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IE 9 was released last month. It requires Windows Vista or 7.

It looks like it is the most standards compliant web browser, via an extensive standards test suit which I have great respect for, which other browsers have had a disappointing response to.

HTML 5 conformance testing from the HTML standards folks.


IE versions prior to 9 have not worked on my web site for a couple years, due to requiring support for a standard from 2000 which IE lacked (XML content type). As soon as I heard IE 9 added support, I did my best to ensure that it works on my site.
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A new major security vulnerability was just announced:

"A remote, unauthenticated attacker could execute arbitrary code or cause a vulnerable system or application to crash." Microsoft Windows, Office, and IE bug: http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/techalerts/TA10-285A.html

This is where a lot of spam comes from. People running Microsoft software which has always been amazingly inept at security, that ineptitude is exploited, spam transmitting software is installed and starts spewing spam. Got anything on your computer you might not want the exploiters to see? They can see it. Ever type in anything you wouldn't want them to see, like logins to bank accounts, social security numbers, or credit card numbers? They can log that too.

You can try Ubuntu Linux without installing it, by booting off a CD (which is slower than a regular install). It's free and it runs on the same hardware as Windows. It doesn't tend to be so bad about security. Macs aren't as bad either.

Some Windows specific programs can be run under Linux via Wine.
darxus: (Default)
http://samples.msdn.microsoft.com/ietestcenter/

IE9 is expected next year. The first table shows it beating the other four major browsers at compliance. It also shows how horrible the current release of IE is.

From the HTML5 conformance column:

IE9:88%
Firefox:62%
Opera:68%
Safari:49%
Chrome:51%
IE8 (current release):0%


More exciting than the numbers, to me, is the test set Microsoft created for this.

One day maybe we really will be able to write one set of HTML pages for all browsers.

Update: I am now allowing access to my web site with the IE9 pre-release. It looks like nobody has tried it yet. (All other versions will ask the user if they want to save my web pages to a file due to massive standards non-compliance.)

Firefox bug for passing these tests: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=554013

Chromium (open source base of Chrome) bug for passing these tests: http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=49823
Closed as "invalid".

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