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The Internet Has a New Most Popular Browser

Google Chrome ends a reign dating back to last century

(Newser) - The Internet king is dead; long live the Internet king. ABC News reports Google Chrome became the most popular Internet browser in the world in April, overtaking Internet Explorer. Last month, Chrome held 41.71% of the market to Internet Explorer's 41.33%, according to analytics firm Net Market... More »

Your Face Can Be Password for Windows 10

Microsoft's 'Windows Hello' security feature uses facial recognition to give access

(Newser) - A day after confirming it would be relegating Internet Explorer to PC purgatory and swapping in a new browser (code name: "Project Spartan"), Microsoft announced a new way of unlocking your laptop: sticking your face in front of it. In its blog post , the company introduced Windows Hello,... More »

Microsoft Issues Fix for Internet Explorer

Patch covers XP users, too

(Newser) - Microsoft released a fix today for a security glitch related to Internet Explorer, a flaw so serious that the Homeland Security department had warned people to use a different browser in the interim. Those using IE should get the fix automatically assuming they've got updates enabled. "If you... More »

Homeland Security: Avoid Internet Explorer

Feds suggest switching browsers until flaw is fixed

(Newser) - A security flaw uncovered in Internet Explorer is so serious that users should consider switching to a different browser for now, the Department of Homeland Security yesterday warned. "We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem," said the department's Computer Readiness Team, which recommends... More »

Major Security Flaw Hits Internet Explorer

Windows XP users most at risk

(Newser) - A new security headache for the estimated 56% of Web users who use Internet Explorer: A major security flaw has surfaced in some versions of the browser, leaving users open to a "remote code execution vulnerability," which "means a bad guy can make a target computer run... More »

Behind Microsoft's $732M Fine: Snitch Named Google

EU competition watchdog levies heavy penalty to 'punish and deter'

(Newser) - Microsoft got thumped with a $732 million fine issued by the EU antitrust enforcer yesterday for violating the terms of a 2009 deal—thanks to Google and Opera, reports the Financial Times . Microsoft had then promised to offer consumers a choice of Internet browser instead of making Explorer Windows' automatic... More »

Chrome Surges to No. 2

Explorer, Firefox down as Google's browser makes big gains

(Newser) - Less than three years since its official public launch, Google's Chrome has become the second-most popular web browser in the world, reports Digital Trends . In November, Chrome accounted for 25.7% of global browser usage, climbing just past declining Firefox, which fell to 25.23%. Just two years ago,... More »

Whoops: Internet Explorer IQ Story a Hoax

Site was a fly-by-night creation

(Newser) - Well, looks like we better not talk about anyone’s IQ for a while: A story circulated last week about a study showing that Internet Explorer users had lower IQs than users of other browsers (we summarized it here ). But it turns out the study was a hoax, reports... More »

Study: IE Users Have Lower IQs

Especially if they haven't upgraded

(Newser) - If you’re reading this site on Internet Explorer 6, you should know you’re not in good company. A new study from a Canadian company called AptiQuant has found that Internet Explorer users are on average significantly less intelligent than users of other browsers, especially if they’re using... More »

Microsoft Adds Do-Not-Track to Internet Explorer

New version is out Tuesday

(Newser) - Good news for privacy enthusiasts: The new version of Internet Explorer, out Tuesday, will include a do-not-track tool, making Microsoft’s Web browser the first major one to offer such a feature. Internet Explorer, the most widely used browser, answered the call for a do-not-track system within just three months... More »

IE9 Looks Like a Game-Changer

Microsoft's latest puts it back ahead in browser wars

(Newser) - It's been quite a while since Microsoft was in the lead for browser innovation, but Internet Explorer 9—released in beta form yesterday—is good enough to lure some users back from Firefox and Chrome, say reviewers.
  • IE9 "not only catches up with its competitors, but improves in several
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Microsoft Execs Thwarted IE Privacy Plans

Defaults were changed to allow tracking and help advertisers

(Newser) - Microsoft had planned to give Internet Explorer 8.0 the most advanced privacy settings in the industry, until executives swept in and made the browser more advertiser-friendly. Explorer was supposed to keep out all kinds of common tracking tools, but Microsoft opted instead to turn the feature off as a... More »

Google Chrome Wins Browser War

Chrome 4 is the best way to surf the web, writes Farah Manjoo

(Newser) - Chrome 4, Google's latest version of its web browser, beats Internet Explorer 8—no surprise—and Firefox 3.6 hands down, writes Farhad Manjoo. He's been a fan of Chrome's earlier versions: They've always been fast, handled web video well, and compartmentalized tabs, so problems on one website don't crash... More »

New Security Flaws Found in Internet Explorer

Vulnerabilities spotted after release of security patch

(Newser) - An Internet security firm has found yet more serious "vulnerabilities" in Internet Explorer just days after Microsoft released a fresh security patch in the wake of a major hack attack. The browser—which was exploited by hackers in the recent wave of massive cyberattacks blamed on China—has weaknesses... More »

Germany Urges Ditching Internet Explorer

Security flaw in browser allowed attack on Google

(Newser) - The German government is urging Internet Explorer users to switch browsers, after Microsoft admitted that IE security failures allowed the recent attacks on Google’s systems. Microsoft has protested, saying that the security hole can be shut by setting the browser’s security zone to “high,” though doing... More »

EU Closes Microsoft Antitrust Case

No fines assessed, thanks to deal to add browsers on Windows 7

(Newser) - The EU formally ended its decade-long antitrust battle against Microsoft today, consummating a deal made this summer. Microsoft has agreed to include rival browsers, including Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome, on European releases of Windows 7. In exchange, it won’t be assessed yet another fine—EU regulators have fined... More »

New Sony Vaio PCs Will Include Google Web Browser

Facing Microsoft, search giant aims to expand market for Chrome

(Newser) - Google Chrome, languishing in the browser wars, will get a substantial boost thanks to a deal with Sony—which is shipping new Vaio PCs with Chrome pre-installed. Google is also talking to other computer manufacturers, the FT reports, as it attempts to weaken the dominance of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which... More »

Netscape Founder Reenters Browser Battle

Details hushed on RockMelt project

(Newser) - Stung but not discouraged by Netscape's loss to Internet Explorer in the browser battles of the 1990s, Netscape’s founder is getting back in the game, the New York Times reports. Marc Andreessen is funding a startup called RockMelt, which is developing a new browser of its own. “We... More »

To Appease EU, Microsoft Offers Browser Choice With Windows 7

Company allows rivals, settles antitrust case

(Newser) - Microsoft will offer a choice of web browsers to European users of the new Windows 7 operating system to avoid an antitrust fine, Bloomberg reports. “When you’re looking at ongoing fines in a downturn, it makes more sense to settle,” one analyst says. The EU says the... More »

Firefox Loses Some of Its Edge: Mossberg

It's not the fastest browser anymore

(Newser) - Mozilla's Firefox is still good, but it doesn't stand out as much as it used to, Walter S. Mossberg writes in the Wall Street Journal. The latest edition of the web browser, version 3.5, works well on both PCs and Macs, but "Firefox has lost its traditionally biggest... More »

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