Google Chrome vs Internet Explorer

Chrome is on the verge of knocking Internet Explorer out of the top spot

By on April 1, 2016 at 8:30 PM.

Chrome is on the verge of knocking Internet Explorer out of the top spot

One of the greatest unsolved mysteries of our time is the enduring popularity of Internet Explorer. Not only is it one of the least functional browsers available, but it was made obsolete when Microsoft launched Edge alongside Windows 10 last year.

Nevertheless, it remains the most popular browser in the world… but that may not be the case for much longer. More →

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Internet Explorer Security Vulnerability

Warning: All but one version of Internet Explorer will now be left open to attacks

By on January 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

Warning: All but one version of Internet Explorer will now be left open to attacks

Are you running an old version of Windows or reading this article in an old version of Microsoft’s popular web browser, Internet Explorer? It’s OK, we understand. We all have our own software update horror stories that involve losing key features we rely on or even losing some of our data, and we know it can be difficult to trust again. Interestingly, the majority of those horror stories likely involve Microsoft’s Windows operating system, but that’s neither here nor there.

If you’re desperately clinging to the past and trying your hardest to avoid upgrading to the latest version of Internet Explorer, however, you now have bigger problems on your hands than potentially losing a few bookmarks when you update. More →

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Internet Explorer End of Life Update

Microsoft is finally letting Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 die next week

By on January 6, 2016 at 6:10 PM.

Microsoft is finally letting Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 die next week

If you’re still using any version of Internet Explorer other than IE11, it’s time to upgrade. Microsoft is ending support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 on January 12th, which means that all three previous versions of the browser will stop receiving bug fixes and security updates, leaving them vulnerable to attacks. More →

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Internet Explorer End of Support 2016

Every version of Internet Explorer other than IE11 will be vulnerable next month

By on December 8, 2015 at 1:32 PM.

Every version of Internet Explorer other than IE11 will be vulnerable next month

On January 12th, 2016, Microsoft will end support for every version of Internet Explorer but the latest once and for all. Although you might not still use Internet Explorer on your personal computer, tens of millions of connected individuals still do, which is why this is vital information for a significant portion of the population. More →

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Internet Explorer Update

RIP IE: Microsoft is finally killing off Internet Explorer

By on March 17, 2015 at 10:37 AM.

RIP IE: Microsoft is finally killing off Internet Explorer

In its heyday, Internet Explorer was a cutting edge portal that shaped the way the world accessed the Internet. But its heyday is long, long gone. Many people grew to hate Internet Explorer after years of poor development and even some neglect. Meanwhile, rival browsers like Firefox and Chrome began to better cater to users’ needs, and they’re now both quite popular as a result.

Of course, Internet Explorer comes preinstalled on Windows so it’s still the most popular browser in the world, but that will soon change. No, Microsoft isn’t in jeopardy of losing its market share lead in the browser market — it’s finally killing off Internet Explorer. More →

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Microsoft Renaming Internet Explorer

Microsoft’s plan to rebuild Internet Explorer’s image: Stop calling it Internet Explorer

By on August 18, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Microsoft’s plan to rebuild Internet Explorer’s image: Stop calling it Internet Explorer

What would it take for you to give Internet Explorer another chance? What if it wasn’t Internet Explorer any more? During an Ask Me Anything on Reddit last week, engineers working on Internet Explorer discussed everything from reducing fragmentation by phasing out old versions of IE to the flavor of the cake Mozilla sent two years ago, but the most interesting reveal from the thread came when one Reddit user asked whether or not the team had ever considered rebranding the browser. More →

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Microsoft Internet Explorer Bribery Scandal

Microsoft busted trying to pay bloggers to write nice things about Internet Explorer

By on June 18, 2014 at 11:21 AM.

Microsoft busted trying to pay bloggers to write nice things about Internet Explorer

Microsoft has been making a lot of smart moves lately, but this is a blunder that brings back grim memories of the Clippy era. TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington has posted an email that he received from a Microsoft PR person asking if he’d want to take part in a new “sponsored post opportunity” regarding Internet Explorer. What it boils down to is that Microsoft told Arrington that they’d pay him to write nice things about their web browser. More →

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Windows Store Mature Games

Microsoft found guilty of violating browser choice commitments in Europe

By on October 24, 2012 at 9:45 AM.

