Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will unveil its new version of Internet Explorer as it tries to stem losses in the browser's market share.

Microsoft will unveil the test version of Internet Explorer 9 in San Francisco, Bloomberg News reported. The new version will load pages faster and support HTML 5 technology.

Internet Explorer has been steadily losing market share to browsers such as Firefox, Google Inc's (GOOG) Chrome and Apple's (AAPL) Safari.

"Based on developer buzz, it seems tech enthusiasts are more excited about IE 9 than any version of IE in recent times," Matt Rosoff, an analyst at research firm Directions on Microsoft, said. "We might start to see IE regain some market share from Firefox."

Internet Explorer currently has 60% of the browser market, from 74% two years ago. Firefox has 23% of the market, while Chrome has 7.5%.

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hemipwr54

Hm , my wife runs Linux and she is 50+ and a one click person , my mother in-law 69 years young uses it , if you learn on Linux you see it as easy , if you learn on Windows you see it as easy , same with Mac . I learned on Windows , but quickly saw it as a junk OS , started with Linux some 12 years ago and never looked back . Don't know about the Oo problem there , maybe you don't have enough system memory , can be that simple . Terminal commands are almost gone in Linux , try explaining cmd prompt to a Windows user same scenario , same response , duh , what . I am with you though , I like the obscurity of Linux , keeps the "Windows dumb it down for me crowd away" , at least for now , but Ubuntu is fast gaining on the "was made easier (dumber) for Windows user" moniker .

September 15 2010 at 1:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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themanindbox

Ubuntu is fast gaining on the "was made easier (dumber) for Windows user" Yeah that is unfortunate, because once Linux becomes popular it will loose its security. It already has like a constant stream of security updates, which most seem to be due to exploits in other software run on the Gnome backend. The OS is much better, more smooth, it is a "PAIN" to configure the wireless card and the Cam. But getting support to figure out the Broadcom drivers took sometime, but you can rest assure i will be holding these drivers on a thumb drive so i dont have to go through that again. Once you get the drivers, everything works, the flat file system is dope. But i am not going to lie, Microsoft is pretty good on the server side. The 2k8 server is smooth, fast, functional, does a good job in basic security. It seems like the table has turned, where the only great choice was Solaris, RedHat, or SUSE you now here more about windows 2k8. And where there was once windows NT4 workstation, 95,98,2k,XP you now hear about ubuntu..

September 15 2010 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
S-19

IE has a lonng way to go... Google Chrome is by far the best browser and is the most secure... and the fastest of all the browsers...

September 15 2010 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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themanindbox

Richard, Let me school you real quick, firefox is the best. It is supported by a bunch of top developers and includes some real good tools. Google chrome does something called live cache, which it is explained in the "agreement" that i am sure you just clicked OK to. What this means is that your use on chrome is recorded and stored on the central servers in NYC. this information is used to put those flash adds on the sides of your pages. But if you read carefully, all of your secure log in's are also stored on there server or in clear text on your machine. IE has the same security flaw with cachign in clear text. Firefox does not. Firefox will support encryption. It is also very important to realize a browser running on windows XP that is not IE is going to be slower. I dont care if it looks to load faster, if it does you probably have issues with your machine. IE is coded into the physical machine. Anything installed runs on a higher level, and will require additional memory to run. Chrome although a cool looking alternative, i would never trust anyone to keep my personal information safe that is out there to market you to flash add developers.. They have your IP, your personal information, and from the IP they know where you are... Just some food for thought..

September 15 2010 at 12:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jbjg24m

i agree, i just downloaded Google Chrome this morning and i love it !

September 15 2010 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hemipwr54

Uh , no kidding , gee didn't know you could run active x . Sarcasm Another porn user on the prowl . Yes there is emulator software that emulates a Windows environment but with that environment you introduce the flaws of Windows , true you can run Windows software but is it really worth it ? Linux has come a long ways , and is much much more user friendly than ever before , in fact once you see what a package management is and how to use it it is quite a lot easier than Windows .

