Windows 8: The death of malware? The death of anti-malware?

BetaNews: There is a lot of buzz about a recent set of tests by NSS Labs that show the Smartscreen reputation system in Internet Explorer 9 head and shoulders and most of the rest of the body above the competition in blocking malware on the web. I think the results of the test are even more important than they seem, considering previous reports that Microsoft plans to make Smartscreen a base part of Windows 8....

July 25, 2011 · 3 min · 559 words · Omid Farhang

Installing an Application Using Internet Explorer 9

Google Operation System Blog: I tried to download the latest Chromium build using Internet Explorer 9 and it was one of the most painful downloading experiences. Microsoft tries to protect users from downloading malware and uses a feature called SmartScreen Filter that “checks software downloads against a dynamically updated list of reported malicious software sites”. This feature was available in IE8, but the latest version of IE tried to improve it by analyzing application reputation....

March 20, 2011 · 3 min · 468 words · Omid Farhang

WebM Plugin for Internet Explorer 9

Google Operation System: Internet Explorer 9 will be released later today and one of the many new features is the native support for videos. Unfortunately for Google, Microsoft decided to only support H.264 videos by default, so you can’t watch WebM videos without installing additional software. To solve this problem, Google developed a WebM plugin for IE9. “They said elephants couldn’t ride flying dolphins. They said that one of the world’s most popular browsers couldn’t play WebM video in HTML5....

March 15, 2011 · 1 min · 156 words · Omid Farhang

Internet Explorer 9 is out, includes new security features

isc.sans.edu: Microsoft released version 9 of its Internet Explorer web browser. You can download IE 9 from windows.microsoft.com. Microsoft also set up a domain dedicated to the new browser: www.beautyoftheweb.com. Unfortunately, that site isn’t hosted under the microsoft.com domain, nor does it have an SSL certificate to confirm that it belongs to Microsoft. Using this site to distribute the browser goes against the advice of downloading software only from known vendor websites....

March 15, 2011 · 2 min · 222 words · Omid Farhang

Internet Explorer 9 hits RTM

TechSpot wrote: Microsoft this week reportedly signed off the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build of Internet Explorer 9. The RTM build is 9.00.8112.16421.110308-0330, meaning it was compiled on March 8, 2011 at 3:30 AM, according to Windows 8 Beta. A user by the name of sp3ciali5t has managed to post an image of the IE9 about screen for this build on Twitter. It’s in Turkish, but you can still the build number:...

March 12, 2011 · 1 min · 193 words · Omid Farhang

Internet Explorer 9 RC download link goes live

Before IE developers held a press conference in San Francisco to unveil the RC version of IE 9 this morning, Microsoft has released the RC for download here (x86) and here (x64). As expected, the release candidate includes much improved tab functionality, from the new square-ish visual elements, and moveable tab bar elements to increase customization. It also includes features that enable a user to refuse tracking from advertisers....

February 11, 2011 · 1 min · 126 words · Omid Farhang

Internet Explorer 9 will feature "do not track" functionality

BetaNews: In light of the recent rash of “history sniffing” bugs and the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed “do not track” list, Microsoft today announced that release candidate of Internet Explorer 9 will feature a new tracking protection setting that will keep a user’s browsing habits private from sites looking to harvest browser histories. The new feature of IE9 will let users opt out of sharing their browser information with sites they may not know or necessarily trust....

December 8, 2010 · 2 min · 240 words · Omid Farhang