It's the end of the line for Windows 8.0 and Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10. With Microsoft pulling support on them today, it's upgrade-or-get-hacked time.
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Microsoft Edge, the new browser Microsoft is rolling out for Windows 10, has generally been well-received. But there's a simple reason why it will take a long time before it really competes with its browser rivals.
Chrome has its canary channel and Firefox has its nightly builds. Now Internet Explorer is joining the frequent updater trend, with a new Developer Channel that will run separately to the mainstream IE release.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lifehacker regularly runs browser speed tests to see which browser runs the fastest in real-world situations. This is how we currently test browser performance.
Online electronics retailer Kogan is no stranger to novel pricing approaches, but this one takes the cake: from now on, anyone who visits the Kogan site using IE7 will be charged an additional 6.8% "IE7 tax" — 0.1% for each month since the browser was released — on any purchases.
We regularly test the four most popular browsers for speed, but what about battery life? If you're on a laptop, an extra 20 minutes can make a pretty big difference. Weblog 7Tutorials did a battery life test of each browser, and found that Internet Explorer was the most likely to give you a noticeable battery boost.
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.
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
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.
Private browsing is great for more than just porn (not that we're judging), but you can start a session or enable it really fast directly from the keyboard in any browser. Well, any browser except Safari.