Category: Internet Explorer
Despite the fact that Skype already installs a third party add-on that allows you to call directly from the web browser, it looks like Internet Explorer will have this ability out of the box and best of all? It’s not just limited to Skype.
According to the leaked documents, phone numbers within web pages will appear as links and open a dialing app, which can be configured in “Default Programs” window.
If the only reason for not using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was a lack of official AdBlock extension, then we got some great news for you.
Guys at AdBlock have just released the very first build of its highly popular add-on that will work with IE8 and above. Unfortunately, due to platform limitations, it’s for x86 instruction set only and the add-on must be running a desktop version of Internet Explorer, so no more Metro for you.
January 2014 is the date.
Back in 2009, Google launched Chrome Frame, a plug-in that aimed to modernize the older versions of Internet Explorer by bringing WebKit capabilities to Microsoft’s platform, although they weren’t particularly happy about that.
The good news? Thanks to competition, web browsers (especially IE) got so much better over the last few years and as a result, Google is retiring Chrome frame.
If you would like to relive the excitement of Chrome Frame, check the video below:
Here goes the hype.
Microsoft funded study confirms that IE is the best.
Back in 2011, we compared IE9 and its competitors to see which one consumes the least amount of power. Spoiler alert: Internet Explorer won and Opera lost heavily.
Well, guys at Fraunhofer Inc. decided to download Internet Explorer 10, Google Chrome 26 and Mozilla Firefox 21 and do a study of their own.
Here are the results:
Why would anyone pay it to use IE anyway?
Yes, Microsoft charges $60 a year to use Internet Explorer because it’s that good. The good news? Assuming it works, you will be able to watch today’s Xbox Reveal event right on your Xbox, no gold membership required.
What about everyone else? Just head over to the following page and enjoy the live stream experience, and in case you have a Windows Phone, Microsoft has just published a new app, allowing you to watch the event on your phone. Only 9 hours remain.
And here are a couple of (completely unrelated) Xbox .GIFs
April, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Android Browser, Opera Mini, Google Chrome – Up; Safari, Internet Explorer – Down
As always, we start with Apple’s Safari, which is yet to be challenged by any other web browser. This time its market share has decreased by 2.37 points, from 61.79% to 59.42%.
How many is too many?
When it comes to deep pockets, Microsoft is certainly one of the sugar daddies. However, while plenty of the companies spend an equal amount of money actually developing and improving their products, it looks like Microsoft’s latest approach is just to keep pushing ads, videos and some HTML5 web sites.
After all, who needs competitive features such as: synced tabs, updated Internet Options dialog that does not look like something from the 90s or even frequent releases? Everything is irrelevant when you choose to ignore competition and have big bucks to keep feeding your marketing machine.