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Microsoft publishes Internet Explorer update

The latest Internet Explorer problems began last week, and Microsoft has confirmed that a fault in previous versions of Internet Explorer 10, could compromise the safety of users. Since then, the company has worked to solve the problem.
Initially, the company offered an interim solution to the incident. Although the company claimed that a very small number of users were affected, various experts and authorities considered the solution insufficient and recommended against the use of Internet Explorer until a better solution is provided.
This time, Microsoft has released an update that fixes the zero-day vulnerability that has created so many problems with the browser. With this, Internet Explorer claims to already be safe and protected against known threats.

Microsoft accounts for its online division’s suffering

Microsoft acknowledged on Tuesday that one of its biggest acquisitions in the Internet, aQuantive, is almost devoid of value.

The software giant admitted in a statement that “despite the acquisition of aQuantive continues to provide tools for Microsoft’s advertising efforts, this purchase did not accelerate growth to the extent expected.” Microsoft acquired aQuantive in 2007 for $6,300 million in response to Google, which bought online advertising company DoubleClick.

The Redmond giant was looking to expand the operation with its graphical advertising revenue related to the searches, reports Reuters, recalling that aQuantive was Microsoft’s largest acquisition to date, second only after the purchase of Skype by $8,500.

The company headed by Steve Ballmer has acknowledged that, despite the improvement experienced by the income of the online services division, which includes Bing (who has experienced a gain in market share) and the MSN portal, “expectations on future growth and profitability are lower than expected. ” Thus, according to Bloomberg, the non-cash charge probably means that the company will announce a loss for the quarter ending in June. Wall Street had expected Microsoft to submit quarterly net income of about $5,250 million, or 62 cents per share, on July 19.

Analysts like Colin Gillis of BGC Partners LP say, “online services remain the biggest drag on the company right now.” Still, Gillis continues to recommend the purchase of Microsoft. The company’s shares closed yesterday with a rise of 0.65% to $30.76, bringing annual earnings up 18.49%.

Final Tests for Windows 8

Microsoft has provided the latest pre-release version of Windows 8 for download. The following stage is the “RTM” or “Release to Manufacturing”), which is the approval for production of the installation media.
The Preview Release includes hundreds of visible changes, Internet Explorer 10, new apps that connect to Hotmail, the cloud storage service Skydrive, Messenger and other Microsoft services. There are also many new apps from other developers in the Windows store.The new features include better multi-monitor support and new security features. Internet Explorer 10 contains a preview of optimized low-power version of Adobe’s Flash Player. In addition, Microsoft has the function of Do-Not-Track (DNT) enabled by default. This tells the website that the user does not want to be tracked via tracking cookies.

Microsoft deliberately avoids the term “Release Candidate” because they are still expecting changes to Windows 8. This is unusual for a classical Release Candidate since this usually corresponds to the final version, and it is only changed when severe errors occur. The quality of Windows 8 has to be much better than the completed Windows 7, said Microsoft’s Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky in a blog entry.

Until it is completed, Microsoft intends to get more reviews and feedback from users. Microsoft also uses the Windows 8 Release Preview telemetry data to determine how the new system is being used by the test users. In addition, Microsoft views crash reports. The interaction with devices and drivers should be tested extensively with the Release Preview, such as the installation of drivers which can be recorded with the special installation programs of the manufacturers. With the use of the compatibility mode, Microsoft also intends to actively monitor the testing in order to determine if there are problems with software written for Windows 7.