine. And Microsoft is releasing the source code of a packaged version of the Sky Courier game so that developers can build your own version of the game. The Turbulenz ...

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Microsoft has constantly improved Internet Explorer in a rapid pace in the past few years. IE11 is the most standard complaint, faster and more secure IE ever. But the real problem is that two-thirds of all desktop computers are still using older, less secure browsers. To improve this situation, Microsoft is enabling automatic updating ensures that users will always be up-to-date. Also, Microsoft today detailed the security improvements made over the years in IE in the infographic above. Every version of Internet Explorer includes new and improved security protection, building on improvements from the previous version. Below are just a few of the security features added by each major version of Internet Explorer since 2001. These security features and improvements are augmented with updates such as the ones being released this month, to make socially-engineered attacks and browser exploits more difficult on modern versions of Internet Explorer. According to NSS Labs, for ...

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Microsoft has released few marketing videos to promote Internet Explorer browser. These videos highlight various Internet Explorer features such as Reading view, full screen browsing, multi-tasking support and more. Watch them below. Breakfast Table: Reading View on Internet Explorer- making ads and clutter a thing of the past. Calm: Remove the clutter and enjoy the web in full screen with Internet Explorer. The browser perfect for touch Trivia Night: Don’t be slowed down by navigation buttons. Get the answers faster with Flip Ahead on Internet Explorer. The browser perfect for touch. Sick Day: Accomplish more with side by side browsing on Internet Explorer. The browser perfect for touch. Learn how Internet Explorer is pushing the web forward: http://bit.ly/1fZYvKB ...

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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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Microsoft today announced that they are partnering with ESPN to bring the ESPN FC World Cup Essentials sports hub to the web. This website ESPN FC World Cup Essentials will help fans keep them informed and in top form for the 2014 World Cup. The site was built using latest web technologies such as WebGL, CSS3 animations, transitions and 3D transforms, and has fast, fluid touch navigation along with responsive web design to auto-fit any device you have. Circle the 3D globe to swipe through the best of the past to relive your favorite moments in sporting history. Go back to the inaugural 1930 games in Uruguay or relive Spain’s victory from Johannesburg four years ago. Want to show your team pride? Learn chants and traditions with fun fan videos, so you can show your passion during the match. Swipe to browse real-time sports news and social media updates from ESPN – ...

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