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Friday, April 22, 2011

Google Toolbar 7 Adds A Little Google Behaviour to Internet Explorer 9

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.digitaltrends.com/comput...rome-ifies-ie9/

"Mimicking the functionality found in the Google's Chrome browser (or simple ol' Google.com), Toolbar 7 allows for Instant search results to appear when queries are typed into the Google Toolbar. This feature works with both IE8 and the new IE9. To enable Instant search, Internet Explorer users must click the "Enable Instant" choice in the Toolbar Options menu."

With a few simple clicks (download it here) you can add some Google Chrome functionality to Internet Explorer 9. There are a number of noteworthy features you will then have access to. These include Google Instant, which allows you to start typing in the search box and search predictions and results will appear instantly as you type. The Share feature allows you to share any web page with your friends or colleagues directly from the Toolbar. The Contribute feature allows you to read helpful information on any web page with Google Sidewiki. In addition, the Translate feature allows you to translate web pages instantly with automatic language detection. There is also "intelligence" built into the toolbar. Features you more frequently use will automatically appear on the toolbar as icons that you can easily access. Features that you use less frequently are moved to the "More" menu, tucked out of sight until you need them. Some people find these toolbars tend to clutter your browser's interface, but if you think the toolbar's features would be frequently used, it may speed up your browsing experience and increase your overall enjoyment of Internet Explorer.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Internet Explorer 9 Is Now Available For Download

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home Software" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/...14IE9RTWPR.mspx

"Microsoft Corp. today announced the launch of the latest version of the world's most-used browser with the release of Windows Internet Explorer 9 in 39 languages at an event at the SXSW Interactive conference."

Internet Explorer 9 is now available to the general public and can be downloaded from IE9's product page, Beauty of the Web. IE9 by itself is a very robust web browser and can definitely keep up with the likes of Chrome and Firefox if not surpass them. Some of IE9's newest features include hardware acceleration, improved security and Microsoft's Tracking Protection. When installed on a machine running Windows 7, IE9 really shines by offering integration features such as the ability to individually pin web sites to the Windows 7 Taskbar and thereby act as native applications.

You can read Microsoft's press announcement here and a great early look review by Engadget here.

Get your own copy at Beauty of the Web.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

IE9 Trounces Rival Browsers in Socially-Engineered Security Attacks

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 02:37 PM

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscent...r_security.html

"A new report from NSS Labs studies how various Web browsers perform when it comes to blocking socially-engineered attacks. The startling results show that Internet Explorer isn't just better than rival browsers like Chrome and Firefox--but leaves competitors completely in the dust."

I've been using IE9 beta on the Lenovo M90z and it's quite impressive; it has the svelte space-saving UI of Chrome, and apparently also has excellent security when it comes to protecting users from socially-engineered attacks. This is a nice win for Microsoft!


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Is IE9 Doomed Before It's Even Released?

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Software" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.conceivablytech.com/3001...-sabotaged-ie9/

"It may be Microsoft's biggest blunder since the brown Zune. Only Microsoft can shoot itself in the foot in such a silly way and it leaves us scratching our heads: What exactly are they thinking? IE9 will not run on Windows XP, has problems on Vista and now we learn that it will only run on Windows 7 with SP1 installed."

This is an interesting move by Microsoft if they do release IE9 with such strict criteria. With so many browsers out there, with so many different versions of Windows, not to mention other operating systems, can Microsoft really expect to get a large market share if it's latest version only works on Win 7 SP1? I think this could be a bad move and may well cost Microsoft the browser war. I see it as Microsoft trying to encourage people to upgrade if they want to use the new version, but surely they must know, people upgrade because they want to and because something is worth upgrading for, not because they are coerced. I have switched products many times because an app will only work on certain versions of software, and I suspect many people out there will feel the same way about this.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Windows 8 To Get An App Store?

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:00 PM

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/ne...a-in-august.ars

"A set of slides distributed to Microsoft's PC partners in April of this year has been leaked onto the Internet. The slides outline Microsoft's vision for Windows 8's hardware ecosystem: the form factors the software giant will be targeting, the hardware capabilities that will be offered, and the demands that these parameters will place on OEMs."

This is an interesting article from Ars Technica about the leaked slides detailing what will be in Windows 8. It appears that Microsoft plan to get on the app store bandwagon again for their main desktop OS and include a new Windows Store with the next version. This is surprising considering the failure of their last venture, Digital Locker, which was closed down last year. With the success of the Apple app store, and the Android Market, you can see why Microsoft are revisiting this and time will tell if it will be a success this time around. Also in the article is news that IE9 is expected to get a beta release in August which containsa new rendering engine as well as other features. Do you think an app store can work for your main desktop OS or is it really just suitable for the mobile market?


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Microsoft Shows Sneak Preview Of Internet Explorer 9

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Software" @ 02:00 AM

http://www.digitaltrends.com/comput...net-explorer-9/

"A publicly available platform preview demonstrates Microsoft's strides toward speed, compatibility and new features. Unimpressed as we may have been when Microsoft released a final build of Internet Explorer 8 a year ago, the company hasn't stopped toiling away on the most popular browser in the world. And it's ready to show off what its software engineers have been hard at work on over the past year. On Tuesday, Microsoft allowed developers to peek through blinds into its R&D labs with the release of Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview."

As the battle of web browsers continues unabated, Microsoft have set up a website where you can get a glimpse at their next incarnation of Internet Explorer. Microsoft are planning to make a number of new changes to IE9 including a new faster Java engine, HTML5 support, and allowing the web page rendering engine to utilise your graphics card processor to render your page, rather than your CPU. This, in theory, should make the whole web browsing experience much faster as it makes use of a resource in your PC that isn't really used much when you are web surfing. I look forward to seeing some real world tests of this feature and how it actually performs compared to existing browsers.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Internet Explorer 9 Demo at MIX Conference in March

Posted by Eriq Cook in "Digital Home News" @ 12:30 AM

http://www.betanews.com/article/Int...ence/1266426157

"It could possibly be at least as significant a technology upgrade as Windows 7 itself: the replacement of Microsoft's current Web browser -- and with it, its rendering engine for dynamic text -- with entirely new code for Internet Explorer 9..."

With the official announcement of Windows Phone 7 Series this month and Internet Explorer 9 at the MIX10 conference next month (March 15-17th, Las Vegas), it seems that Microsoft is poised to make a serious comeback in arenas not "captured as well" over the last few years. The next version of Internet Explorer is anticipated to be completely revamped, with a new dynamic rendering engine stated to be faster that then the most recent versions of Firefox and Safari. Full story...


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