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IE users in no rush to discard old versions after Microsoft's support-stoppage mandate

Internet Explorer users were in no hurry last month to discard older versions of the browser, even after Microsoft told them support will end in early 2016.


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Latest Firefox adds protection against rogue SSL certificates

Mozilla added certificate key pinning to the latest version of Firefox to help stop hackers from intercepting data intended for major online services.

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Mozilla presses forward with new revenue plan, debuts ads in Firefox preview

Mozilla has added small ads to the new tab page of Firefox's roughest-edged Nightly build.

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Chrome for Mac to desert early Intel Mac owners by October

Google has advanced its 64-bit Chrome browser to beta status, telling owners of the earliest Intel-based Macs that they will soon be left behind.

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Chrome sings 'When I'm 64' on Windows

Google has released a 64-bit Windows version of Chrome, touting it as a performance and stability improvement over the six-year-old 32-bit edition.

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Chrome sharps up, dumps 1985's graphics technology

Google today updated Chrome to version 37, finally abandoning a 29-year-old Windows technology to display fonts.

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Many Chrome browser extensions do sneaky things

An analysis by security researchers of 48,000 extensions for Google's Chrome browser uncovered many that are used for fraud and data theft, actions that are mostly undetectable to regular users.

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Microsoft: Give IE another chance

In a wide-ranging "Ask Me Anything" chat on Reddit, developers and program managers from the Microsoft Internet Explorer team urged users to give the browser another chance.

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday updates focus on Internet Explorer

Microsoft has issued 26 patches for its Internet Explorer browser, including one fixing a critical vulnerability that would allow a remote attacker to gain access to a computer from over the Internet.

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Google ships 64-bit Chrome for OS X

Google has pushed the 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows to the browser's Beta distribution channel, and boosted Chrome for OS X to 64-bit on the more preliminary Canary and Dev builds.

Chrome passes 20% share milestone, locks up 2nd place

Google's Chrome browser last month broke the 20% user share bar for the first time, according to Net Applications.

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Workarounds to purge search bar from Firefox's new tab page are available

Firefox users who don't like the changes to the browser's new tab page have multiple options.

Chrome gets sharp after dumping 30-year-old Windows technology

Google last week said that it was finally ditching a 30-year-old technology to display fonts on Web pages in its Chrome browser for Windows.

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Microsoft's IE steps back from the brink of irrelevance

Microsoft has managed to reverse years of sometimes-sharp decline in Internet Explorer's user share and revive interest in the browser it bundles with Windows.

Microsoft debugs IE and Windows with Patch Tuesday updates

Another month of security updates from Microsoft means, once again, another round of fixes for the company's Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser, as well as a set of updates for the Windows operating system, for both the server and...

Firefox falters, falls to record low in overall browser share

Firefox's user share on all platforms -- desktop and mobile -- has plunged in the last two months as its desktop browser continued to bleed and efforts to capture users on smartphones fell short.

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Opera grabs prime spot on Microsoft's Nokia X2, but searches go to Google

Microsoft's newest Android smartphone, the Nokia X2, relies on Opera as the pre-installed default browser. But Opera defaults to using Google's search engine, not Microsoft's own Bing.

Microsoft releases a browser just for developers

Developers can try out new features of the next version of Internet Explorer using a test edition released by Microsoft.

Microsoft strips some Windows 7 users of IE11 patch privileges

Microsoft has quietly stopped serving security updates to Internet Explorer 11 on consumer and small business Windows 7 PCs unless the customer has successfully applied a browser update from April.

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