September 15 2010 at 12:33 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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themanindbox

Hem, Im not disagreeing with you, Not a porn user, i am actually a sr administrator for a company that handles national security (Its slow today). But like in any office you have the person who uses excel and works with it, and on it since the days of windows 95. Now taking them to Open Office on Linux is not an option, as the excel program in Open office does not handle Huge Spreadsheets well. It usually freezes the machine. "Odd right?" Same hardware running XP and Office 2k3 is fine. Using wine with Linux i was able to fix the issues with the spreadsheets but again, a "NON IT" person not knowing what to do when there is no Start button is the person who is not going to figure out linux. As to your arguement with the packagemanagement, yes it is just as nice as add/remove programs, and in ubuntu 8.10 i like it more on linux. But it does not always work, sometimes you just need to use the terminal. So explaining to a 50+ year old office worker that barely grasps the concept of how the mouse works and thinks the scroll wheel is for decoration on how to use the terminal.. come on man... you should know that scenario.. Its just not where it needs to be yet.. Its getting there though... Additionally i dont want it to get popular.. Because then they start with the virus crap on it.. and right now it is a perfect little secret.

September 15 2010 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Grandpa

Internet exployer is pittifully LIBERAL!!! Any article they publish is extremely far left, union socialist, liberal, democratic supporting. Its pittiful that you can't have a program that is middle of the road in this "FREE" country anymore. Shame on BILL GATES and internet exployer! I wish he and it could be voted out like the democrats are going to be shortly.

September 15 2010 at 12:22 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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themanindbox

What are you babbling about? IE is IE it has always been IE. Firefox is Netscape navigator, which is free only because Netscape went out of business and made the source code open. Apple's browser is so plain, and insecure that running it is like scanning your license and emailing it to all users online. AOL owns some of the open source code for Firefox and uses the same base for its AOL explorer. You are completely off topic on this.. If you dont like the IE or Microsoft stay with your apple, and i will gladly LMAO when you get infected with one of the millions of published viruses for it and have to pay quadruple to get Crapple support. Enjoy! http://www.iantivirus.com/threats/ is a short list of known viral infections on Mac...

September 15 2010 at 12:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
hemipwr54

Micro$oft pay as you go plan , you never own the software and you keep paying and paying , virus protection , firewalls , ad-ware blocker , spy-ware blocker , defrag , on and on . Linux free , no need for all the extras , just load and surf , although one thing that stops a lot of people , you can't visit porn site with it , Active X does not work in Linux , so you can't see as much porn with Linux .

September 15 2010 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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themanindbox

Linux is to complicated for the typical end user. I tried to adopt linux as the base OS in my company but the end users cound not figure it out and it was a nightmare to administer as they needed help with everything. Additionally i am not ready to kill my servers for UNIX again. I dont disagree though, as i really like Ubuntu, Redhat, Suse, blackhat, etc... They are all great OS's.. FYI you can run active X if you compile the active X through wine using IE6.

September 15 2010 at 12:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

Could Linux be the software for the unemployed?

September 15 2010 at 11:01 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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themanindbox

Could be a new career for the unemployed, recently Solaris, and Linux Redhat have taken off in the market of server OS's. If you are unemployed and can sit a fiddle with it to learn it well, then start looking for your 6 figure job.

September 15 2010 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

They'll lose even more customers if we can't run our XP office programs with out an up grade! Man I bought the programs so they should let them run in Windows 7 ect with out working us over for our last dime in these hard times.

September 15 2010 at 10:59 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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themanindbox

You can run office XP on windows 7. I run Office 2k on windows 7 and it works fine. You just need to get XP mode for windows 7, then you can run anything you used to run in XP on windows 7.

September 15 2010 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
themanindbox

Sounds like you need a better IT dept...

September 15 2010 at 12:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply