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  • Mozilla begins browser education campaign
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    Mozilla begins browser education campaign

    By 24 February 2010

    The Mozilla Foundation, who created and administers the open-source Firefox browser, has begun a campaign to educate web users about alternative options to Microsoft's Internet Explorer. The move comes in advance of Microsoft launching a ballot screen...

  • Microsoft offers family-friendly version of Internet Explorer 8
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    Microsoft offers family-friendly version of Internet Explorer 8

    By 9 February 2010

    While IE6 continues to give it headaches, Microsoft has announced a special kid-safe version of Internet Explorer 8 that it has partnered with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre to launch. Available for download now, the customised version...

  • Google dropping Internet Explorer 6 support
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    Google dropping Internet Explorer 6 support

    By 1 February 2010

    Google has warned that from 1 March, users may find that some older browsers no longer work with its Google Docs and Google Sites products. The search company named IE6 in particular as a target. Google says: "Many other companies have already stopped...

  • UK Government defends Internet Explorer 6
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    UK Government defends Internet Explorer 6

    By 21 January 2010

    The UK government has thrown its weight behind Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 following denouncements of the browser from both the French and German governments in the wake of Operation Aurora, China's attack on Google and other companies. The Cabinet...

  • McAfee releases China hack detection tool
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    McAfee releases China hack detection tool

    By 20 January 2010

    In the wake of Operation Aurora, the computer attack against Google and Adobe that originated from China, malware protection company McAfee has issued a repair tool. It'll allow any computer user to detect and repair any threat related to the attack that...

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer vulnerability warnings
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    Microsoft Internet Explorer vulnerability warnings

    By 19 January 2010

    Microsoft has announced a zero-day vulnerability that affects its internet browser, Internet Explorer, versions 6, 7 and 8.   Symantec explains in layman's terms this means "there's a hole in Internet Explorer which a cybercriminal can take advantage...

  • Microsoft responds over Anti-IE6 movement
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    Microsoft responds over Anti-IE6 movement

    By 11 August 2009

    Dean Hachamovitch, the chap who heads up the Internet Explorer team at Microsoft, has responded to the rising furor over the use of IE6 on the web. Many feel that the browser should be culled and users forced to upgrade. Hachamovitch points out that "the...

  • Microsoft announces Windows Anytime Upgrade
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    Microsoft announces Windows Anytime Upgrade

    By 31 July 2009

    Microsoft has announced the details of its Windows Anytime Upgrade option for Windows 7, as well as news of a Windows 7 Family Pack. With the netbook market an influential factor, the Windows Anytime Upgrade scheme sees Microsoft offering consumers a...

  • "Errant Ampersand" responsible for IE hack
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    "Errant Ampersand" responsible for IE hack

    By 30 July 2009

    Microsoft has admitted that a tiny coding error in Internet Explorer is responsible for a bug that hackers discovered and began to exploit earlier this month. Apparently, a single "&" was out of place, meaning that the code of an ActiveX control was corrupted,...

  • MoD has "no plans" to upgrade from IE6
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    MoD has "no plans" to upgrade from IE6

    By 24 July 2009

    The MoD requires its staff to use Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 browser, and has "no plans" to upgrade to the more secure IE7 or IE8 versions, according to parliamentary written answers received by MP Tom Watson. The majority of other government departments...

  • YouTube to lose IE6 support
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    YouTube to lose IE6 support

    By 15 July 2009

    It appears that YouTube will be phasing out support for Microsoft's still-popular-but-insecure Internet Explorer 6 browser. Banners have started appearing for IE6 users that say "We will be phasing out support for your browser soon". A number of upgrades...

  • Europe gets Windows 7 without Internet Explorer
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    Europe gets Windows 7 without Internet Explorer

    By 12 June 2009

    In response to the EU's antitrust case against Microsoft many years ago, the company has announced that it won't be bundling Internet Explorer by default with Windows 7. Instead, it'll provide an IE-less version to manufactuers, who'll then be able to...

  • Microsoft IE8 getting automatic rollout
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    Microsoft IE8 getting automatic rollout

    By 13 April 2009

    Microsoft will start to offer Windows users the chance to download IE8 via the automatic update service in the next couple of days. Although users who have already dabbled in the beta version of the internet browser have been alerted if they haven't upgraded...

