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A leaked release schedule from Microsoft shows Windows 8 possibly arriving in 2011.  (Source: MSDN Blogs; Chris Green (former Microsoft developer))
Microsoft has plenty to feel good about these days

Microsoft struggled under a negative public image during the Vista years.  However, the work it did would help to lay the foundation for Windows 7, perhaps Microsoft's most popular operating system to date.  The new OS, which was released last October, was extremely well received thanks in part to an unprecedented public test program that saw millions download free trial builds of early versions of the OS and suggest ways Microsoft could improve it.

Now Windows 7 has hit a market share of 10 percent according to market research firm Net Applications.  To put those gains in context, Windows Vista did not hit over 10 percent until May 2008 – what took Windows Vista 16 months to achieve, Windows 7 did in a mere 5 months.

Currently, Windows Vista has around a 20 percent market share, while the nine-year-old Windows XP holds 60 to 70 percent market share.

Despite the emphatic success of Windows 7, the fastest selling OS in history, Microsoft is hard at work improving the operating system and its successors  Microsoft is reportedly readying Windows 7 Service Pack 1 for a June 2010 beta release and a September 2010 final release.  The SP1 will bring out of the box support for USB 3.0, one of the most exciting new computer technologies.

And according to Chris Green, a former Microsoft developer, Microsoft is already hard at work on the best-selling operating system's successor, code named Windows 8.  The next-gen Windows may be released on July 2011.  He leaked an entire release schedule which includes the upcoming Office 2010 and its successor Office 2012.

Microsoft also had some other good news to report.  In January 2010, Internet Explorer 8 became the world's most used browser, passing IE 6.  IE 8 currently has about a 22.31 percent market share worldwide.  Internet Explorer 8's gains have been partially fueled by Windows 7's success -- IE 8 is the default browser on the U.S. edition of the OS.  

IE 8 also has benefited from a recent push by Microsoft to get users away from IE 6 and IE 7, both of which have a flaw that was exploited by Chinese hackers to steal corporate data.  Microsoft is urging users to upgrade to the new browser.  Amazingly 20.07 percent of users in January still used IE 6 (many of these were likely business users).  Google recently announced that it would be phasing out support for IE 6.

Microsoft appears to be firing on all cylinders.  If it can continue its momentum with the release of Office 2010 later this year, it should be in a very favorable position at the year's end.

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IE 8 top browser
By BubbaJoe TBoneMalone on 2/3/2010 9:35:37 AM , Rating: 5
If Firefox was the browser included with Windows, I am pretty sure FEW people would choose to move to Internet Explorer.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By The0ne on 2/3/2010 9:39:25 AM , Rating: 1
Amen to that.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By Mitch101 on 2/3/2010 3:34:21 PM , Rating: 3
I use both IE and Firefox

I found an issue/bug with Frames that Firefox cannot display the frame or the information in the frame at all. The portion comes up blank in Firefox but fine in IE. Sure you can program this in but why not use the bug to my benefit. Because of this issue I included it on my administration pages of a website I run. So if your running firefox and try getting into my admin pages you wont even get the logon screen and if you got past that the user information isn't visible in Firefox. Doesn't even come up in view source on firefox. I hope they never fix this and I upgrade to the latest versions of firefox. The only way to access my admin pages is with IE. Every little bit of security helps.

Otherwise I use both but when I do dev work I use Firefox.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By reader1 on 2/3/10, Rating: -1
RE: IE 8 top browser
By retrospooty on 2/3/2010 10:02:26 AM , Rating: 3
" That's true. It's also proof that Microsoft's monopoly is harming society."

LOL - nevermind all my other responses to you in this thread. I now realize you are just an idiot and/or are just here to bash MS.

The whole world runs on MS software INCLUDING the factories that manufacture Mac's. MS gets a bad rap for alot of things, but you know what? Its mostly BS.

MS created an open software that supports 10's of thousands of different pieces of hardware from hundreds of different manufacturers. They do it all while adding in business networking functionality. The whole world runs on it, and my life id definitely made easier and more enjoyable because of it.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By rburnham on 2/5/2010 10:04:12 AM , Rating: 1
Please tell me your comment is ironic or just plain silly.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By BruceLeet on 2/3/2010 9:49:55 AM , Rating: 3
Well I recently introduced my girlfriend to Firefox and she was amazed by how fast and quick everything opened, I've even given her AdBlock Plus, which she really likes she never knew internet without banner ads etc. and she loves how much cleaner her Facebook I CANT get her pun intended.

