Author Archive: Vygantas
Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.
And this time it’s official.
Great news for everyone who has been rocking the Windows 10 Preview as today’s Fast ring build 10049 finally includes the browser you’ve been waiting for: Project Spartan.
Due to previous leaks, there’s very little excitement as all features have been revealed already, such as: reading list, Cortana integration and new UI.
Low end notebooks are coming back.
Thanks to the competition from Google, it looks like those looking for a super affordable laptop will soon have another choice: a $149 Windows 10 notebook.
According to Digitimes, Microsoft is working with OEM’s to launch two 11.6 inch products, one laptop for education, which should net for around $179 (made by Elitegroup Computer Systems) while another one is aimed towards regular consumer and should cost around $149 (made by 3 Nod). Report also states that botch machines will be powered by Intel’s Bay Trail-T platform.
More open than ever.
Adobe, a company that has created one of the most brilliant (Photoshop) and currently one of the most hated (Adobe Flash) pieces of software, has announced a partnership with Microsoft, where they will contribute to Spartan’s code base.
If you didn’t know, Adobe is actually one of the major contributors to WebKit, Blink and Gecko engines, so this partnership is a welcome step in the right direction.
Appears to be incompatible with a lot of modern web pages.
From what sounds like an awesome update to all the Windows Phone users out there, it turned out to be quite a disappointment, at least for some of us.
A total of $442,000 paid in bounties to all contestants.
Well, it seems like no one was safe in this year’s Pwn2Own hacking competition as all 4 major web browsers have failed to protect the users.
The star of this contest however was Jung Hoon Lee (lokihardt) who has managed to reap $225,000 in rewards, breaking through Chrome’s security with a buffer overflow (which earned him $110,000) and then exploiting Microsoft’s Internet Explorer ($65,000 in rewards), followed by Apple’s Safari ($50,000 in rewards).
That should be enough to improve his life for good.
Now here’s something that should definitely concern you. According to the recent report, there is a way to reveal typed in passwords in the Internet Explorer 11 (on Windows Phone 8).
All you have to do is:
- Enable Cortana if not yet enabled
- Type the password
- Highlight the password (we’re talking about ******) and then hit the search button
- Congratulations, you are now seeing a supposedly hidden password
How? There is a leak.
Well, here’s an interesting plot twist to kickstart your Monday. While the most recent Windows 10 Preview (Build 10041) still came with the old and rusty Internet Explorer, it looks like someone has managed to leak a slightly older Windows 10 Preview (Build 10014) and guess what? It comes with Project Spartan!
While some might be tempted to download and play with the mentioned version, please be warned that it’s rather buggy and unstable.
What happens when you keep delaying the release of Project Spartan? More uncontrolled leaks, of course; and thanks to the most recent one, the (almost) full picture of Microsoft’s upcoming web browser has been revealed. Here’s a recap:
Project Spartan includes two reading features, reading list and a reading mode. The first one allows you to save content for later access (will sync with Windows Phone 10) while reading mode works is what is currently available on IE11 / Windows Phone 8.1, basically it will remove ads and any other irrelevant content when activated.
I swear we wrote this before.
If you’ve been following Project Spartan news then it should be a pretty common knowledge by now that Microsoft promised to include its new web browser in the “next” Windows 10 build (which was released yesterday). Unfortunately, it did not happen.
Now, it looks like the software giant is ready to make the very same promise again and hopefully deliver this time. While there is no ETA for the next build yet, yesterday’s Windows 10 Preview does include some changes in the new rendering engine, which Project Spartan will utilize.
Now here’s a bummer.
Even though Microsoft has promised that the next official Windows 10 build will include new and much anticipated web browser, it appears that the software giant has broken the promise as just announced Windows 10 Preview does not actually include Spartan.
So who’s to blame and why is this the case? Well, the blame goes to both developers and the “announcer” as is turns out, Project Spartan is simply not yet ready.