Microsoft browser Internet Explorer 11

After a long “beta phase” open to the general public and not just a select few, Microsoft has finally made ​​definitive the latest version of Internet Explorer 11. You can download it at . For Microsoft’s browser is a version very important: while remaining firmly at the top the popularity charts, figures that accompany the release of Internet Explorer 11 are in fact much less of a Bulgarian time. Until a few years ago over 90% of the browsers used Internet Explorer, today we speak of “only” 65%, to the benefit of Mozilla Firefox . Opera, Chrome and Safari, no matter how interesting projects and excellent quality, certainly not thrive for their spread within Windows: Opera has long been voted the world of smartphones; Chrome owes its survival (and his reputation) to the giant Google that lies behind; Finally Safari is an Apple product, which runs on Apple systems, reflects the philosophy of Apple and only incidentally, at least so far, he peeped in the Windows world.

Where Microsoft corrects the shot Internet Explorer (in the text we will also call “IE”) over time has had several problems. First of all, has always been held up as a big problems with software security: ActiveX technology gives developers the ability to integrate into the browser real Windows applications, more complex than any Java applets or program Flash. However ActiveX technology can become a risk to the security of the PC, and there are many malware attempting to exploit it to the detriment of the user. This,

(Photo © Microsoft Corporation)

(Photo © Microsoft Corporation)

coupled with the inevitable existence of bugs in the code (but no more and no less than is the case in other browsers) is saddled with the reputation of a program to Explorer unsafe and too exposed to the risk of viruses. The second problem is compatibility with Web sites When it comes to Web standards, Microsoft said more law and, over time, became the IE browser less adherent, including those on the market, to the standards defined by the W3C, the consortium or which presents guidelines for the use and evolution of development languages ​​for the Web Put to the test along with Firefox and other programs in the category with the official tests of adherence to W3C specifications, the Microsoft browser it is often left with broken bones. Finally, IE is always found it a little ‘behind its competitors in terms of functionality: also because of the rather long interval of time elapsed between the release of a version to another, Internet Explorer has always been in the position of having to chase the ideas introduced by other browsers. It’s been that way for tabbed browsing, for the introduction of extensions and plug-ins and for the inclusion of certain security measures that can warn surfers in front of potentially dangerous sites.

The first novelty: Web slices of Internet Explorer 11

regains lost ground in all these respects. It is, as we said, a version of strategic importance to Microsoft, who Explorer 7 is not as successful as hoped. At this failure has contributed to the perverse relationship between each browser version and a special edition of Microsoft Windows: IE 9 was the browser of Windows Vista as well as IE6 was to Windows XP , and if it is still so used ( its spread is roughly identical to that of IE7) you must own for the failure of Vista. Always leaves perplexed to see how many users will “make do” in the browser that are found installed on your PC, without ever considering or updates thereof, or possible alternative programs. At first glance, Internet Explorer 11 does not seem so different from its predecessor.

The interface of the program has remained almost unchanged, but immediately after installation, one of the bookmarks invites to explore the Web Slice, one of the most anticipated new features. Web Slices apply the philosophy of the RSS feeds to web pages: it is content in the browser “subscribe” in order to constantly receive updates automatically. Instead of being a news channel in text format such as RSS feeds, Web Slices are real portions of the Web page, for example panes weather reports, photos or news of the day. The only limitation of the Web Slice is formed by the imagination of the developers, since they are services that need to be written and supported by the websites themselves. At the time of the Internet Explorer 4 and Active Channel push technology promised a similar function, but their success was very scarce. Today, the Web Slice could take hold in a more profound way, we are now accustomed to the contents that are downloaded automatically, connections to the Internet are often flat type while, at the time, the most widely used means of connection was the old analog modem on telephone line with costs dictated by the local rate in time, and the idea of a computer that was connected to the Internet independently was not so tempting!

In addition, the Web Slice will not be exclusive to Internet Explorer, but you can also use with other browsers.

They are called “accelerators”

In addition to the Web Slice, another (relative) new Internet Explorer 11 is the use of so-called “accelerator” programs that you can incorporate in your browser to rework in various ways the content of the pages open. Unlike Web Slices, which must be implemented by those who program the site to which they refer, accelerators are simple shortcuts, the shortcut keys managed by the user navigates. A very simple example. Navigate to a web page and you come in the name of a product with an accelerator, you can start a search on eBay to see if someone has put up for sale; with another accelerator can send a part of the text of the page directly on your blog; with others to undertake research on Google Maps , Facebook, on Flickr . All this makes it faster and interactive navigation between Web pages is a relative novelty, because in fact this is one of the aspects which, as we said before, IE11 “chasing” the market: similar possibilities are offered from time Firefox with the largest (and still unsurpassed) mechanism of browser extensions.

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