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Classic Shell now makes Internet Explorer 9 look like IE8

If you used Windows XP for a long time (who didn't?), one of the biggest changes when moving to Windows 7 or Vista was the massively-altered Explorer. While the new Explorer introduces some useful new features, it also removed just as many -- which is where Classic Shell comes in! We've covered Classic Shell before, but here's the crib note: Classic Shell restores almost every Windows...

Internet Explorer and Safari first to fall at Pwn2Own 2011, Chrome and Firefox still standing

Pwn2Own, the annual three-day browser hackathon, has already claimed its first two victims: IE8 on Windows 7 64-bit, and Safari 5 on Mac OS X. Google Chrome looks set to survive for its third year in a row. Internet Explorer 8 was thoroughly destroyed by independent researcher Stephen Fewer. "He used three vulnerabilities to bypass ASLR and DEP, but also escape Protected Mode. That's...

IE8 biggest grower in January, while Chrome hits 10% and iOS devices reach 2%

It's the beginning of a new month, and as always, Net Applications has published its findings from the last 30 days. They're slightly more exciting than usual, too: Chrome gained 0.72, while Internet Explorer 8 gained a massive 1.15% to sit pretty at 34.17%. The IE9 beta now accounts for 0.5% usage share worldwide. Firefox lost a small amount of ground and Opera gained a tiny bit. More...

Critical vulnerability exploited in Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8 -- but IE9 beta is safe!

A new vulnerability has been found in all major releases of Internet Explorer -- 6, 7 and 8 -- and a zero-day exploit is already in the wild. The exploit, HTML_BADEY.A, uses the vulnerability to remotely execute code. By visiting a compromised website, encrypted files are downloaded to your computer and then decrypted to become a Trojan backdoor. Little is known about what happens after that --...

Microsoft still selling more than 7 copies of Windows 7 per second

Microsoft just reported its quarterly earnings, and things are looking pretty good. The official Windows Blog reports that Windows 7 has hit 175 million licenses sold, which adds up to more than 7 copies EVERY SECOND since release. Wow! Looking at the overall picture, that means 16% of the world's personal computers are now running Windows 7 (and maybe more, if you account for illegal copies)....

Is it Facebook's fault that you're still using IE6 at work?

According to Microsoft's chief security advisor in Australia, some companies refuse to upgrade to the latest versions of Internet Explorer because keeping employees on IE6 keeps them off of Facebook. As you've probably noticed if you've tried to sign into any contemporary social networking sites on IE6 ... it doesn't exactly work. Facebook shows a message telling you to upgrade your browser, and...

You wouldn't drink 9-year-old milk... so why use a 9-year-old browser?

Microsoft's commonwealth of Australia branch is, of course, talking about Internet Explorer 6. We first reported on this upcoming advertising campaign back in November -- but everyone thought it was going to start in June! Perhaps Microsoft is trying out this bold and funny ploy in a smaller and less-important English-speaking market first? I always knew that Australia would one day prove...

Re-examining IE's drop below 60%: IE8 actually showed the most growth in April

Last month's report from Net Applications marked a big milestone for non-IE browsers: for the first time, they managed to knock the lumbering behemoth below 60% market share. That news shouldn't have come as a big surprise, since alternative browsers have been making steady gains against IE for quite some time, and its continued slide has been well documented. However, I received an email from...

New Windows browser ballot screen finally ditches IE6, but it remains alive

When the new Windows "Select Your Web Browser" window -- commonly known as the ballot screen -- rolls out to European users at the beginning of March, they'll be able to choose from five modern browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE 8, and Opera. Nobody's surprised that any of those made the list, and nobody is surprised (as Lee pointed out last week) that the screen comes with an IE-like...

New plugin brings HTML5 video support to Internet Explorer

I strongly suspect that the vast majority of web users out there who are currently interested in (or using) sites with HTML5-powered goodies tend to run browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera. Still, if you happen to be saddled with Internet Explorer and want to experiment with HTML5 sites, you're out of luck. At least you were out of luck. Developer Christian Adams has...

IE8 'officially' becomes most-used browser in the world

While there's no shortage of alternatives in web browsing, it looks like Internet Explorer 8 still has some pull out there. Net MarketShare, a company that monitors usage and market share of major web browsers, has released their January report. According to the report, IE (all versions) holds a solid 62.12% of all browser usage. In addition to a 27% share on Windows, it has also taken a...

Which browser isn't such a battery hog?

If you use your laptop primarily for web browsing, the browser you choose could make a difference in how long your battery lasts. AnandTech tested out the latest versions of the most popular Windows browsers on three different laptops, and it turns out that - when it comes to battery endurance, anyway - IE 8 is the champ. It yielded 5 to 10 minutes of additional battery life compared to...

How to install a browser if you don't have a browser (Windows 7 E)

Once upon a time, the internet didn't just mean the World Wide Web. If you wanted to download a file, you could fire up a gopher or FTP session and connect to a remote computer, often using a command-line interface. Theoretically, you can still do that in some cases, but it's a dying art. And that leads to a basic question for many PC users in Europe: Since Microsoft will be shipping Windows 7 E...

You might hate it, but would you use IE8 for $10,000?

OK, so it's really just a chance to win $10,000 (Australian), but would you? You'll have to do a few things to get in the action. First, of course, you'll have to become a legal resident of Australia. The DIAC website can help you with the process. Once you've checked that off, you also have to follow @tengrand_IE8 on Twitter to get the daily clues and then put on your Columbo trench coat and use...

IE8's new session feature allows multiple logins to web apps

Internet Explorer has certainly come a long way since version 6. While I'm not running it as my primary browser, IE8 is a big improvement and sport a number of very useful features. One that was touted yesterday on the IEBlog was the ability to access more than one webmail account (or any other account that utilizes sessions). Head to the file menu and click New Session and IE8 will spawn a new...