And it’s pretty useless.
Recently, Microsoft has announced a new and free tool that aims to help web developers to test their code on Internet Explorer, especially those running Mac OS X, iOS or Android.
While it might sound cool on the first sight, there is one problem: it allows you to test the latest version of Internet Explorer on the Windows 10 Technical Preview, which means that pretty much no one is using this browser right now and it’s useless since developers need access to older builds like IE8 and IE9.
No Internet Explorer 12 in sight.
With today’s release of Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft has also detailed a list of new Internet Explorer 11 features that made it to the build.
So what should you be excited about?
- A support for HTTP/2 networking protocol, which means better performance
- Interoperable Top Level Domain Parsing
It looks like Google won’t be eating the very low end market share lunch all by itself as Microsoft & HP have announced two new Windows models that aim to compete with the Chrome OS.
First is the HP’s Stream laptop, which comes with an 11.6 inch screen, HD display, a fanless design, Office 365 and the 32GB of storage, all for $199 while the HP Stream 13 (an 13.3 inch version) will cost you $229. There is also another, 14 inch version, which is coming later.
Earlier this year, Microsoft has launched a plan to attack Chromebooks with the killer Windows laptop offerings such as $199 HP laptop.
Now, it looks like the software giant has some explaining to do (or the OEM) as the long awaited HP’s Stream laptop will cost a whopping $100 more.
Correction: Not all hope is lost yet as it’s only one of “many” Stream laptops, hopefully, they are cheaper than $299.
App becomes “Mini Web Browser”
If you’re wondering how tight Microsoft quality / fake apps control in the market place is then look no further than at the fake Opera Mini app, which was available for anyone to download for around 6 months.
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.”
Offers various alternatives.
During Chrome OS announcement, former Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, just laughed at Google. Now, it looks like the software giant is getting more and more aggressive towards Chromebooks, with the latest tactic being a new section in its store.
What is it all about? Basically, it matches Chromebooks against Windows machines on the similar price level, such as Dell Inspiron 15 ($249), ASUS X551MAV ($249), Acer Aspire E 15 ES1 ($249).
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.”