One thing we never understood about the Xbox 360: it's made by Microsoft, so why the heck doesn't it have a web browser? Even the friggin' Wii has a web browser. Xbox 360 owners who don't feel like hooking a HTPC or laptop up to their TV to get their HDTV Amazon shopping on may have something to look forward in the future, however, as a new report claims that Microsoft is working hard to bring a modified version of Internet Explorer 9 to its home console.
Apparently Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser leads the pack in more ways than just market share. With regards to IE9, socially engineered malware (SEM) barely has a chance of wreaking havoc, according to a study put together by NSS Labs. The study's data has IE9 way out in front of all other browsers tested with a better than 99 percent protection rate.
Up until today, the jury was still deliberating on whether Microsoft's decision to skip XP support for its Internet Explorer 9 browser and focus its attention squarely on Windows 7 was sound or stupid. Judging by the market share numbers, it appears Microsoft knew what it was doing. According to data from Net Applications, IE9's share of the browser market more than doubled in the month of April compared to one month prior.
Just a week back, Microsoft was brimming with joy as it shared the first-day download stats of its latest web browser Internet Explorer 9 (IE9): 2.35 million downloads within 24 hours of its release on March 14, 2011. Even though pretty impressive, IE9's first day showing seemed to pale in comparison with some of the other major browser launches in the recent past. But if Microsoft still had any lingering delusions about its standing in the first-day-downloads war, they must have vanished earlier today as soon as Firefox blazed past IE9's launch day downloads within 7 hours of being launched. Hit the jump for more.
Internet Explorer 9 is finally available in final form to the general public, and we’re pleased to say that it represents a big leap forward for Microsoft’s web browser. We know that many of you Maximum PC reader’s have gotten turned off to IE in recent years (and understandably so) but Internet Explorer is suddenly a lot more competitive, and worth a look.
We recommend you try it for yourself (sorry XP users, Vista and Windows 7 only), but in case you’re still on the fence, we’ve prepared a visual guide to our 10 favorite new features in Internet Explorer 9. Read on for more info!
Internet Explorer 9 went gold on Monday and Redmond is already mighty pleased with the enthusiasm that has greeted the release of the latest version of what is still, technically speaking, the world’s most popular browser. According to Microsoft, IE9 was downloaded 2.35 million times during the 24 hours following its release, which translates to “over 27 downloads every second, or over 240 downloads every 9 seconds.” Keep reading after the break to find out how these numbers compare with the launch day showing of other major browsers.
We know, we know, the Internet police will have to pry Chrome/Firefox (Opera/Safari?) from your cold, dead hands. But for what it's worth, the final version of Internet Explorer 9 just dropped from Redmond and is ready for download. If you're already sitting pretty with the Release Candidate, you may be able to upgrade without having to reboot your system (we've had mixed results), you know, just like the other browsers allow. Otherwise, a reboot will be in order. Is it worth it?
Internet Explorer 9 has hit the release candidate milestone and Microsoft is behaving like any browser vendor would when its browser reaches a new development milestone. You guessed it right, Redmond is touting the blazing speeds brought along by the Release Candidate. Read on for a complete list of enhancements.
Microsoft on Wednesday released the seventh platform preview of its upcoming web browser Internet Explorer 9 (download link). Comparatively less stable than beta builds, platform previews are aimed at acquainting developers with new features and gathering valuable feedback.
According to Dean Hachamovitch, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Internet Explorer, who wrote a copious blog post to discuss the latest platform preview release, improving real world site performance, and not “subsystem microbenchmarks,” remains the real focus of company’s development efforts.
But he soon clarified: “We’ve been consistent in our point of view that these tests are at best not very useful, and at worst misleading. Even with the most recent results in the chart above, our motivations and our point of view remain unchanged.”
“We’ve focused on improving real world site performance. We’ve made progress on some microbenchmarks as a side effect. Focusing on another subsystem microbenchmark is not very useful.”