Microsoft has been developing their new web browser, codenamed Project Spartan for some time. Now the company has revealed that the name Internet Explorer is also going to be replaced-- both in name and in substance.
Microsoft has provided new information on the reasoning behind the switch to a brand new rendering engine for Project Spartan, the web browser shipping with Windows 10. The new engine is a fork of Trident and eliminates swathes of code that have been in place for 20 years.
Microsoft has released details of its rumoured Spartan browser project, and confirms a move towards standards used by other, more modern, browsers.
The service worker browser feature holds promise for developers looking to make their web apps feel more like native apps. Running in the background and without user interaction, service workers enable advanced scenarios such as offline functionality, cache, background sync, geofencing, and push notifications.
Microsoft has released secruity improvements to Internet Explorer, fixing a vulnerablity that could allow an attacker to take control of a user's system. But according to Robert Freeman, manager of IBM X-Force Research, the issue was reported to Microsoft with a working proof-of-concept back in May 2014 -- and the issue is far older.
Bootstrap 3.3.0 was announced last week, along with a set of upcoming changes in Boostrap 4 alpha. One of the biggest changes coming soon is removal of support for IE8.
Google has added support for the
In their latest Patch Tuesday, Microsoft issued 9 bulletins covering a total of 37 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) spread across some of their products.
A new developer-centric IE has been released, named Internet Explorer Developer Channel. This build provides an early way for developers to test webpages and can be installed side-by-side with IE.
The Status.IE project provides compatibility information for 4 major web browsers, allowing developers to see which features are available based on the browsers they need to support. Microsoft has open-sourced both the code serving the project and the data it offers, making it easy for developers to further their own development projects.
jQuery will drop support for Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7 "somewhere in 2015", jQuery Foundation president Dave Methvin stated on the official jQuery blog last week. This change will go hand in hand with the release of jQuery 1.13. The release 1.12 will be the last one with official support for the named versions of Microsoft's default browser for Windows.
Internet Explorer 11 will not be able to properly run .NET Framework 4.0 based web applications due to an error in the browser detection mechanism, which can be either fixed by installing .NET 4.5 or by adding a .browser file with correct definitions.