Microsoft found guilty of violating browser choice commitments in Europe

In a preliminary ruling, the European Commission has found that Microsoft (MSFT) failed to comply with an order that requires it to offer a choice of web browsers to Windows PC buyers. The software giant previously admitted to a “technical error” in its Windows 7 operating system that prevented a browser choice screen from being displayed. If found guilty, Microsoft could face a fine of up to 10% of its global turnover. More →

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Microsoft urges customers to download new security tool after discovering major IE9 vulnerability

By on September 18, 2012 at 10:15 PM.

Microsoft urges customers to download new security tool after discovering major IE9 vulnerability

Internet Explorer Security Exploit

Following the discovery of a security flaw that affects hundreds of millions of Internet Explorer users, Microsoft (MSFT) is now urging customers to download new security software as an interim measure until it can fix the problem. The software giant revealed late Monday that a newly discovered exploit in its Internet Explorer Web browser can enable an attacker to take control of a victim’s computer. In an effort to buy time, Microsoft is now advising customers to download a security tool until the company can patch the bug. The software is known as the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, or EMET, and is available for free on Microsoft’s website. The company has also recommended that customers adjust various Windows security settings to prevent potential attacks, although it warned that doing so could affect a PC’s usability — it may be easier for consumers to just install alternative browsers such as Chrome or Firefox. The bug does not affect Internet Explorer 10. More →

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Microsoft tells advertisers to buzz off, keeps ‘Do Not Track’ as Explorer 10 default setting

By on August 8, 2012 at 11:30 PM.

Microsoft tells advertisers to buzz off, keeps ‘Do Not Track’ as Explorer 10 default setting

Microsoft Do Not Track

Despite incessant complaining from advertising and analytics companies, Microsoft (MSFT) is not budging from its pledge to make “Do Not Track” the default setting for its Internet Explorer 10 browser, ZDNet reports. In a company blog post, Microsoft Chief Privacy Officer Brendon Lynch said that “DNT will be enabled in the ‘Express Settings’ portion of the Windows 8 set-up experience” and that “customers will also be given a ‘Customize’ option, allowing them to easily switch DNT ‘off’ if they’d like.” More →

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Chrome expands lead over Internet Explorer, captures more than 33% of the browser market

By on August 6, 2012 at 11:45 PM.

Chrome expands lead over Internet Explorer, captures more than 33% of the browser market

Chrome Internet Explorer Browser Share

Microsoft (MSFT) can complain all it wants about StatCounter’s methodology, but the firm has once again shown Google (GOOG) Chrome besting Internet Explorer as the world’s top browser last month. In fact, Chrome has expanded its lead over Explorer and now accounts for nearly 34% of all page views while Explorer accounts for 32% of views. The latest StatCounter numbers also showed Firefox has continued a slow but steady decline, falling to just under 24% in July, down from around 28% in July 2011. More →

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And the world’s most popular browser is… who knows?

By on July 3, 2012 at 6:05 AM.

And the world’s most popular browser is… who knows?

Browser Market Share June 2012

Computer World's Gregg Keizer writes that two firms have put out two wildly different sets of numbers for which browsers were the most used in June 2012. First, the numbers from Net Applications, which say that Microsoft's Internet Explorer took the top spot this past month with a 54% market share, followed distantly by Mozilla's Firefox with 20% and Google's Chrome with 19%. Analytics firm StatCounter, however, showed vastly different results with Chrome taking the top spot with a 32.8% share, followed by Explorer with 32.2% and Firefox with 24.6%. The reason for the large swing in results is that StatCounter relies on page view totals while Net Applications uses unique visitors and only counts one visit per day to determine browser usage. So who's right? Without a deep look into each firms' methodologies it's impossible to say, although it seems realistic that more people still use Internet Explorer than alternatives.

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Chrome 18 is world’s most popular browser, Internet Explorer 9 leads in North America

By on April 23, 2012 at 11:45 PM.

Chrome 18 is world’s most popular browser, Internet Explorer 9 leads in North America

Internet monitoring firm Pingdom on Monday released a new report on global Web browser share by browser version. The company found Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 to be the most popular browser in North America with a 21.2% share, and it was closely followed by Google Chrome 18 at 20.2%. Internet Explorer, however, featured a combined total of 40.4% of the North American browser market. Globally, Pingdom found that Chrome 18 is the most popular browser with a 25.6% share, leading Firefox 11 with 15.8% and Internet Explorer 9 and 8 with 15.7% and 14.6%, respectively. Microsoft’s browser has the largest worldwide market share when all versions are combined, followed by Chrome and then Firefox. More →

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