Microsoft's own security chief has warned millions of people who continue to use Internet Explorer as a default web browser are placing themselves in "peril". The company, which first developed Internet Explorer in 1995, is no longer supporting new development for the web browser. Continued use of the software was potentially risky, according to Chris Jackson, Microsoft’s worldwide lead for cyber security. Internet Explorer has increasingly fallen out of favour for both users and developers amid the rise of alternatives like Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari, which have grabbed an increasing share of the web browser market. Google Chrome overtook Internet Explorer as the world's most popular web browser in 2016. Microsoft has been looking at new business ventures in its bid to reinvent itself and compete with Silicon Valley's incumbents. In November, Microsoft briefly overtook Apple as the world's most valuable publicly-listed company … [Read more...] about Stop using Internet Explorer, warns Microsoft’s own security chief
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It’s a new era for Microsoft. After dominating the early web with Internet Explorer and struggling to reach the same prominence with Edge, the company today announced it will be transitioning its browser to a Chromium-based platform in 2019. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Hard Fork Decentralized is our delightful new event It’s in London from December 12-14 Join us But Microsoft doesn’t just see the move as a case of giving in to the competition. By incorporating Google’s Chromium into Edge on the desktop, along with other sweeping changes being announced today, the company aims to improve its browser in a way that wasn’t feasible before. If you ask me, it’s a good thing for everyone. Compatibility is the biggest reason behind the change. Edge works well enough most of the time, sure, but with a fraction of Chromium’s adoption, developers aren’t nearly as inclined to assure their sites work properly with Edge. And … [Read more...] about Microsoft Edge is officially switching to Chromium in 2019 – here’s why that’s a good thing
Microsoft today confirmed the rumors that have been swirling all week. As part of a sweeping change to one of the flagship components of Windows 10, it will rebuild its Microsoft Edge browser from the ground up, ripping out its proprietary EdgeHTML rendering engine and replacing it with the open-source Chromium code base. Yes, that Chromium. The same one that's at the heart of archrival Google's Chrome browser. My colleague Mary Jo Foley has the details here: "Microsoft's Edge to morph into a Chromium-based, cross-platform browser." It's an extraordinary capitulation from Microsoft, which has spent nearly four years and a staggering amount of engineering effort on a quixotic campaign to convince Windows 10 users to ditch their current browser in favor of Microsoft Edge.Also: Windows-as-a-service fail: Microsoft keeps customers in the dark That effort was doomed to fail, because of a series of strategic mistakes. So what makes Microsoft think that they can convince the world … [Read more...] about Microsoft Edge: What went wrong, what’s next
Dec 05, 12:04 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Corazon Victorino 01/26/17 AT 10:04 AM As it turns out, Microsoft did not oversell its replacement for Internet Explorer. The Microsoft Edge browser has recently been found to live up to its tagline as the “faster, safer browser for Windows 10.” In fact, the relatively new program from the Redmond giant was found to be the safest browser when compared to its biggest rivals, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. NSS Labs, the leading information security company in the world, published a report about web browsers this week. The report focused on how malware could penetrate computers through the program. As such, the company emphasized how the web browser should serve as the first line of defense against malware. The study was conducted in a span of 14 days — from Sept. 26, 2016 to Oct. 9, 2016. The main goal was to identify the … [Read more...] about How Safe Is Microsoft Edge Compared To Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox?
The Trickbot banking malware has added yet another tool to its arsenal, allowing crooks to steal passwords as well as steal browser data including web history and usernames.The malware first appeared in 2016, initially focused on stealing banking credentials - but Trickbot is highly customisable and has undergone a series of updates since then. The latest trick - picked up by researchers at both Trend Micro and Fortinet - is the addition of a new module designed to steal passwords.This new Trickbot variant first emerged in October and is delivered to victims via a malicious Excel document. Like many forms of malware, the malicious package is spread via macros: the user is told their document was created in an older version of Excel and that they must 'enable content' to view the file. This allows macros to run and executes malicious VBS code which kicks off the process of the malware download.The execution goes through a number of processes, culminating in PowerShell being executed to … [Read more...] about This banking malware just added password and browser history stealing to its playbook