It’s been a while since Internet Explorer has been the most popular web browser in the world. In fact, only a little over 10 percent of the visitors to Liliputing are using the browser — although our audience tends to skew a little geeky.
But there are plenty of folks who continue to use the browser that came with their computer — or perhaps even go out of their way to download the latest versions. Internet Explorer 11 will be the default browser in Windows 8.1, but now Microsoft has also launched a release candidate for Windows 7.
It’s faster and better suited to touchscreen displays than earlier versions of Internet Explorer, and Microsoft has been much better about paying attention to web standards recently — so there’s a better chance of content looking correct whether you’re using Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web,
- Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview hits Windows 7
If you’re the sort of person that goes out of your way to download Internet Explorer rather than someone who just uses it because it came with your PC, now you can use the pre-release version of Microsoft’s latest browser on Windows 7. [Windows Blog]
- System76 launches high-end Ubuntu desktop with Haswell
It’s not exactly small or cheap (two things that I know Liliputing readers care about), but it’s one of the most impressive consumer devices you can buy with Ubuntu pre-loaded (something else y’all seem to like). [OMG Ubuntu]
- Skype turns 10
Internet communications service Skype is celebrating its first double-digit birthday. It’s not the same scrappy peer-to-peer VoIP company it used to be. Microsoft now owns Skype and is baking it into Windows 8.1. But Skype is still one of the best tools for making cheap or free voice or video calls over the internet. [Skype]
- iTunes Radio launches… and isn’t that great (or is it?)
Apple’s answer to Pandora goes live today… and it’ll probably gain plenty of users because it’s backed into iTunes. But there’s no web player, and it doesn’t offer much that you couldn’t find from other services that have been around for nearly a decade. [Gizmodo] On the other hand, some folks seem pretty impressed with the mobile version of iTunes Radio. [GigaOm]
- Feedly’s online RSS service now powering 50 apps
The heir apparent to the Google Reader replacement throne isn’t just pushing its own online feed reader. Feedly has also released an API which powers apps by dozens of developers. That includes apps for pretty much every major mobile platform, as well as desktop browser apps. [Feedly]
- Samsung’s 12.2 inch tablet gets Bluetooth certification
Samsung may not have actually announced a 12.2 inch tablet at IFA as many had expected, but there’s mounting evidence that it’s on the way. [SamMobile]
- iPhone 5S meta-review (people seem to like it)
The fingerprint scanner and the new Apple A7 chip are getting a lot of praise as stand-out features. While it’s not clear if the move to 64-bit processing makes a huge difference at this point, the move to ARM v8 architecture certainly does. [Gizmodo]