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We told you that this was going to happen didn’t we? Microsoft as expected has launched version 9 of Internet Explorer which in case you forget is world’s most used web browser. According to Microsoft, IE9 will give you the best experience of the Web on Windows, a claim which needs to be put to test by you.
Uptil now, 15th September had a lot of importance for the Microsoft fans particularly the IE users since the Redmondians were scheduled to launch the first beta of IE9 thus giving users worldwide the first chance to have a look at the IE8 successor. But with Microsoft Russia accidentally posting the first ever screenshot of Internet Explorer 9, the intensity may have dropped down a little.
It has been less than a month since Microsoft launched the ballot screen and already the Internet Explorer is taking a beating. According to the stats released by Statcounter, IE has experienced a decline in major European countries namely France, Italy and England. Is this the sign of beginning of the end for the Redmondian’s very own browser?
We all know what happened to Google in China and which browser was used to perform this nasty act. Yes, it was none other than IE6. Google has decided to bring the IE6 support to an end, which seems a little late for me. Anyhow, starting from 1st March, Google Docs and Google Sites won’t be running properly on IE6.
BSI, the German Federal Office for Security in Information Technology has officially advised its citizens to avoid using Internet Explorer, all versions of IE to be more specific. The federal office recommends to continue this practice until Microsoft releases a fix for the latest zero day flaw which caused the recent hacking attack on Google.
New figures for browser share are out and they bring good news for Google Chrome – Google‘s very own Chrome browser has overtaken Apple‘s Safari for the first time. Web metric company Net Applications‘ figures (shown below) for December showed that Google ended 2009 with its highest ever share. 4.63 per cent of all users now use Chrome compared to Safari’s 4.46 per cent share.
Firefox 3.5 has reached a new milestone as it has gone past Internet Explorer 7 market share. This is really huge as this is the first time a particular version of Firefox browser from Mozilla has gone past Microsoft’s IE. However, Internet Explorer still dominates the market sahre when you combine all of its browsers market share. This is without any doubt great news for Mozilla and Firefox team as well as their loyal users. This outstanding fact was revealed by StatsCounter via a graph shown below.
You might be probably aware of Microsoft‘s proposal to offer ballot screen in Windows 7 for European users to comply with European Commission’s Statement of Objections.Very briefly, the ballot screen allows users installing Windows 7 the option to choose Firefox or other browser besides IE as their default browser.Well an interesting development has taken place that highlights Mozilla not being comfortable with the ballot screen option.
Mitchell Baker, CEO of Mozilla Foundation during the course of this week shared her thought of ballot screen not being enough to promote healthy competition. Baker still fears that Internet Explorer will still be placed as favorite in certain part of the systems which includes Taskbar and desktop. Baker said:
Choosing another browser as a ‘default’ does not mean that the other browser takes the place of IE.For example, the IE logo (‘shortcut’) still remains unchanged on the desktop. The shortcut / logo of the browser the user has selected does not replace this, it is added elsewhere. As a result, the familiar location remains IE, not the user’s choice.
The proposal which Microsoft submitted to the European Commission does not contain any actual software implementation for the ballot screen. Instead it includes a few mockups depicting the functionality for the proposed ballot screen.
An Internet Explorer logo was evident on the title bar of the ballot screen in one of the screenshots that Microsoft revealed to the public. But as I said this is not the final implementation, so there might be a chance that Microsoft will come up with a more smarter concept. However, there is also a possibility that Microsoft may have incorporated IE logos in the other screenshots that was submitted by Microsoft to the European Commission, and thus putting them in the hot seat again.
She believes that even with the ballot screen, IE still holds a privilege position. She said:
Even if everything in the currently proposed settlement is implemented in the most positive way. IE will still have a unique and uniquely privileged position on Windows installations
Is Microsoft troubled by these sort of statements?. Are they listening and preparing to make the amendments they feel reasonable.
Microsoft is really active when it comes to releasing security updates. The latest in that regard is right here. On 11th August, the IT giants has plans of releasing nine security bulletins as Microsoft calls it. Among the patches is a patch that is designed to address the vulnerability that exists in Microsoft Office Web Components. Spreadsheet ActiveX control happens to carry the bug. When ActiveX control is used in IE, control may potentially corrupt the system state thus allowing an attacker to run arbitrary code. The bug affects Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, ISA Server, BizTalk Server. Four bulletins rated critical are set to address issues in Microsoft Windows, with one of them also affecting Windows Client for Mac.
The remaining four bulletins are rated as important by Microsoft and will be dealing with security bugs in Windows. Within these four, two cover privilege escalation part whereas the remaining two handle issues related to remote code execution and DOS (denial of service issues).
Microsoft has taken a move which might come as a surprise to you but believe me when I tell you this. Microsoft has sent a proposal to European Union in which it proposes to include IE8 along with other competing browsers when it ships Windows 7 in Europe on 22nd October.Microsoft plans to offer a screen that would enable the users to select the browsers of their desire and possibly please the European Union. The offered browsers will be pre-installed. European Union said in a statement:
The proposal recognises the principle that consumers should be given a free and effective choice of Web browser, and sets out a means — the ballot screen — by which Microsoft believes that can be achieved.
European Union’s Commission will look into the matter and investigate the practicality of the proposal.