Microsoft confirms exploit in Internet Explorer 8 ( NeoWin 2013-05-05 )Internet Explorer 8 exploit blamed for attacks on several websites ( NeoWin 2013-05-06 )Internet Explorer zero day exploit may have targeted nuclear workers ( TechSpot 2013-05-07 )
( Not related to this topic but I know some people here are using MSIE )
Anyway ~yawn~ another day another MSIE exploit.
This one is only version 8 so far. It's still kinda funny to me how MicroZealots in the comments use this as a reason to insist we dump Windows XP and Vista and 7 in order to be able upgrade MSIE to the latest and greatest and most secure ever. I mean, that's a reason? How about simply dumping MSIE for everyday use instead of turning your entire computer inside out to accommodate their planned obsolescence. That's a much better plan. UPDATE:
apparently already exploited according to that 2nd story. Oh, and naturally there are utterings from mentally challenged NeoWhiners, this one implying that users of Windows XP deserve the exploit ...
ComScore: US smartphone OS market share nearly flat in Q1 2013 ( NeoWin 2013-05-05 )
IE8 = XP
XP = Trash
Eating Trash = Being Stupid
Punishing the Stupid = Justice
ComScore's latest survey numbers show that in the three month period that ended in March 2013, Microsoft's smartphone market share was only three percent in the US. That's a rise of just 0.1 percent compared to the three month period ending in December 2012. Google is still on top with 52 percent but saw its percentage drop by 1.4 percent in March compared to December.
Ouch. I almost feel bad posting these stories now, and WP8 isn't the real villain anyway. But news is news, and this is more proof of the fool's errand Microsoft embarked on. Now if they had simply left Windows alone ( the server and "workstation" versions ) and spent that billion dollars advertising Windows Phone, maybe with a new name, they might have a bigger chunk of that market. Read the comments there and at the other few recent stories from NeoWin posted above. It's pretty much quiet as a funeral.
For anyone that wants to examine these numbers in more depth, I have managed to save the last 15
consecutive charts for this. Maybe Jaclaz or others might want to do some statistical analysis. Click the Spoiler for the 14
previous charts prior to that most recent one above ...
( ... pheww, just made it. Apparently 15 is the picture limit in a post. I'll have to glue them together or something going forward. )
Note that their methodology is a 3-month rolling average and they compare two consecutive 3-month blocks so each chart update is covering 6 months total. So for example, that most recent chart above uses October, November, December 2012
versus January, February, March 2013
One thing that jumps right out is that in a year and a half, Microsoft has managed to lose
about 2.2 %
subscriber share. Yes, that is -2.2%
trend since they let the previous phone stagnate and moved to Win8. Great job guys.EDIT:
Edited by CharlotteTheHarlot, 07 May 2013 - 09:44 AM.