Needless to say she said something along the lines of "Im never gonna use internet explorer again, oh my crack Firefox is so awesome"

RE: IE 8 top browser
By Noliving on 2/3/10, Rating: -1
RE: IE 8 top browser
By sabrewulf on 2/3/2010 12:43:21 PM , Rating: 4
Firefox is more established, better supported, MUCH more flexible, and has the superior ad-blocking extension. Firefox is also faster, in my humble opinion. But then again I don't spend all day surfing sunspider benchmarks or hundreds of unique sites, nor would I guess do most people. Firefox handles cached page loads much more smoothly than Chrome, at least to my eyes.

Chrome is nice if you need something that launches a little faster on slow machines and you don't mind doing things Google's way and no other (utter lack of UI customization options).

RE: IE 8 top browser
By quiksilvr on 2/3/2010 6:24:13 PM , Rating: 2
I agree to an extent. I do get tired of constantly deleting Chrome's cache, but that can easily avoided if you set Google Chrome to open in incognito mode by default:

Also, you can customize the UI and alot more on Google Chrome as well (not to mention Adblocking):

And Chrome is not a little faster, it is a magnitude faster. It's almost insulting to see a webpage open with advertisements nearly twice as fast as Firefox with no extensions or add-ons on except for Adblock Plus.

Firefox 3.6 is amazing. Its faster, it gives you easier customization and has better compatibility. But it just doesn't hold a candle to Google Chrome's ridiculous speed and simplicity.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By Byte on 2/4/2010 9:01:57 AM , Rating: 2
I always have about 7 browsers always open, for web dev and whatnot. But for pure speed from cache you just can't touch Opera 8 period. Try open up ebay, do a search click something. Now go back on fox, chrome, and opera. U will see.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By jonmcc33 on 2/3/2010 11:46:26 AM , Rating: 3
It's the Adblock Plus that is helping her surf faster. Firefox is quick on it's own but ads can really kill page load speeds. Take away those Flash and animated GIF ads and everything is blazing fast (with the exception of 56K).

RE: IE 8 top browser
By gavjof on 2/8/2010 11:52:08 AM , Rating: 2
I prefer NoScript and its whitelist approach. Both have the same purpose but I found AdBlock slowed page load times.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By putergeek00 on 2/3/2010 12:18:19 PM , Rating: 4
I introduced my wife to Firefox and not two weeks later she got infected by visiting a website. I went to the same website with IE8 and a HUGE warning came up telling me NOT to go to the site. So, Firefox cost me a few hours of work when IE8 would have stopped it before it even happened. :)

RE: IE 8 top browser
By sabrewulf on 2/3/10, Rating: -1
RE: IE 8 top browser
By wushuktl on 2/3/2010 9:51:01 AM , Rating: 5
who cares? It's just a browser! Can you argue that any of these IE8 users really not getting the full experience of the Internet because of not using Firefox? Are any of these guys not able to check their email or order their plasma TVs? Get off your browser high horse

RE: IE 8 top browser
By Taft12 on 2/3/10, Rating: -1
RE: IE 8 top browser
By ianweck on 2/3/2010 10:41:17 AM , Rating: 5
I just realized that whenever the topic of IE vs Firefox comes up, the Firefox users act just like the Apple users in the MS vs Apple topic. So, FF users = Mactards?

RE: IE 8 top browser
By Sazar on 2/3/2010 11:20:57 AM , Rating: 1
I think it should be fire-tards honestly ;)

Fwiw, I think a lot of corporate users still use IE, I know I do on my work system as I cannot use Chrome to access some internal sites. Same with FF when I used to use it.

So with the movie to Win 7, corporate users will also move that way.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By The0ne on 2/3/2010 11:43:08 AM , Rating: 1
It's actually Fck-Formating because when your nephew comes over and uses IE go to websites and there's nothing protecting him from them. It's a day not having to reformat or reinstall anything due to whatever the fck is out there that you can't clean.

