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The Pwn2Own contest is under way, and the first day saw Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer 8 all used to penetrate host systems.
Google has launched a plugin for Internet Explorer - Chrome Frame - which allows IE to use the Chrome rendering engine, and Microsoft isn't happy.
Microsoft has released details of an as-yet unpatched flaw in DirectShow - the second in a month - which leaves both desktop and server systems vulnerable to attack.
Browser developers Opera and Mozilla have accused Microsoft of anti-competitive behaviour over the Windows 7 update process, which resets the default browser to IE.
Although Microsoft has opted not to make IE8 an automatic install via Windows Update, users are set to be given a nag screen download offering the upgrade.
Microsoft has confirmed plans to introduce functionality within Windows 7 that will allow in-built packages - including Internet Explorer 8 and Media Center - to be disabled.
Internet Explorer 8, with its strict standards compliance, is due to ship to end users by the end of the year according to Microsoft. A second beta is also scheduled for next month.
The next public beta release of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 web browser won't be coming out until August, significantly later than testers were expecting.
September 18 2020 | 18:30
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