Microsoft has made available for download a new security tool designed to assess the attack surface of Windows operating systems.

As Windows platforms are being used, a variety of changes are introduced, more often than not, increasing the risk of attacks.

One scenario illustrative of this involves the installation of new software. Applications deployed on top of Windows manage not only to add extra functionality and capabilities that customers need, but also to introduce changes, some of which could represent security liabilities, or even be exploitable vulnerabilities.

This is why the Redmond company decided to share with the world an internal tool designed to catalog changes introduced to the Windows platform by new software being installed. More »

The ninth Beta development milestone of Firefox 4.0 is now available for download.

Although Mozilla has yet to announce officially the general availability of Firefox 4.0 Beta 9, the bits are already live on the company’s FTP servers.

Softpedia readers have been able to read about the imminent launch of Firefox 4.0 Beta 9 since last week, and again yesterday when Damon Sicore, Mozilla senior director of platform engineering revealed that Firefox 4.0 Final was due by the end of February 2011.

Beta 9 is toward the end of the Beta development program for Firefox 4.0, and as such, customers should not expect extensive changes, simply because there aren’t any.

According to the open source browser maker, here are the most consistent modifications compared to Beta 8: More »

Microsoft already confirmed one new feature for the Release Candidate of Internet Explorer 9, but apparently the company is also cooking some changes to the graphical user interface.

A recent video that made its way in the wild seems to indicate modifications to Tabbed browsing in IE9 RC.

Early adopters familiar with the beta development milestone of IE9 undoubtedly already know that the browser ships with a very simple UI.

This move is designed to put all the focus on the websites rather than on the browser, according to the IE team, and far from me to disagree with them.

IE9’s UI is certainly more subtle, and contributes to pushing the browser to the background and leaving site take center-stage. More »

Microsoft is offering details about the web standards supported in Internet Explorer via a set of documentation available free of charge through the Download Center.

Internet Explorer Standards Documentation is focused on final approved web standards supported by the company’s browser, and as such developers should not expect details related to technologies that have been embraced only in the upcoming Internet Explorer 9.

The documentation “does not restate variations, extensions and other details that are specific for each standard. This documentation details the variations and extensions from HTML 4.01, CSS 1.0, CSS 2.1, and other final approved web standards published by W3C (as “W3C Recommendations”), ECMA (as “Standards”), or ISO (as “International Standards”) as implemented by Internet Explorer,” the software giant explained. More »

It has been more than a month since Mozilla delivered the last development milestone of Firefox 4.0.

This even after the open source browser vendor promised that with Firefox 4.0 Beta 7 out of the way, the remaining Beta releases would be nothing more than routine testing Builds which would not take as much to put together.

But it appears that the development process of the next major iteration of Firefox is still far from a simple walk in the park.

Mozilla has only now managed to deliver a preview of the upcoming Beta of Firefox 4.0, the eight release, just in case users have lost count by now. More »