Microsoft has launched a new web browser testing website with free tools and resources. The modern.IE, features a so-called “code detection wizard” that scans sites for common coding issues. Check out the website here
From the website:
We recognize that there are still a lot of users that browse with older versions of Internet Explorer. And while modern web standards andautomatic updates with platform previews might be steps in the right direction, we know that the range of devices and browser versions still present a real challenge for your testing matrix. modern.IE is a way we can help move the web forward by making it easier to build innovative experiences with web standards like HTML5 & CSS3 while supporting older versions of IE.
Google Chrome has taken the top spot as the most popular browser. Chrome now has taken the crown from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Chrome raked up 32.76 percent average market share ahead of Microsoft’s 31.94 percent and Mozilla Firefox was in third with 25.47 percent.
Online psychometric testing company AptiQuant, based out of Canada has done to show that dumb people are more likely to use Internet Explorer than smart people. The study found that the average IQ scores presented for users of Internet Explorer versions 6 through 9 were all lower than the IQ scores recorded for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Camino, and Opera users.
All versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer including version 9 is affected by cookiejacking. This exploit enable hackers to steal cookies from a PC and then log onto password-protected Web sites. Not easy to stumble upon, but users can be fooled to drag and drop an object across the PC for the cookie to be stolen.
Microsoft has released a cumulative critical patch for Internet Explorer that fixes eight vulnerabilities to prevent attacks similar to those directed at Google operations in China last week.
From Microsoft blog: Today we released Security Bulletin MS10-002 out-of-band to address vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. All customers using currently supported versions of Windows and Internet Explorer should apply this update as soon as possible. Once applied, customers are protected against the known attacks that have been widely publicized. For customers using automatic updates, this update will automatically be applied once it is released.
Should you put Internet Explorer in the trash? Yes you should due to the browser being insecure and also with the latest issue of hacking on Google using IE.
Germany has asked its users to stop using Internet Explorer. The latest zero-day flaw exists in every version of IE. It is high time for users to switch to Firefox, Safari or Goggle Chrome.
The latest web browser statistics from Net Applications indicates that Google Chrome has sneaked past Apple’s Safari to claim third place. This is impressive because Chrome only appeared on the market about 16 months. Chrome’s 0.7% increase from November to December can probably be attributed to the beta versions of the web browser for Mac OS X and Linux finally being released.
Currently, Firefox is in second place and Microsoft’s IE 8 in first place.
Microsoft will fix 12 vulnerabilities including a critical hole in Internet Explorer that affects Windows 7 with 6 updates. The vulnerability apparently is not affecting IE 8. The updates will be out next week.
From Microsoft: The vulnerability exists as an invalid pointer reference of Internet Explorer. It is possible under certain conditions for a CSS/Style object to be accessed after the object is deleted. In a specially-crafted attack, Internet Explorer attempting to access a freed object can lead to running attacker-supplied code.
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser market share has dropped for the seventh consecutive month. Web metrics company Net Applications indicated that Internet Explorer now has 67.55% of global browser market share while Firefox has 21%. Apple’s Safari browser now stands at 8.29% and Google’s Chrome 1.16%.
A few years ago, Internet Explorer commands 98% of the market share. Is IE’s days numbered? And will IE 8 help Microsoft gain back user confidence?