Yesterday, Microsoft launched a new wave of commercials aimed at educating consumers of their risks online. The ads, which debuted on FOX last night, can be watched here.
As Brandon LeBlanc writes on the Windows blog,
To prove just how vulnerable your personal information is, Internet Explorer 8 re-recreated notorious internet scams–live, off the web– in the most street-smart city in world… → Read More
Web analytics company StatCounter claims its latest global data set shows IE6 usage in the US and Europe has fallen to 4.7 percent of the market from 11.5 percent a year ago. That said, IE8 usage in the US increased to 30.5 percent in May (up… → Read More
Remember that online competition Microsoft Australia set up where they’d give away $10,000 to someone who found the cash, that was buried somewhere on the Internet? The aim was to promote Internet Explorer 8, and visitors of the campaign website as it was launched initially told users of other browsers to ‘get lost’ in rather rude way, which led to a Mozilla developer setting up a parodying… → Read More
The new browser wars on on. More than a decade after Microsoft killed off Netscape with Internet Explorer, competition in the browser market has never been stronger. Just last week, Mozilla released Firefox 3.5, which has now been downloaded nearly 14 million times. Earlier in June, Apple released Safari 4. In March, Microsoft introduced Internet Explorer 8, and Google came out with a speedier… → Read More
My esteemed colleague MG Siegler just posted about an admittedly quite in-your-face campaign from Microsoft down under, criticizing Redmond for a ‘pathetic’ attempt at trying to make people switch from using whatever browser other than IE they’re using at the moment in exchange for a chance to win $10,000. I don’t necessarily disagree – it’s fair to say there are far better ways to market browsers… → Read More
So, maybe you heard about Microsoft’s newest promotion to get people to use one of its products. If you download Internet Explorer 8 through this site, Microsoft promises to donate 8 meals per download to a group called Feeding America, which wants to end hunger in this country. Sounds great, right? Read the fine print.
Only complete downloads of Windows® Internet Explorer® 8 through… → Read More
So IE 8 is out, and a fair amount of people have tried it at this point. In general, the buzz is good, but there have been a couple of things that haven’t been necessarily ideal. The two main items that aren’t meeting up with people’s expectations are the Accelerators and the Web Clips. → Read More
You’ll be able to download Microsoft’s newest web browser, Internet Explorer 8, at 12PM Eastern time today (link here). Microsoft promises that IE8 “is one of the fastest browsers on the market today” and features new goodies like Web Slices, Instant search, and Accelerators – basically right-clicking on highlighted text to bring up a list of routine tasks like mapping, e-mailing… → Read More
The Beta of IE8 has been out since March, but that first release was geared towards developers and nerds. From what I’ve gleaned on the Interwebs and our own little CG chat room, it’s been pretty buggy and not very many geeks are happy with it and looking at alternative methods for their browsing needs. Some believe the brand is too tainted and that the final release of IE8 will still… → Read More
Here comes IE8, just like every IE before it. Nick MacKechnie, a senior manager on the IE8 project, blogged that webmasters should get ready for IE8 by adding special IE8 tags to their websites. The irony is that the edits to HTML needed to make sites compatible with IE8 are to tell the browser that you’re making an HTML-compliant page. Basically, IE8 defaults to wanting everything the… → Read More
http://on10.net/blogs/larry/21442/player/ There’s a beta version of Microsoft’s forthcoming Internet Explorer 8 web browser now available for download over on Microsoft.com if you’re interested. Most of the new stuff seems to center around right-click context menus. One such feature is called “Activities” which allows you to right-click on something to look up… → Read More
MIX has come and gone and Silverlight hogged all the spotlight at the conference, but the sleuths at Ars Technica pieced together what we should expect from IE8. Does anyone really care because I sure don’t. My feeling is that Microsoft isn’t proactive enough to seek out flaws or patch holes until they’re exploited, which leaves everyone vulnerable to whatever the Interwebs has… → Read More