Development on the next generation of Internet Explorer continues, with the first public Beta development milestone of Internet Explorer 9 available for download since September 15th, 2010.

But while the IE team is now silent on the evolution of IE9, a third-party source claims that Microsoft is up to version 9.0.8002.6000 with the successor of IE8.

This detail remains unconfirmed by the Redmond company, an aspect which will not change, as the software giant’s policy is to not comment on leaks, rumors, etc.

In mid-September 2010 Internet Explorer 9 Beta Build 9.0.7930.16406 was released to the public, and in this regard, version 9.0.8002.6000 supersedes the original release of IE9. More »

New Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Images are currently available for download free of charge from Microsoft.

The company is offering XP SP3 and Vista SP1 virtualized, packaged as Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) files, that can be used with Microsoft’s virtualization solutions.

Each XP and Vista copy brings to the table a different version of Internet Explorer. The images are designed for web devs that are building sites and need to test their projects for compatibility with multiple IE versions.

“After a little delay, the Internet Explorer App Compat Testing VHDs are now available for download on the Microsoft Download Center. Like the previous set of images, these ones are time-bombed for 90 days and will expire on January 11th, 2011,” revealed Microsoft’s Pete LePage. More »

There is nothing like trying to work when your Internet connection is slow. It’s tougher to send email, more difficult to send files to co-workers, and it’s frustrating wasting time while you wait for web pages to appear. And even with the proliferation of broadband Internet connections, there are still times you may be working on a slow connection. You might be traveling, working out of your office, still using dial-up, or your broadband connection may be acting up. But there are things you can do.

This article will show you how to increase your productivity when your connection is slow. Many of these steps are also good tips for how to increase the speed of browsing and sending and receiving email. More »

Microsoft is gearing up to release patches for a record number of security vulnerabilities affecting a range of its products, including the latest iteration of Windows and Office.

The Redmond company will plug almost 50 security holes in Windows and Internet Explorer, as well as in the Office productivity suite and the .NET Framework.

The security bulletins will be released next week, on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 as a part of the software giant’s patch cycle.

“This month as part of our predictable security update process we are releasing 16 comprehensive bulletins addressing 49 vulnerabilities,” revealed Carlene Chmaj, Microsoft Security Response Senior Communications Manager. More »

20. Explore God Mode

Windows 7 has changed Control Panel a little, but it’s still too difficult to locate all the applets and options that you might need. God Mode, however, while not being particularly godlike, does offer an easier way to access everything you could want from a single folder.

To try this out, create a new folder and rename it to:

The first part, “Everything” will be the folder name, and can be whatever you want: “Super Control Panel”, “Advanced”, “God Mode” if you prefer.

The extension, ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C, must be entered exactly as it is here, though, including the curly brackets. When you press [Enter] this part of the name will disappear, and double-clicking the new folder will display shortcuts to functions in the Action Centre, the Network and Sharing Centre, Power options, troubleshooting tools, user accounts and others – more than 260 options in total. More »