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Explorer 8: Not a smooth transition

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Early adopters of Internet Explorer 8 say the new Microsoft browser is causing a range of unexpected issues, including missing Web content, system crashes, and Internet tools that don’t function properly. “I have just installed IE8 and still the search option doesn’t work. All I get is a blank line with no search box so what and where is the problem?” a visitor to Microsoft’s Explorer feedback page who identified himself as Aviramoff wrote on Thursday — the same day Microsoft formally released the product.

Aviramoff was among dozens of posters to report significant IE8 glitches. Another user, Bob, wrote that certain Web sites weren’t displaying properly in Explorer 8, including that of online greeting card purveyor American Greetings. “After downloading IE8 I cannot print any card from American Greetings. The message I get is, ‘An error occurred during the operation,'” complained Bob.

Microsoft has warned Web publishers that Explorer 8’s default support for some new Internet standards may cause problems with their sites. Explorer 8 includes a tool called Compatibility View that lets users view sites built for previous editions of the browser.

But some IE8 adopters reported that even pages built with Microsoft’s own Web publishing software, Microsoft Publisher, failed to render properly in the new browser. “I created my company’s Web site using the MS Publisher 2007 template. After upgrading IE7 to IE8 my menu tabs and many important images no longer show,” wrote a user named Phil Wheeler.

The news wasn’t all bad for Microsoft, as some IE8 users said they were more than happy with the product.

“In my first 30 minutes of using IE8 on my Vista Business Edition I am very pleased,” wrote Lambert. “The browser opens in a quarter of the time that it did in IE7. Normally I would not bother posting such an effusive comment, but IE8 is that good,” Lambert gushed.

Microsoft needs Explorer 8 to be a hit, as the company’s Internet Explorer franchise has been losing ground to competitors. Explorer’s share of the market has fallen from 75% to 67% in just the past 12 months, according to market watcher Net Applications, while competitors such as Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox have gained ground.

Microsoft to Release Internet Explorer 8 Today

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Microsoft is all set to release the final version of Internet Explorer 8 later today.

The final release of the browser comes almost two months after the release of the RC1.  While the feature set is expected to remain similar to the existing RC1 (which is still available for download as of now), the final version is expected to have ironed out all bugs and issues that is expected of a final release. It will be released in as many as 25 languages.


With the IE8, Microsoft aims to lure users away from advanced users who had migrated to more “secure” and feature-packed browsers. IE has been steadily losing its once unassailable market lead to the likes of Firefox from Mozilla and more recently, Google Chrome, which had more features and were touted to be more secure than the erstwhile editions of IE. Even now, a large chunk of Internet users still use IE6, which is two generations old now and for the same reason, is an obsolete browser.

Microsoft has devoted close to a year developing the IE8 which is obviously the most secure version of the browser ever. In fact, a commissioned report by Microsoft had placed the RC1 at the number one spot in detecting malware and suspicious content. The research was conducted by NSS labs and they had included the likes of Firefox (3.07), Apple Safari 3 and Google Chrome in the study.

Microsoft will eventually start pushing the browser through automatic updates. For those who can’t wait, it is expected to be available for download starting 21:30 hours India time today from the Internet Explorer homepage.

We will of course be taking a closer look at it a soon as we get our hands dirty – but we’re not expecting something radically different from the RC1!

Chrome : Google’s takes on Microsoft again

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Well, it appears Google is launching its own open-source browser (Chrome) sometime today. You can learn more about it by reading their informative comic.

Chrome, said Google’s vice president of product management, Sundar Pichai, is based on the same WebKit engine that powers Apple Inc.’s Safari, and like Microsoft Corp.’s new Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) Beta 2, sports a privacy mode that erases most evidence of browsing from the application when a session is shut down.

Pichai said that Google would post an announcement on its company blog when Chrome is ready to download.

UPDATE: In yesterday’s post on Google Chrome, we promised to let you know when it would be available for everyone to try — and that time is now. Visit http://www.google.com/chrome to download and start exploring. (For the moment, it’s available only for Windows users, but you can sign up on the download page to learn when the Mac and Linux versions are available.)

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. Learn about Google Chrome.

IE8 Beta2 gets on other browsers

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On Wednesday, Microsoft released the second public beta for Internet Explorer 8. If anything, this release brings IE up to par with alternative browsers such as Opera, Apple’s Safari, and Mozilla’s Firefox in terms of security and features. It also pushes Microsoft a little ahead of the competition.

The user interface hasn’t changed much since Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1, except to add a Security pull-down menu between Page and Tools on the main toolbar. In addition to blocking phishing sites, IE 8 now highlights the main domain of any Web site you visit. Thus if you think you are on eBay’s site and something other than ebay.com is highlighted, chances are you are on the wrong Web site.

IE 8 also contains a cross-site scripting filter, one of the first in a mainstream browser. Cross-site scripting allows an attacker to execute script on a user’s browser without them knowing. When the IE 8 filter finds a Web page with a cross-site scripting request, it changes the content on the page with a notice. Users are not presented with an option; IE simply blocks the malicious script from executing and then displays the rest of the page.

In another feature, known as InPrivate, Microsoft allows the user to suspend caching functions while you surf. The scenarios for using InPrivate include when you’re using someone else’s computer, like for instance, when you need to buy a gift for a loved one without ruining the surprise, or when you’re at an Internet kiosk and don’t want the next person to know which Web site you visited. While you can currently clear the browser cache with a mouse click, it’s an all-or-nothing action. InPrivate temporarily suspends the automatic caching functions, allowing you to keep the rest of your browsing history intact. Apple Safari has offered this feature for a while, but Mozilla Firefox does not.

IE 8 Beta 1 has already introduced several behind-the-scenes security changes. For example, ActiveX components will be installed per user, which eliminates the need for everyone to have administrator privileges. In addition, you must acknowledge or opt in for the component to run, eliminating drive-by downloads. Components will be per site and will only be available from the site of origin. Finally, site developers can request killbits from Microsoft which can be sent via Windows Update to terminate risky or outdated components.

Also, IE 8 Beta 1 included Microsoft’s own brand of malware protection. Earlier this year, Opera added Haute Secure malware protection, and Mozilla enhanced its Google and StopBadware malware protection in Firefox 3.

IE8 before year end…

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At Microsoft’s Financial Analyst Meeting Thursday, Bill Veghte, who heads up the company’s Windows and online services division, said that Windows 7 is progressing well and confirmed that Internet Explorer 8 will ship before the end of the year.

Beta 2 of IE8 is slated for release next month, with a focus on new features for consumers and IT professionals. The first beta — released in March — was focused largely on developers, and Microsoft said the long delay between betas was due to the heavy feedback it received.

Until Thursday, however, Microsoft had remained cagey about when IE8 would become available for the general public. Veghte demoed the updated browser to FAM attendees, noting that a final build will ship “later this year.” Microsoft hasn’t said whether there will be a third beta before IE8 launches.There are now two preparatory Web sites for building anticipation around IE8, the newest being a heavily revised Internet Explorer Developer Center on MSDN. This comes in addition to the marketing Web site for users, which continues to show pictures of IE8 Beta 1.

Veghte also discussed Windows 7 on Thursday, saying that “the product is tracking very, very well.” He didn’t discuss any features of the new operating system, on which Microsoft has largely remained silent, but said development was looking good.

Veghte expects Windows 7 to meet Microsoft’s commitment of “three years from general availability of Windows Vista.” That indicates it will become available to consumers in early 2010. Microsoft began talking about Windows 7 for the first time in late May, although hasn’t provided many specifics.

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