It’s official. Microsoft to release IE update tomorrow via Windows Update


Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: January 20, 2010
Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: January 21, 2010

This is an advance notification of one out-of-band security bulletin that Microsoft is intending to release on January 21, 2010. The bulletin will be for Internet Explorer to address limited attacks against customers of Internet Explorer 6, as well as fixes for vulnerabilities rated Critical that are not currently under active attack.

This bulletin advance notification will be replaced with the January bulletin summary on January 21, 2010. For more information about the bulletin advance notification service, see Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification.

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Microsoft will host a webcast to address customer questions on the out-of-band bulletin on January 21, 2010, at 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada). Register now for the January 21, 1:00 PM Webcast. Afterwards, the Webcast is available on-demand. For more information, see Microsoft Security Bulletin Summaries and Webcast.

Microsoft also provides information to help customers prioritize monthly security updates with any non-security, high-priority updates that are being released on the same day as the monthly security updates. Please see the section, Other Information.

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for January 2010

Fixing remote redirect downloads in IE8

When you click a link on some web sites to do things like create reports, generate stats in file formats (Excel, PDF, etc.) the link redirects to a generated download, i.e., the download doesn’t come from the specific site where the link resides.  This can cause the download or report generation to fail.  And, there will be no error message – IE8 will act like its working, even open a pop-up window briefly, but then just return to the original web site screen.

You can add the site to the list of for Compatibility View, turn off the pop-up blocker, but the link will still fail.

Users will curse IE8, saying that IE8 broke their favorite web sites but there’s a quick fix.

In IE8:

  1. Click Tools-Internet Options.
  2. Click on the Security tab.
  3. With the Internet zone selected, click the Custom Level… button.
  4. Navigate down to the Downloads section and find the Automatic prompting for file downloads option.
  5. Enable this option and the web links will start working. You may have to close IE8 and reopen it in some cases.

IEBlog : Prepare for Automatic Update distribution of IE8


Starting on or about the third week of April, users still running IE6 or IE7 on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2008 will get will get a notification through Automatic Update about IE8. This rollout will start with a narrow audience and expand over time to the entire user base. On Windows XP and Server 2003, the update will be High-Priority. On Windows Vista and Server 2008 it will be Important.

IEBlog : Prepare for Automatic Update distribution of IE8

NetApplications indicates Chrome is losing ground?

Not that it had much ground to start with, but NetApplications has been tracking Google’s Chrome.  From their numbers, though, I don’t see much of a drop-off.  Except I do see that Safari gained some ground – which to me indicates that NetApplications isn’t tracking Chrome as well as they could since Chrome is misinterpreted as Safari sometimes, since its built on Safari code.


Weekly market share numbers:

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Here’s what NetApplications had to say in a recent newsletter:

Net Applications Global Internet Usage Market Share is tracking Google Chrome by the hour, as can be seen here: Chrome Marketshare by the Hour

While Chrome got off to an amazing start, reaching over 1% market share within the first 24 hours of its launch, the early adopters are fading. The trend line for Chrome shows it slowly losing market share day by day. Now, only in the middle of the night (for the US) does Chrome peak its above 1%.

Initially, Chrome claimed all of its market share at the expense of Microsoft Internet Explorer. However, as of last week, the Chrome share was coming fairly evenly from all the other major browsers except for Safari But, since Chrome doesn't yet work on Mac OS, that me be the reason why Safari is immune so far.

For these and other Global Market Share Statistics, go to

IE8 gets mixed up with slow connection pages

If a page you are accessing takes too long, according to IE8, it throws up the following screen…


I know that the specific page I am accessing is generally slow due to the several factors, but IE8 times out long before it should.  There has to be a setting or tweak somewhere that allows IE8 to wait longer prior to timing out, because as shown in the page it displays, it really could confuse those users who may think they’re Internet connection is down.

IE8 Beta 2 touted as a faster browser. But is it?

From a personal perspective, watching the time it takes for new tabs to load and then for the new pages to load in the tab, I’m a bit disappointed in the speed of IE8.  Even Maxthon, which uses the IE8 rendering engine is much faster opening new tabs and web pages.

My experience from testing Firefox 3.0 a while back, indicates that it is still the fastest browser available.  However, constant browser crashes and web site incompatibilities kept me from thinking seriously about using it long-term. 

So, that said, speed isn’t everything.  Still, the IE8 team needs to do a better job improving the speed and performance of IE8.

Adding a web slice adds a new RSS feed in MS Outlook

Hmmm…this I didn’t expect.  When you add a web slice to IE8, it also adds a new feed to MS Outlook (if you are using Outlook to read RSS feeds).

It also appears (and, I’m double-checking this) that installing IE8 also changes the update frequency of your feeds in Outlook.  If so, that’s not good.

Can anyone else confirm this?