Posts Tagged ‘beta’

Windows 10 Builds Stop Booting when they Expire

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

If your Windows 10 Preview Build starts warning you that it’s about to expire, it’s not kidding.

Microsoft published several Windows 10 preview builds of its upcoming operating system that give interested users a preview of things to come, Microsoft much needed feedback and companies options to test software and services in the new environment. These builds are not final and improved builds are published by Microsoft regularly which update older builds to the newest version when downloaded.


How to Test a New Firefox Version Before Your Browser is Upgraded

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Do you need to take a sneak peek at the upcoming Firefox upgrade before actually installing it? Here’s how …

Whenever you upgrade your version of Firefox, there is a chance that things will break or work in a different way. This can be small things, like the change from a download window to a download panel, but also something bigger like the upcoming Australis interface or the switch from Firefox 2 to 3, and 3 to 4. In the worst case, you may notice that add-ons that you have used for years break, or that a theme or interface modification is not displayed correctly or at all anymore.


Google Improves Security of External Extension Installations Further in Chrome

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Third party extensions can be helpful sometimes, but they can also be a source of tremendous grief. It sounds like Google is taking the right steps to make sure third party extensions can’t serve as a conduit for malware.

Some call extensions the bread and butter of a browser. While I’d say that other factors play a role here as well, it is undeniable that extensions can improve the usability of a browser and browsing the Internet significantly. The popularity of extensions on the other hand has brought with it abuse of said system, usually for monetization or tracking purposes.


Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Update Improves Exploit Protection

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

This seems like a step in the right direction; even though this is just a beta/test version, those drive-by download attacks can be a real pain to get rid of.

Malwarebytes recently released a first public beta version of Anti-Exploit, an exploit mitigation tool for Windows that works very similar to Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit. The program steps in when exploits bypass the first and second line of security of a computer system. So, instead of allowing the exploit to run on the system, they are blocked from doing so by anti-exploit software.


Bins – Windows 7 Taskbar Organizer

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Aside from the high memory usage, this sounds like a pretty useful program …

Remember Fences? The program helped users organize their computer desktop by offering advanced grouping and hiding options. The developers of Fences are currently working on a new project called Bins, which they call a Taskbar Organizer. The main idea behind Bins is to merge multiple pinned taskbar items into one icon. You may have read about similar programs that utilize jumplists to provide quick access to multiple applications.


IE9 Beta Gets 6 Million Downloads in Two Weeks

Friday, October 1st, 2010

I’m kind of anxious to check out IE9, so I can see for myself how it stacks up to other browsers …

Microsoft’s web browser market share has been hemorrhaging ever since the first launch of Mozilla’s Firefox browser.  Now the fight back has begun with the, frankly excellent, Internet Explorer 9 and the move towards HTML 5.


Windows Live Sync for Mac now Available

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

This sounds like an incredibly useful feature for anybody who uses both a PC and a Mac …

Windows Live Sync, formerly Live Mesh and part of the new Windows Live Essentials 2011 Suite is now available for the Apple Mac, as reported by Windows Observer.  The beta can be downloaded hereas a .dmg file.


Opera 10.60 Beta Released, Fastest Browser Gets Even Faster

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

This sounds like it’s worth checking out …

Someone must have flipped a switch over at the Opera headquarters in Norway. The developers of the popular Opera browser have accelerated development of the browser over the last months.

The release of the highly acclaimed Opera 10.50 did not seem to have slowed down the developers who have now made available the first beta of the upcoming Opera 10.60.