1. Rise Of HTML5 Mobile Platforms
FRAMINGHAM – Microsoft on Monday issued a security advisory that confirmed in-the-wild attacks are exploiting an unpatched bug in Internet Explorer. The software maker is working on a fix. The advisory addressed the “zero-day” vulnerability — meaning it was discovered and exploited before a patch was available — that was found and disclosed by researcher Eric Romang over the weekend. On Monday, the Metasploit open-source penetration framework published an exploit module for the bug, putting pressure on Microsoft to act quickly.
Google’s Chrome is now the most popular Web browser worldwide, surpassing Microsoft’s Internet Explorer for the first time, according to the latest figures from StatCounter. After years of slowly chipping away Internet Explorer’s market share, Chrome took the lead with 32.76 percent share, while IE dipped to 31.94 percent.
Just a year ago, Internet Explorer was leading the Web browser market share with 43 percent, followed by Mozilla Firefox with 29 percent, and Chrome was third with 19 percent. Twelve months later, IE has lost 12 percent of the browser market share while Chrome gained 13 percent to the detriment of IE and Firefox, which also lost about 4 percent of its users and now comes in at just over 25 percent.
The latest version of Microsoft’s browser is fast, lean and means business.
Computerworld (US), 3/16/11
Computerworld – Throw away what you think you know about Internet Explorer — because the just-released IE9 will turn it all on its ear. Think IE is sluggish? Think again, because according to SunSpider tests, it rivals or beats the speed demons Chrome and Opera. Believe that IE sports a tired-looking interface? No longer — it now has the same type of stripped-down look that Chrome originated, and that the latest version of Firefox uses as well.
IE9 (available only for Vista and Windows 7) also introduces other goodies, such as HTML5 support, Windows 7 integration, a double-duty address bar and more. It’s clearly Microsoft’s best shot at stopping the erosion of its market share by rivals Firefox and Chrome.
Week of 3/14/11
The Japan quake could have long lasting impact on the tech industry, Microsoft introduces a new Internet Explorer, and the time change in the US causes some problems. These stories and more from Nick Barber of the IDG News Service……
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