Next month, Microsoft will officially stop delivering updates for all but the latest Internet Explorer version on each Windows version it supports. Although the company provided almost two years' warning, the population still using older versions of Internet Explorer appears to be uncomfortably high. How many people are using Microsoft browsers (Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge) on desktop PCs, laptops, and Windows-powered hybrids? And what percentage of those customers are going to stop getting security updates after January? Getting answers to those questions turned out to be harder than I thought. In fact, the three most commonly cited sources of information on usage share for browsers and operating systems publish authoritative-looking numbers that are almost comically far apart. Instead of picking one, I'll give you the numbers from all three sources and maybe together we can make some sense of things. First, how many people and PCs use Microsoft browsers? I looked at … [Read more...] about Who’s still using Internet Explorer? And why won’t they upgrade?
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It seems that only yesterday, Internet Explorer was a clunky abomination of a browser that lagged behind its competition in all features, crashed constantly, and was generally frowned upon by anyone with the knowhow to download something better. Seeing as the latest version, Internet Explorer 8, was just released yesterday, that embarrassing recollection of failure literally was last week. While browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari have made quantum leaps in performance, feature set and general usability within the past year, Microsoft’s offering, Internet Explorer 7, has remained practically stagnant since its release in 2006, riding on its success as the de facto “browser of choice” (or lack of choice) for lazy Windows users everywhere. With Internet Explorer 8, Microsoft has taken an incremental step forward, but probably not one big enough to lure power users back to the brand they abandoned many versions long ago. Internet Explorer 8 … [Read more...] about Internet Explorer 8: One Step Forward, Three Steps Back
Microsoft has released an out-of-band fix for the recently disclosed Internet Explorer flaw that is being actively targeted online. Moreover, they've issued a fix for users that are still on Windows XP; despite the fact the operating system is no longer supported.The vulnerability was confirmed last weekend, when Microsoft, after acting on a notification from researchers at FireEye, launched an investigation into reports of attacks targeting a flaw in their browser.At the time, attackers were targeting a user-after-free vulnerability in IE 9 through 11, but as it turned out, the issue impacted all versions Internet Explorer.Compounding the problem, is that once exploited, attackers leveraging the vulnerability would be able to bypass ASLR and DEP protection in order to gain code execution rights equal to those of the currently active user.Commenting on their findings, FireEye said that the actors behind the attacks has had access to "a select number of browser-based 0-Day exploits in … [Read more...] about Microsoft fixes Internet Explorer flaw with out-of-band patch, XP included
Microsoft will release the first beta of Internet Explorer 8 in the first half of 2008 that will have full support for web standards. And the new browser will be known as “Windows Internet Explorer 8”.Website designers will be able to write websites based on standards, insert a flag that tells IE to render in IE8 standards mode, and IE will then switch its rendering engine to use this new mode. Thus IE8 won’t break the layout of existing websites coded for previous versions of IE (IE7 or IE6, for example). They’ll behave in exactly the same way in IE8 unless website designers opt-in to IE8 standards mode by placing a simple tag at the head of their HTML document. It is not immediately clear if Windows IE8 will be available for Windows 2000 and XP versions. [MVP] … [Read more...] about Windows Internet Explorer 8
When the Mozilla foundation was ready to release the first version of Firefox software in 2004, their marketing team launched a community site at SpreadFirefox.com to spread buzz about the new browser. The campaign was a hit so much so that Mozilla used the same Spread Firefox site again to set a new world record when Firefox 3 was launched in mid-2008.Taking a cue from the success of Spread Firefox, Microsoft MVPs in India have launched a new site at spreadie8.com to spread awareness about the new Internet Explorer 8 browser that is much faster and feature rich than any of the previous versions of IE.A similar site exists at spreadchrome.com for the Google Chrome browser but it is not an official and is currently running a Google Custom search powered site. … [Read more...] about Internet Explorer 8 Fans Take a Cue from Spread Firefox
You have a dozen different websites loaded in Internet Explorer and suddenly the browser freezes up. The menu bar, the close button and all the tabs become unresponsive so what can you do to restore the session?Internet Explorer (version 8) features “automatic crash recovery” so if a single tab crashes due to, say, a bad plug-n, IE will automatically restart that tab alone without touching the other open websites.However, when the entire browser comes to a halt, try this tip. Start the task manager (Alt + Ctrl + Del) and sort the process list by “memory.” Now select iexplore.exe processes that are consuming the least amount of memory (from bottom to top) and end them one by one by hitting the delete key. Your frozen IE application should terminate in the second or third attempt. Restart the IE browser and it will show a dialog asking you to confirm whether you really want to restore the previously open websites – say Yes and that’s it!This trick … [Read more...] about What to do When your Internet Explorer Hangs?
Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 6 some 10 years ago around the same time as Windows XP. Lot has changed in the browser world since then but IE 6, the most criticized browser of all times, refuses to go away.According to recent data from Net Applications, one-third of all Internet users in China still rely on Internet Explorer 6 to go online while in South Korea, IE 6 market-share is as has as ~25%. Overall, IE 6 is used by 12% users world-wide. A World free of Internet Explorer 6In a bid to encourage IE 6 users migrate to modern browsers, Microsoft has put up a new website – IE6Countdown.com – where you can watch the current usage of IE6 in different parts of the world.The site also provides a line of code that you may add to your website template and if there’s site visitor using IE6, they’ll be shown a message to upgrade to the latest version of IE.Update: Microsoft’s #ie6countdown campaign will suggest only Internet Explorer to your iE 6 but if … [Read more...] about Internet Explorer 6 – Not as Unpopular as you Might Think!
Internet Explorer 9 is out of beta and the final version is immediately available for download for Windows 7 and Vista systems. If you are on XP, you are out of luck because Microsoft has decided to drop support for Windows XP with IE 9 even though XP still has a 55% market share.While it may be hard for Microsoft to convince users of Google Chrome and Firefox to make the switch to Internet Explorer, the new version 9 is definitely a significant improvement, both in terms of features and speed, over any of the previous releases.One change that you’ll immediately notice in IE 9 is the sleek interface. There are no toolbars and the search box has finally been clubbed into the address bar on the lines of Google Chrome. What I like about IE’s implementation is that you can switch search engines for a query while typing the query itself whereas in Chrome, that can only be done from the Options page.Internet Explorer 9 discourages the use of add-ons even if you are using ones … [Read more...] about Internet Explorer 9 Available for Download
This article describes how you can force Internet Explorer browser to always render all web pages in Google Chrome even if the site doesn’t carry the Chrome meta tag.You love Google Chrome more than Internet Explorer but since you work in a corporate environment, you aren’t allowed to install Google’s browser on your office computer. How do you use Chrome then?Well, you have two options. You can either use the portable version of Chrome (it doesn’t require installation) or you may download the Chrome Frame plugin that, in simple English, will let you run Google Chrome inside Internet Explorer itself.The Google Chrome Frame plugin is available for all versions of Windows Internet Explorer (including IE 6).There is a minor problem. If are want to open a website inside Internet Explorer using Google Chrome Frame, you need to manually prefix the URL with “cf:” (without quotes) to activate the Chrome engine. For example, you’ll have to type … [Read more...] about How to Force Internet Explorer to Always Use Google Chrome