Mar 192012
 


As millions of people now use the internet on a daily it seems browser choice is becoming a regular topic in online conversation. At one point in time it almost seemed as if no other firm would be able to compete with the ever powerful Microsoft Corporation, however recent years statistics have shown otherwise. It now seems that there is almost fair share of usage between the 3 major browsers on the web. Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome seem to have been more favorable as users see more diversity and functionality in these browsers. The truth is Microsoft needed something to fight back, and they might be hoping to do this with IE 10.

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With that in mind it seems that through the number of demonstrations already in place, Microsoft are really trying to master this product before its initial release, which is expected with their latest operating system Windows 8.

The New Features

With Windows 8 said to be a product with compatibility like no other, it seems Microsoft have attempted to follow this with the IE 10 browser. Internet Explorers tenth edition is said to be the first major browser to be developed for entire platform compatibility allowing people to use on their Desktop PCs, Smartphone and Tablet PCs. This has been ensured through touch friendly technologies that have been incorporated to the product.

Security

Security has been one of the most talked about topics in the browser world recently. With Google holding competitions offering healthy cash prizes to those who can hack their systems, Microsoft must try to keep up to ensure users that their product is not only good, but secure.

Microsoft has implemented a new and enhanced sandboxing technique. This takes any type of script running on the browser and moves it to its own low privilege process. This seriously limits the permissions of the code, and in most cases does not allow it to write to anywhere but the web browser, meaning your file system is safe and secure. Some attacks were able to previously exploit this system through their file read access, so IE 10 will also completely remove the rights to seriously enhance the Browser’s security.

Plug-ins

There has been a lot of talk about Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 include or excluding plug-ins. In reality we will not know until its final release however either decision can be beneficial. By allowing users to install plug-ins on their IE 10 system they will have additional customization features and in some cases functionality. The ability to customize a web browser is something that has been heavily used in the popular browser Firefox.

By disabling plug-ins inside IE 10, Microsoft are able to provide extra security and peace at mind as some browser plug-ins have been used to maliciously gain access to a host system. With both sides of the argument on the table it is even possible that Microsoft will release different version offer either solution.

Firefox, Chrome and various other Browsers are on the rise so an effective release of both Windows 8 and Internet Explorer could be what Microsoft needs to put them back at that all important market leader spot.


Justin Germino
Working in the IT Industry for over 13 years and specializing in web based technologies. Dragon Blogger has unique insights and opinions to how the internet and web technology works. An Avid movie fan, video game fan and fan of trying anything and everything new.
Justin Germino
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    This is nice option to apply because they are giving assurance on “”Security”” and offering plug-ins as well and i think which will be prove better for all than the earlier one.

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com/ Dragon Blogger

       @India trip Security increases at the cost of user experience perhaps, we all know that users prefer maximum convenience and don’t pay nearly enough attention or care about security.

  • yusufchowdhury

    @dragonblogger I don’t use IE that often! Only for testing.

  • http://technicallyeasy.net/ Technically Easy

    I mainly use Chrome, but do use Firefox on occasion. I find Firefox to be rather bloated at times, but I do like the number of plugins.
     
    As for IE, the sandboxing feature will be interesting to see in action, and to see if it is actually secure. The main problem with past version of IE is HTML standards compliance – or a lack thereof. If Microsoft can create a fast version of IE, that can easily support plugins (and they can be created easily), and is standards-compliant, then maybe people may switch back.

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com/ Dragon Blogger

       @Technically Easy I agree, they must support all web standards and full HTML 5 compliance.  Firefox still has some better debugging tools that Chrome but I barely use it except for testing anymore.

  • Shannon Stoner Foreman

    I prefer Firefox.

  • Dragonblogger

    I use Google Chrome, faster in every way than Firefox though Firefox still has more plugins.

  • Shannon Stoner Foreman

    Yeah, I like the plugins.

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