IE8 has improved though but have limited experience using it. It's a matter of how fcked you've been with IE that's all.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By tastyratz on 2/3/2010 5:54:58 PM , Rating: 3
The biggest reason for I.E. popularity in the corporate world is centralization/manageability. I.E. ties neatly in windows and can be easily managed using the same software solutions, windows updates/wsus/etc. Its also built into windows and removes the need to support 2 different browsing systems.

Personally I prefer and use Firefox pretty exclusively, and I don't like I.E. Each browser has their merits and I recognize them... but to each their own.

end comments of non mac-like Firefox user.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By jonmcc33 on 2/3/2010 11:48:35 AM , Rating: 3
No. I use Firefox but I don't preach/force my opinion of web browsers onto others. If someone wants to use IE8, Opera, Chrome or Safari it will not make me lose a minute of sleep.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By 3minence on 2/3/2010 12:43:52 PM , Rating: 3
I agree, with one exception, and that is companies that use software that requires IE6. They have been holding back the internet and what developers can offer me.

I've used all the current browsers and like them all although I like Firefox (with AdBlock & NoScript) just a little better.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By acase on 2/9/2010 3:17:08 PM , Rating: 2
Totally agree...the company we are contracted for requires the use of IE6 for "security reasons". Ridiculous.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By theapparition on 2/3/2010 11:42:03 AM , Rating: 5
Better check your facts there. In the latest round of testing, posted here on DT, IE8 was the most secure browser and Firefox was actually quite weak in the field.

I use both IE8 and FF, and while Adblock is a nice addition, I don't find FF "leaps and bounds" better. So to say the FF is superiour is subjective at best.

I don't care what browser you use. Happy with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, IE, Opera, or whoseitwhats, I don't care. It's only a browser, not a life choice.

But don't spread misinformation.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By Targon on 2/3/2010 1:22:53 PM , Rating: 2
Secure is the key word here, but as others have said on the subject, bug reports for most browsers are kept hidden, so no one really knows how many bugs those other products have. As a result, you can't really go on the so-called official reports, because they are skewed based on a lack of information about most products.

The only way to tell which is the most secure would be to set up a series of web servers serving up pages with various known exploits and security holes, and then see which browsers allow the exploits to get through. I doubt that any of the people doing the so-called testing have actually done this to see which browsers are the most vulnerable.

The same configuration could also be used to see how well the various anti-virus packages keep people SAFE. Cleaning up after your computer is infected is a LOT more difficult than keeping the computer safe in the first place, and really, it is more important to know which products do the best job of keeping malware off computers in the first place.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By VaultDweller on 2/3/2010 2:22:48 PM , Rating: 2
I agree.

So does XKCD briefly when first waking up, but that quickly subsides:

RE: IE 8 top browser
By weskurtz0081 on 2/3/2010 10:11:38 AM , Rating: 3
I tend to prefer Firefox, but I find myself using IE8 a little more these days because FF can be such a memory hog, it tends to crash on me from time to time, and the occasional compatibility problem. IE8 seems to have caught up with FF for the most part, though I still prefer FF overall.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By inighthawki on 2/3/2010 11:01:34 AM , Rating: 3
I think a more important way to think about this is, how many people actually bother switching browsers? IE8 is probably sufficient for most people. What those stupid charts with IE8 at a dominate share aren't telling u is that 90% of ie8 users are using it because they DONT CARE what browser it is.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By therealnickdanger on 2/3/2010 11:26:39 AM , Rating: 2
What those stupid charts with IE8 at a dominate share aren't telling u is that 90% of ie8 users are using it because they DONT CARE what browser it is.

Not sure the charts are stupid. Reminds me of a time when I sold computers at CompUSA (in the 1990s). An older woman came in and I showed her a couple models within her budget that could get the job done. We're walking up to the register and she said, "Oh wait, I almost forgot, does this computer have Mac?"

... "Have Mac?"

Apparently, she had been using a Mac at her job for 10 years and this was to be her first home computer. Even though I showed her Windows machines and she picked out the Windows machine she wanted, she couldn't tell the difference. She was oblivious. I went on to tell her that Apple computers that use the Mac OS were a different item altogether and that she should consider sticking to what is familiar (because it was obvious she had no clue what she was talking about). I offered to show her one of the many fruity-colored iMacs we had in stock, but she just said, "Nah, I'm sure it will be fine."