  • Firefox nabs top spot in Europe
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    Firefox nabs top spot in Europe

    By 31 March 2009

    Last week saw Microsoft lose European browser market leadership for the first time in years, according to data just released from web analytics company StatCounter. In what will no doubt be cause for celebration from the thousands involved in the ongoing...

  • Safari hacked within seconds at Pwn2Own contest
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    Safari hacked within seconds at Pwn2Own contest

    By 19 March 2009

    In just day one of the annual Pwn2Own hacking competition, IE8 and Firefox were cracked within a matter of hours, and Safari floored within seconds. The champion of the day was a master's student from the University of Oldenburg, who made hacking all...

  • Google launches Toolbar 6 for Internet Explorer
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    Google launches Toolbar 6 for Internet Explorer

    By 26 February 2009

    Google has launched Toolbar 6 for Internet Explorer in beta saying they've taken in "back to basics" with the focus back to their core areas of search and navigation. Toolbar 6 gets a "Quick Search Box" feature that provides search functionality outside...

  • Microsoft delivers 12 fixes
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    Microsoft delivers 12 fixes

    By 12 August 2008

    Microsoft has issues 12 fixes today (yup - it's Patch Tuesday), including seven, which have been classified as critical. The critical vulnerabilities affect Internet Explorer and Media Player on all contemporary operating systems so Windows 2000, XP and...

  • Microsoft monthly patch set for 10 June release
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    Microsoft monthly patch set for 10 June release

    By 6 June 2008

    Three critical fixes will be amongst those in the next monthly patch release from Microsoft - due for 10 June. The three fixes will address problems with Internet Explorer, the DirectX application programming interface, and Bluetooth, the computing giant...

  • Internet Explorer 8 coming in August
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    Internet Explorer 8 coming in August

    By 5 June 2008

    A test version of Internet Explorer 8 has been out there since March, but now Microsoft has given a date to the next beta release. A "feature-complete" version of its Internet Explorer 8 Web browser will be made available in August, said the computing...

  • Microsoft releases test versions of Internet Explorer 8
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    Microsoft releases test versions of Internet Explorer 8

    By 6 March 2008

    Microsoft's MIX08 conference has now kicked off and the company used it to announced that test versions of Internet Explorer 8. The company's chief software architect, Ray Ozzie told an audience of web developers and journalists: "I know today that you...

  • PayPal: Steer clear of Safari
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    PayPal: Steer clear of Safari

    By 29 February 2008

    PayPal has dealt a devastating blow by stating categorically that internet users who don't want to get their ID stolen or their money swipped, should steer clear of Safari. The eCommerce expert has released its list of recommended browers and Apple's...

  • Firefox and IE7 vulnerable to password-stealing attack
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    Firefox and IE7 vulnerable to password-stealing attack

    By 23 November 2006

    Firefox 2 and Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 web browsers are vulnerable to a flaw that could allow attackers to steal passwords it has been found. Called the Reverse Cross Site Request vulnerability (RCSR) by its discoverer Robert Chapin, the flaw allows...

  • Microsoft takes its time in delivering IE7
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    Microsoft takes its time in delivering IE7

    By 14 November 2006

    Even though the upgrade to Internet Explorer is supposed to be “high priority”, Microsoft is taking its time in distributing it via Automatic Updates. The company has now said it doesn’t plan to push the browser upgrade out in the next round of...

  • Second flaw in IE7, claimes security firm Secunia
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    Second flaw in IE7, claimes security firm Secunia

    By 26 October 2006

    Danish security company Secunia has found its second flaw in IE7, to which Microsoft has responded swiftly. The flaw lets hackers put a fake web address in a pop-up window, and could trick users into downloading from what looks like a secure website....

  • Mozilla to release Firefox 2.0 tomorrow
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    Mozilla to release Firefox 2.0 tomorrow

    By 23 October 2006

    Mozilla is to release the new version of its Firefox browser, version 2.0, tomorrow on 24 October, just a few days after Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 7. The browser is Microsoft's chief rival for surfing the web, and claims up to a 30% share in...