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Category: Internet Explorer
December 16, 2008 at 9:59 AM

Unpatched flaw in Internet Explorer prompts calls to change browsers until fix issued

The BBC and others are reporting today on a security vulnerability in Internet Explorer 7 — though earlier versions of the Microsoft Web browser also have the same flaw — that has yet to be patched. Microsoft has been working on it since at least Wednesday, when it published a security bulletin explaining the flaw.

Update, 12:40 p.m.: Microsoft says it has a security update for this vulnerability. It will be released Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. via Automatic Updates and Microsoft Update. More after the jump.

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September 2, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Browser back talk: IE8 and Chrome

With last week’s release of Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 beta 2, and today’s Chrome browser from Google, the Web browser has been front and center in tech circles. Here’s a collection of links and to help answer a few questions I’ve received from readers and to put the Google vs. Microsoft vs. Firefox vs. Safari browser rumble in context.

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August 27, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Microsoft releases beta 2 of IE8; more from Firefox maker Mozilla

Read my story about Microsoft releasing a second test version of its next Web browser, Internet Explorer 8, here. Get it and try it yourself here.

For some added perspective, I talked with Mike Shaver, a founding member of Mozilla, maker of Firefox. He’s currently interim vice president of engineering. Rather than gloating about the success of the browser and the 15-plus points of market share Firefox has taken from IE in the last four years, he was glad to see Microsoft speeding up improvements to its own browser:

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