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Compatibility testing for older versions of Internet Explorer can be a nuisance, and doubly so if you're on a non-Windows platform. Handily, Microsoft provides free virtual machine (VM) images of Windows running specific IE versions that you can use in your hypervisor of choice, and the recent addition of IE 11 to the set seems a good reason to revisit that option.

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Hover was originally included as a bonus game on the CD-ROM version of Windows 95. Microsoft has recreated it as an updated online game to demonstrate the capabilities of Internet Explorer 11 — but that game also includes a hidden Easter Egg that recreates the Windows 95 version.

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For companies forced to use older versions of Internet Explorer to access badly-written online apps, the Chrome frame plug-in, which modernised older versions of IE, was a handy option. However, that option won't be available much longer: Google is retiring the product in January 2014.

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Having to ensure that your code works across multiple browsers is often a painful task, especially when you're trying to deal with older versions of Internet Explorer that have survived everyone's best attempts to force users to upgrade. But take heart: even Microsoft eventually gives up on supporting older versions of IE with its own products, as a recent update to its software lifecycle management product Team Foundation Server makes clear.

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Internet Explorer remains a widely-used browser, but testing for compatibility can be a pain if you're on a non-Windows machine or prefer to stay inside another browser. The recently-launched modern.IE site helps test sites for IE compatibility, letting you enter any site address and receive suggestions on how to ensure it renders in IE.

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File this under "slightly sneaky": in Windows 8, there are two versions of Internet Explorer: one using the shiny new Metro interface, and a desktop version that looks more like the current release (and works on low-res screens). You can control which version gets launched, but only if you choose to make IE your default browser.

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This should have happened long ago: Microsoft is going to begin automatically upgrading all users of Internet Explorer to the newest available version for their OS as part of its update process, rather than letting them foolishly stick with the insecure, bug-ridden nightmare that is IE6. Australia will be one of the first two countries in the world to see the update switch, with the process kicking off in January

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A new Google-funded study of browser security by security research firm Accuvant Labs crowned Chrome the champion of security features, and ranked Firefox below Internet Explorer in terms of protection available from web-borne Predictably, Microsoft and Mozilla have different opinions on what makes a browser secure, and why Accuvant's findings are off base. All of this got us thinking about which browser is the most secure, and whether the security features listed in studies like this even matter to the rest of us.

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While Internet Explorer 9 does a more efficient job than its predecessors of identifying troublesome add-ons, sometimes it will still refuse to load because of a weirdly-coded add-on. If that happens to you, you can start IE in stripped-down mode from the command line.