Change Internet Explorer’s name? Nah, here’s what Microsoft really needs to do with its web browser

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser has made great strides in recent years, embracing web standards and upgrading its user interface, as the company retires old versions of the browser and lobbies users to use the latest versions. But given its history with users and web developers, can the Internet Explorer name be salvaged? That was one question posed to the Internet… Read More


Say farewell to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 … in 2016

Microsoft announced new support policies for Internet Explorer today: Starting on Jan. 12, 2016, the company will only support the most recent version of the browser available for a particular version of Windows. “Running a modern browser is more important than ever for the fastest, most secure experience on the latest Web sites and services, connecting anytime,… Read More

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Microsoft, ESPN team up for slick World Cup website

Microsoft is getting in the World Cup spirit. Soccer — er, fútbol — fans will like a slick new website built by ESPN and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team that just launched this morning. ESPN FC World Cup Essentials features a one-stop shop for this month’s highly-anticipated competition, complete with detailed information for all 32 teams and a bevy of… Read More


Microsoft patches IE bug in Windows XP, changing course

In a major turn of events in the Internet security world, Microsoft says it will patch a high-profile vulnerability in Internet Explorer on versions of Windows including Windows XP, despite recently ending support for XP and saying it would no longer issue security patches for the aging operating system. Plans for the emergency security patch were announced by… Read More


Microsoft under pressure to patch IE bug for Windows XP

With a high-profile bug leaving Microsoft’s Internet Explorer vulnerable to attack, and about 25 percent of the world still running Windows XP, should Microsoft release a patch for XP users, making an exception to its decision to end support for the aging operating system? That’s the question as the company scrambles to address the bug, which is severe… Read More


Feds warn against using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer until security hole is fixed

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team has issued an advisory today suggesting that people consider avoiding Internet Explorer until Microsoft patches a flaw that could allow attackers to execute code on a computer as the current user. For people who still need to use Microsoft’s browser, US-CERT suggests deploying version 4.1 or 5.0 of Microsoft’s… Read More


Microsoft will patch zero-day IE vulnerability Tuesday

As a part of tomorrow’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft will be patching a zero-day vulnerability that the internet’s nefarious elements have been using to attack users of Internet Explorer. The vulnerability, known as “CVE-2013-3918,” was first spotted by security researchers at FireEye last Friday, and has been used to infect computers that access a compromised website… Read More


Internet Explorer 11 gets official release on Windows 7

Microsoft this morning is releasing the latest version of its web browser, Internet Explorer 11, for the most widely used version of its operating system, Windows 7. IE11 had previously been released in preview form, but with the official release today, the company will start the process of rolling out the new browser to Windows… Read More


Microsoft brings IE11 developer preview to Windows 7

[Correction: This post has been updated since it was originally posted. A Microsoft representative says the plugin-free experience for Netflix and other sites is limited to IE11 on Windows 8.1, and isn't coming down to Windows 7.] Microsoft this morning launched a developer preview of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7, bringing its latest browser… Read More


First look: Internet Explorer 11 ‘continuous browsing’ and Windows 8.1 Reading List

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team showed some of the key features of Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8.1 during an afternoon session here at the Build conference, including a cloud-based system that synchronizes favorites, browsing history, open tabs and user names and passwords across Windows 8.1 devices. Microsoft calls this “continuous browsing.” Check… Read More


Microsoft’s IE10 to run Flash by default on Windows 8, RT

Microsoft announced this afternoon that it’s updating the Modern UI (formerly “Metro”) version of Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 and Windows RT to support Adobe Flash by default. Previously this version of the browser was set to not play interactive Flash content by default, unless the site in question was on a Compatibility View whitelist…. Read More


The price of Microsoft’s European browser screwup: $732M

The European Commission this morning fined Microsoft 561 million euros, approximately $732 million, for neglecting to include a required “browser ballot” in Windows 7 for the better part of a year —the first time the commission has fined a company for failing to comply with an antitrust ruling. That’s almost 1 percent of Microsoft’s annual revenue… Read More


Report: EU set to fine Microsoft over bungled browser update

Apparently it’s going to take more than trimming Steve Ballmer’s bonus for Microsoft to make things right with European antitrust regulators. Citing unnamed sources, Reuters reports that EU officials are preparing to fine Microsoft this month for falling short of its obligations under its 2009 antitrust settlement. Regulators have been investigating the company over its… Read More


Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team pokes fun at haters with ‘comment troll’ video

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team is back with an updated version of its “Browser You Love(d) To Hate” online campaign, including the video above. It’s a clever way of challenging the company’s critics while touting some of its latest milestones (real and imagined). So how is the browser doing? Microsoft points to the recent release of… Read More