Category: Internet Explorer
Why would you use XP anyway?
Due to a recently discovered Internet Explorer (6-11) vulnerability, which will likely be patched soon for all but Windows XP users, UK and US governments are advising users to switch to alternative web browsers.
Security firm FireEye have warned users that a group of hackers are already exploiting the vulnerability targeting Internet Explorer 9-11 and Adobe Flash, so in any case, you are better of using something else.
With the recent Windows Phone 8.1 update, the software giant as included a much needed, private browsing feature, which can be enabled in the following way:
- Click on the Tabs icon
- Click on the three dots that are located at the bottom right corner
- Click “New Inprivate Tab”
Enjoy your Christmas shopping.
EU fine is the reason.
Back in 2013, Microsoft was fined ($732 million) by the European Union for mismanaging the browser ballot screen, which was missing due to a „technical error“.
Now, one of the Microsoft shareholders, Kim Barovic, is suing the board for this very reason, as well as for an insuffiicnet investigation where the software giant was asked to find out how that mistake has occured and take action agaist the offenders.
March, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Android Browser, Opera Mini – Down
Another month, another report.
Starting with Safari, Apple’s web browser seen an increase of 0.39 point, up from 53.52% to 53.91%.
And nothing of value was lost.
Today marks an important day to all of you who are still using Internet Explorer 6 (why would you?). With today‘s death of Windows XP support, the software giant will also stop releasing new updates for IE6, the browser we love to hate.
As far as the usage goes, it currently holds 4.15% of the market share, down from 4.65%, so far, so good.
Can it be true?
With the recent reveal of Office or iPad and Android, it looks like there is a new (and absolutely crazy) rumor in town (which comes from unverified source via Twitter): Microsoft is porting Internet Explorer for Android.
While at first glance it does not seem realistic, one might wonder if the software giant has decided to spread even more of their services across different platforms rather than making them MS exclusive, which was the case with Xbox Live Games (some of them are now on iOS and Android), Office, etc.
It looks like this year’s Pwn2Own hacking contest was pretty eventful and all web browsers got their asses kicked.
On the first day, a team from France has successfully hacked Internet Explorer 11, Firefox and Adobe Flash Player. The very same research firm also managed to find a vulnerability in Google Chrome, which affects both WebKit and Blink rendering engines.
Next day Sebastian Apelt and Andreas Schmidt have demonstrated a browser based exploit against Microsoft’s web browser, followed by a Chinese team that managed to bypass Safari’s sandbox and run remote code execution through it.
February, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Down
It looks like February is pretty much identical to January, at least in terms of growth.
Somewhat consolidating, Internet Explorer has lost a tiny fraction of market share, down from 58.21% to 58.19% (0.02 point decrease).