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


Microsoft releases IE10 preview for Windows 7

If you wanted to try out Internet Explorer 10 but are holding off on Windows 8, Microsoft is answering your call. The Redmond software giant today released an IE10 preview for Windows 7 users. IE10 was previously only available on Windows 8. Last month, Microsoft blogged about this and followed up on its promise of… Read More


EU escalates Microsoft case, issues Windows 8 warning

The European Commission this morning took another step toward a possible fine against Microsoft and delivered a public warning to the company over a component of Windows 8, two days before the release of the new operating system. Antitrust regulators say they have reached a preliminary finding that Microsoft failed to comply with its promises under… Read More


Microsoft holds its ground as big advertisers blast IE10′s default privacy settings

Microsoft’s decision to prevent Internet Explorer 10 users from being tracked online, by default, is getting an extraordinary response from some of the world’s largest advertisers, in the form of a letter to the Redmond company this week from the Association of National Advertisers, objecting to to the plan. The letter was signed by representatives of… Read More


Report: EU preps complaint vs. Microsoft over Windows screwup

Microsoft is in hot water in Europe, again, after failing to include a required browser “ballot” in Windows 7 for the better part of last year. Bloomberg News reports today that European regulators are preparing a complaint against the company, formally known as a statement of objections, as a possible prelude to additional antitrust fines. EU… Read More


Is that a PC inside your Atari 2600? Well, yes, it is

Building on the recent Internet Explorer/Atari link up, in which they built eight classic Atari games using HTML5, Hard Drives Northwest has created a limited number of Atari 2600 consoles retrofitted with modern PC internals. And just look at them—time warp!  Bellevue’s Hard Drives Northwest repurposed many of the original functions, so watch that “game reset” switch—now it’s hooked… Read More


Pulse news site shows potential of Microsoft’s IE10

Pulse, the popular news app for iPad, iPhone and Android, released a new version of its service for the web today, working with Microsoft to provide a glimpse of the potential for the new Internet Explorer 10 browser, particularly on touch-enabled Windows machines. Microsoft points to the site as an example of apps transitioning back… Read More