Microsoft announced the release of patches to correct the security breach discovered in the browser Internet Explore. Meanwhile, the big earners, Mozilla and Opera, have reported a significant increase in the number of downloads of their browsers since the breakthrough.
As will be recalled, during the past week Announced the German government (Later also joined by the governments of Austria and France) that it recommends its citizens not to use the browserInternet Explorer in all versions (6, 7, and 8 versions), following a severe security breach that was discovered in the browser and was the source of attacks on servers Google recently.
The original design of Microsoft Office There was a patch Security In February, however, due to the great pressure that was put on it, mainly because the way to exploit the breach was spread over the Internet, and anyone with minimal knowledge could use it, it was decided to release the patch immediately and not wait for another few weeks.
In addition, Microsoft sought to prevent further damage to the image of the shaky first-Internet Explorer.
In contrast, Mozilla reports, The developer of the Firefox browser, has seen a sharp rise in the number of downloads across Europe, especially in Germany, where the number of downloads has increased by hundreds of thousands since the announcement of the breach and the recommendations of the governments of Germany, Austria and France,Internet Explorer. At the same time, Mozilla released this week the new version of Firefox, version 3.6, in order to leverage the image damage caused to -Internet Explorer and strengthen its position.
But Mozilla is not the only browser developer to benefit from sharp downloads - another developer marked as a significant beneficiary of the security breach is Opera, Which reported a tens of percent increase in its browser downloads, and in some countries the growth has doubled to the total number of downloads.
lately The battle got worse Between the various browsers, and since the entry into the market of Google's Chrome browser, the dense category has become even more crowded, and many browsers continue to bite into the market share of Internet The veteran Explorer, steadily declining.
It will be interesting to see how the security and image damage that caused the release of the new version of Microsoft's browser, which is expected to come soon, Internet Explorer 9, A version expected to further exacerbate the browser war, following the implementation of new features and many improvements such as hardware acceleration hardware, reducing the level of use of the processor, increased security and more.
Only time will tell if you can Microsoft Office To recover from the image damage, or perhaps this image shock that its browser absorbs will only hasten its end.
The new patch can be downloaded (and recommended) directly from a website Windows Update, Or by using the automatic update mechanism built into the operating system.