Category: Internet Explorer
Becomes even more awesome.
With the Windows 8.1 August update (which was supposed to be a much bigger deal and bring the new (aka old school) start menu, the software giant has also included the new F12 developer tools for Internet Explorer 11.
What’s new? Surprisingly, a lot, you can expect new icons and notifications, various console changes (with accurate autocomplete and more), improved in DOM explorer (now there’s a color picker, color wheel, eye dropper, etc.), debugger changes and so much more.
Ultron is the name.
In case you’ve missed Microsoft’s IE team AMA (ask me anything) on reddit (with over 8000 comments), then here is at least one interesting fact from the page.
According to comments, the software giant is considered renaming Internet Explorer to Ultron but the lawyers said no. Then they added:
“It’s been suggested internally; I remember a particularly long email thread where numerous people were passionately debating it. Plenty of ideas get kicked around about how we can separate ourselves from negative perceptions that no longer reflect our product today.”
For better or worse.
Despite the fact that IE8 is 5 years old, it is still used by more than 20% of all desktop users worldwide (as it still remains the most popular web browser in the world).
However, thanks to the recent changes to supported Windows configurations, the software giant will finally stop supporting Internet Explorer 8 with the change set to take place in early 2016, a long way to go indeed.
Good bye, ActiveX.
In an effort to improve the overall browser security and reduce user frustration, the software giant has announced that it will start blocking outdated ActiveX controls starting August 12, 2014.
According to Microsoft, “Java exploits represented 84.6% to 98.5% of exploit kit-related detections each month in 2013” and “to help avoid this situation with ActiveX controls, an update to Internet Explorer on August 12, 2014 will introduce a new security feature, called out-of-date ActiveX control blocking.”
It’s almost the middle of August so it’s time to dive into the desktop market share numbers and as always, we start with the Internet Explorer, which is no longer in an uptrend, now down by 0.37 point, from 58.38% to 58.01%.
July, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Up; Safari, Android Browser – Down
Another month, another report.
First in the list is Apple’s Safari, which is still in a downtrend and has lost another 1.24 point of the market share, down from 46.07% to 44.83%.
For those having issues with the Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8.1 and the way it renders websites, your troubles might soon be over as the upcoming WP 8.1 Update 1 is set to change that.
According to Microsoft, a lot of websites don’t recognize IE as a mobile web browser and shows desktop content instead, resulting in a much different web experience compared to Android or iOS. However, thanks to the WP 8.1 Update 1 (coming to developers next week), which among other changes also brings different User Agent string and webkit prefix support, there was a 40% user experience improvement among 400 top mobile sites that Microsoft has tested.
June, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome – Up; Firefox, Safari, Opera – Down
And now we do the desktop.
Starting with Internet Explorer, it looks like Microsoft’s web browser has finally regained what it has lost last year, up from 58.17% to 58.38 (0.21 point increase).
June, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Android Browser, Google Chrome, Opera Mini – Up; Safari, Internet Explorer – Down
Another month, another report.
Kicking things off with Safari, it looks like Apple’s web browser is now in a downtrend as we see another drop, from 48.72% to 46.07% (2.65 points decrease).
Now here’s something unexpected.
Today, Microsoft has announced the availability of the Internet Explorer Developer Channel, which aims to bring even more transparency and reveal developer features that were just finished or are about to be.
With today’s IE Dev release (for Windows 7 and 8.1), the software giant demonstrated the support for GamePad API, allowing you to control web games (assuming they have implemented this feature) with the Xbox controller.