Well it seems that Microsoft is tired of being the brunt of jokes about slow internet browsing, compatibility and… well just about everything else. If the rumors are to be believed they are going to strip down the render engine for IE 12 and push out two versions with Windows 10. The much leaner version will remove all of the bloat needed for backwards IE compatibility and focus on being a real standards based browser.
Mozilla recently launched a pre-beta version of Firefox called Aurora and brought a completely new user interface, greater customization of the touch screen, as well as some new features. Redesign project so far has been designed exclusively for the nightly version of Firefox, and it was in development for two years.
South Korea is an Asian country known for its high technological achievements, very high-speed broadband internet and widespread 4G LTE network, which reaches up to the tunnel subway in Seoul, but a legal limit makes the country dependent on past practice. 14 year old act provides that for safety all bank transactions and purchases on the Internet should be done through a web browser IE (Internet Explorer).
Data that was recently announced by Net Applications, shows that all Internet browsers still hold their place in the standings and seeing the comparison in the past 11 months, data shows that Internet Explorer has recorded a growth from 53.63% share to 56.61%, while Firefox fell from 20.08% to 18.29%, and Google Chrome with 18.86% slightly stumbled to 17.76%.
Whenever I read a headline that shows a company using very outdated software or hardware has been hacked; I find myself wondering if the people responsible for their IT and Finance departments are looking for new jobs. When it is a government agency it makes things even worse. Friday May 3rd I think things hit a peak as it has been revealed that nuclear researchers at the US Department of Energy had their computers compromised.
In only a few weeks Microsoft could find themselves in something of a bind as they appear to have forgotten quite a bit about security while trying to make sure that their new OS can work with their cloud services. Since the release of the “build” version of Windows 8 we have been picking through the way that it operates and how its system function. We have found more than a few items of concern; some of which have finally been fixed, others have not. One of our primary concerns is the semi-walled garden that Microsoft is putting Merto/Modern apps into in order to prevent the side loading of apps that are not from the Microsoft Store, but which also prevents proper malware protection from working.
Microsoft is in a bit of trouble over their decision to grant users in the EU the right to choose their browser upon the installation of the Windows operating system. Now I know you are thinking that they have already been in trouble for this before, so why are we bringing it up again? Well the issue is that with the launch of Windows 7 Service Pack 1… Microsoft just stopped allowing for the browser election. Yup, any new system shipped with Windows 7 SP1 would boot up just like the good old days (for Microsoft). Well the European Union would like to talk to them about it.
So Mozilla complains about Microsoft and suddenly Congress wants to take a look at Microsoft’s plans for Windows on ARM. Now we are not really surprised that Mozilla is complaining (after all that is what they do), but we are shocked that they are not complaining about Google and Apple at the same time.While we are not all that happy with the direction that Microsoft is going with Windows 8 and Windows RT they are not doing anything that has not been done by both Apple and Google on the same platform; the tablet.
When Microsoft first announced that only Microsoft based products would have access to the “desktop” mode in Windows on ARM (Windows RT) we began to wonder just how long it would take for Mozilla, Google, Opera and others to chime in about how wrong this is. We now have heard from Mozilla who seems to feel that this lock out from the desktop is nothing more than Microsoft being unfair to the competition and, according to Mozilla, is in violate of the promises Microsoft made to both the EU and the US DoJ.
Microsoft is doing the hard sell on Windows 8 features and in particular they have made a valiant effort to push past some of the bad press (and consumer grumbling) about Metro UI and the way many of the apps are locked down. We have talked a little about this and even touched on it during some of our gaming coverage. Although you can launch “desktop” applications from the Start Screen (The Metro UI interface) you are not actually running them there. The only apps that will run in Metro UI Mode are ones that are downloaded from the Microsoft Store. This limits the functionality of the OS in many ways. Sure you can get some applications to interact with each other, but even then there are limitations.