Category: Internet Explorer
September, 2012 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Up; Google Chrome – Down
After publishing the market share report for the mobile web browsers, it’s time to reveal a real thing: desktop.
As we are weeks before the launch of the Windows 8, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer managed to increase its market share by 0.03 point, up from 53.60% to 53.63%.
What else is new?
ANA, the Associate of National Advertisers, which covers companies like Intel, Visa and other giants, has sent a letter to Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer and few other executives, asking the company to change the default IE10 behavior, which protects the consumers and advertisers.
Calls it RoboHornet Pro.
After topping the search giant’s benchmark chart, Microsoft was quick to note that while they are happy with the result, RoboHornet does not actually represent a real word browser usage, instead, it focuses in a specific aspects of browser performance.
Therefore, the software giant has decided to take the existing code and add CSS3 Animations, CSS3 Transforms, CSS3 Text Shadows, custom WOFF fonts, Unicode, Touch and other, “real world” aspects, resulting in a Matrix like looking benchmark, which can be seen in the video below:
RoboHornet Alpha 1.
Just yesterday, Google has launched an open source benchmark tool called RoboHornet, which according to the search giant itself, “encompasses all aspects of browser performance and everything that matters to web developers, like performance of layout and localStorage”.
Now, before you get all cranky and claim that it’s just another useless test to demonstrate Chrome’s superiority, you might want to check the results first.
Even though it took people two years to notice that the screen was gone.
Just some time ago, we have reported that the supposed ballot screen for the EU version of the Windows 7 was not actually enabled due to the glitch in the system.
Now, the European Competition Commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, has stated that they need to “react” to Microsoft’s misstep, suggesting tremendous fines for the software giant.
According to the recent report by Strangeloop, a company that specializes in website performance, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was 8% faster in loading the majority of web pages when compares to the Google’s Chrome.
As stated in the document, IE10 average load time was 6.392 seconds, beating Firefox (6.395 seconds) and Google Chrome 20 (6.906).
Interestingly enough, overall pages loading performance was 9% slower when compared to the previous year’s report, which is blamed on heavier and heavier web sites.
Thanks to a recent security vulnerability discovery, the German government’s Federal Office for Information Security, has advised users to use alternative web browsers until Microsoft fixes the issue, “a fast spreading of the code has to be feared.”, said BSI.
Meanwhile, Yunsun Wee, Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing spokesperson, said the the software giant is working on a fix and it should be available in the next few days.
Internet Explorer 10 is not affected.
Thanks to some clever engineering, a new attack has reportedly affected computers running IE7, IE8 and IE8 running on Windows XP, Vista and 7 machines.
According to the recent report, by utilizing Adobe’s Flash Player to conduct a “heap spray” and bypass Windows ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) protection, attackers have delivered “Poison Ivy” Trojan to unsuspecting victims.
Following the competitors, Google has finally started implementing a much requested and widely anticipated, “Do Not Track” feature.
According to one of the Google’s spokesmen, the search giant has “undertook to honor an agreement on DNT that the industry reached with the White House early this year. To that end we’re making this setting visible in our Chromium developer channel, so that it will be available in upcoming versions of Chrome by year’s end.”