I could probably go on ad nauseam with similar stories.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By inighthawki on 2/3/2010 11:38:40 AM , Rating: 3
I didn't say that people weren't oblivious to other browsing solutions, and weren't informed or anything like that. The fact is that even when giving that choice, they don't care enough to bother getting a new browser.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By therealnickdanger on 2/3/2010 2:30:38 PM , Rating: 1
Ah, I assumed the mysterious "90%" you referred to was the mainstream folks who wouldn't know they had a choice in the first place.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By jonmcc33 on 2/3/2010 11:39:46 AM , Rating: 3
True but Microsoft doesn't make Firefox, Mozilla does. Regardless of what the EU dictates from Microsoft, it isn't up to Microsoft to provide other company's products with their OS. Everything in Windows 7 was made by Microsoft or a company that Microsoft acquired.

The same goes for Apple's Mac OS X. You don't see them bundling Firefox or Opera with their OS.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By Jeffk464 on 2/3/2010 11:54:23 AM , Rating: 3
I know I definitely need firefox for the built in spell checker.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By Hieyeck on 2/3/2010 12:49:29 PM , Rating: 3
And yet IE would still remain a top browser - no other browser is AD/Group Policy compliant and corps would be sticking with it.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By killerb255 on 2/3/2010 2:57:44 PM , Rating: 3
Give me Group Policy support out of the box, and I'll agree with you...

RE: IE 8 top browser
By Shadowmaster625 on 2/3/2010 3:37:34 PM , Rating: 2
Firefox has got some very serious problems that they refuse to address. Try googling "Firefox loses connection and needs restart". You'll get an insane amount of results. I'll be surfing and all the sudden out of the blue nothing will load anymore. I have to close and save my tabs and reopen firefox. Then it works fine, for a while. Obviously if you're watching a video or playing a flash game, that crap is unacceptable. (As if it is ever acceptable.) But they refuse to fix the problem. IE8 is actually a lot more reliable. It crashes less often too.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By p05esto on 2/3/2010 7:31:04 PM , Rating: 3
Opinions. I'm a developer of 12 years and prefer IE8 against all other browsers. It feels faster, renders text smoothly and just feels more polished than FireFox for example.

But really, now that all browsers are so standards compliant does it even matter?

Wouldn't it be nice is there was one rendering engine that all browsers simply shared? The browser manufacturers could wrap their features around a single rendering engine so web sites would look the same to everyone. Why not? The core engine could be updated automatically from a single source whether the browser is 5 years old or 5 days.

....I can dream. shhhh

RE: IE 8 top browser
By DominionSeraph on 2/3/2010 10:10:49 PM , Rating: 3
If Firefox was the browser included with Windows, I am pretty sure FEW people would choose to move to Internet Explorer.

On two separate occasions after an XP reinstall, I found that Firefox 3.5 was my only working browser. Both times I used it to download IE8.

I don't hate on Firefox or Chrome. I just uninstalled Chrome recently after using it as my primary browser for about 3 months. I loved the screen real estate, and the speed of rendering was great. With Firefox, you have Adblock.
But neither had the day in and day out compatibility of IE8.

IE8 may bog down on an anime forum where it's rendering 50 animated signatures, and it may be a quarter second slower to show some pages; but goddamn it, you never have to swap out of it to do anything.

RE: IE 8 top browser
By Mike Acker on 2/5/2010 9:35:38 AM , Rating: 2
Firefox does not virtualize its tabs: all of the pages you are running run in the same address space. This puts Firefox a lap down, although knowing this you can certainly stick to one tab at time when you are on https type pages

RE: IE 8 top browser
By callmeroy on 2/9/2010 9:11:39 AM , Rating: 2
My first reaction is who give's a rat's arse who's browser is number one -- its a friggin browser, the most boring of all computer applications.

At this point in time I use both Fire Fox and IE 8 ...FF is on one of my laptops and IE 8 is on my "main" desktop.

They both do the job fine. It's a non-issue who wins the browser wars IMO.

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