Internet Explorer 9 made the somewhat controversial decision to leave Windows XP users behind, and IE10 is getting ready to extend the legacy OS snub to Vista users now as well. Microsoft confirmed the rumor this week during its annual MIX conference where a preview version of IE10 was made available, and the company made no apologizes for not supporting Vista.
Have you gotten around to installing Internet Explorer 9 yet? Well, you might want to get on that before it's already obsolete. Microsoft showed off the first platform preview of Internet Explorer 10 and the MIX developer conference today. If you fancy a look at the future of the browser, the preview can be downloaded from Microsoft's Test Drive site. But the real surprise came at the end, when the curtain dropped to reveal the Windows box was running on ARM.
The last time Maximum PC played host to a knock-down, drag-out dogfight for the browser crown, it was predominantly a two way scuffle featuring Mozilla’s spunky Firefox browser, then in version 2.0, versus Microsoft’s revitalized Internet Explorer, which had just been updated to IE7. We ultimately declared Firefox the winner, but that was four years ago, which, in computer years, is an eternity. Boy how things have changed since then, and at the same time, stayed the same.
Our goal is to figure out which of these three is the best vehicle for navigating cyberspace. We’ll be paying particular attention to new features, security, privacy, and of course performance. We’ll even throw in a few power user tips for each one. And for those of you who roll with Opera and Safari, don’t worry, we’ll cover the latest versions of those, too. In the words of Michael Buffer, “Let’s get ready to rumble!”
Technology is sort of like Father Time, in that it waits for no one. So while you're getting acquainted with Microsoft's newly released Internet Explorer 9 browser, the Redmond outfit is already paving a path to IE10, proof of which can be found hidden inside IE9. If you dig deep enough, you'll find a dialog box referencing Microsoft's next-generation browser.
In case you missed it, Microsoft last night put its final coat of polish on Internet Explorer 9 and released the finished browser to the public. Not wasting any time, Google has made available its WebM video plug-in for IE9. It's not a finished release, but a technology preview that Google admits has some known issues. What those issues are is anyone's guess, as the page Google links too is still blank.
Apple earlier today updated its Safari browser to version 5.0.4, plugging up 62 security holes in the process. Even so, it took French security firm Vupen just 5 seconds to exploit the browser and take home a $15,000 bounty from TippingPoint for doing so. This marks the first time in four years that Charlie Miller, an analyst with Security Evaluators, wasn't first to crack the Safari browser in the annual Pwn2Own contest. And what of Microsoft's IE8 browser? It didn't fare much better.
As Microsoft looks to kill off Internet Explorer 6, the Redmond software giant made official the launch date for IE9: March 14th, 2011. The final code will be available for download from Microsoft's servers starting at 9 AM PST on Monday, making good on Microsoft's promise to deliver its next generation browser in the first quarter.
Microsoft released Internet Explorer 6 (AKA the browser that will not die) ten years ago in 2001. To commemorate this occasion, the Windows team has started a little site called ie6countdown, where as you might expect, the market share of IE6 will be monitored as it continues to drop. Microsoft says this is a demonstration of their commitment to get the browser down from its still high 12% share.
For the first time ever, Google's Chrome browser busted through the 10 percent global market share threshold in January, according to market research firm Net Applications.
Chrome's market share has been steadily rising every month, while both Internet Explorer and Firefox go in the wrong direction. According to Net Applications, Chrome's share of the browser market was 5.22 percent in January 2010, less than half of what it is now (10.7 percent). Compare that to Firefox, which has gone from a 24.43 percent share in January 2010 to 22.75 percent in January 2011.
Microsoft still owns the largest chunk of the market, but its share has fallen from 62.12 percent in the beginning of 2010 to 56 percent to start off 2011. As for the other browsers, Safari now claims a 6.3 percent share of the market and Opera remains steady at around 2.28 percent.
Call it merely a regional victory if you will, but Firefox's rise to become the most used browser in Europe is a victory nonetheless. According to the free website analytics firm StatCounter, Firefox took 38.11 percent of the European browser market in December 2010, enough to inch ahead of Internet Explorer (37.52 percent).
"This is the first time that IE has been dethroned from the number one spot in a major territory," commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. "This appears to be happening because Google's Chrome is stealing share from Internet Explorer while Firefox is mainly maintaining its existing share."
A similar trend was noted by Net Market Share, whose data showed Chrome nearly doubling its market share in 2010 while IE dropped 5 percentage points. But as far as Europe is concerned, it's pretty clear the so-called Browser Ballot is having an impact on browser usage.