It’s not every day that you see an internet-based 3D engine pushing a game to virtual reality with one line of code. That’s what’s been demoed this week as HTML5 loomed over the crowd at Microsoft’s BUILD 2014 developers convention. It’s just one line of code with the Babylon.js 3D engine and a game is converted from 2D to fully Oculus Rift-ready.
Computer users are vulnerable to all sort of attacks that seek to steal personal information or install nefarious software on PCs. At times, the attacks target flaws in the computer operating system and at times, they target other software on the machine such as the web browser. Hackers have attacked web users recently using an unknown flaw in Internet Explorer.
Microsoft this weekend rolled out a few descriptions of how the voice and gesture controls will work in Internet Explorer for Xbox One. In a post on Exploring IE, the company explained that you will be able to say "Xbox, select" to bring up a voice command menu when the Kinect is on, followed by the command like "Browse to" or "Click on". Gesture support will also be speedier than it is for Xbox 360.
Microsoft has pushed out Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7, expanding availability of the latest version of the browser from just Windows 8/8.1 machines. The release - in 95 languages - will eventually be pushed out automatically, Microsoft says, with the promise of a 30-percent real-world boost in performance versus IE10.
Microsoft has announced that it is kicking off three bounty programs this month to encourage hackers to find bugs and exploitations. Each bounty program has its own cash reward, with the highest one being $100,000, and the lowest being $11,000. All three bounty programs start on June 26, and with two of them having an "ongoing" timeframe.
Microsoft loves talking about its Internet Explorer 10 web browser, but who can blame them? This time around, however, the company was proud to proclaim that the new browser is the most energy efficient browser out of the bunch, according to the Center for Sustainable Energy Systems at Fraunhofer USA.
Mount Everest and its region are well known, yet something the vast majority of us will never experience in person. That won't stop us from getting a detailed look at the area, however, thanks to a partnership between Microsoft and GlacierWorks, a non-profit from mountaineer and filmmaker David Breashears. Called Everest: Rivers of Ice, the project allows Web users to interactively travel through the region from behind their computer monitor.
Like something out of an Inspector Gadget cartoon, a new plugin for browsers called OTR allows users to send messages to other users that will self-destruct a few seconds after they are read, (hopefully) disappearing forever. The plugin was launched today by Lamplighter Games, a company run by two brothers who wanted to bring Snapchat-like functionality to Web browsers. We've got a demo of it in action after the jump.
Ever since officially releasing on Windows 7 back in February, Internet Explorer 10 has been slowly chipping away at previous versions of Microsoft's web browser. Internet Explorer 10 gained 1.35 percentage points in March, thanks to the release of the browser on Windows 7 in late February. IE10 is now at 2.93% market share out of all web browsers, with IE collectively bringing in almost 56% of the market share.
Tomorrow Microsoft will roll out an update to Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8 and Windows RT that enables Flash content to run by default. Such a move will ensure websites "just work," something Microsoft says it believes is a key part of improving the experience for customers. Some websites will still have Flash blocked by default, however, due to incompatibility.
The European Union has decided to impose a 561 million euro (a little over $731 million) fine on Microsoft for violating one of its rulings. The announcement was made today by Joaquin Alumnia, the EU's Competition Commissioner. The EU asked Microsoft back in 2009 to allow users to choose which web browsers they wanted to install on their machine. The choices would appear in a "Browser Choice Screen pop-up" when they first start up their PC.