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Microsoft Edge Browser: Enhanced Security Built In

     
1:36 pm on May 13, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft has published security information on it's new "Edge" browser, which it claims is considerably safer.
When looking at all the ways a user's browser could be attacked, you can see why the list in its blog is quite long.
Using it's new Microsoft EdgeHTML rendering engine, the browser integrates with Bing Webmaster Tools to report directly over fraudulent certificates.

Here's something that caught my eye from the blog post.
So to make browsers safer against attacks, and just more reliable, it is important to create an extension model that is safer, by sharing less state between the browser itself and the extensions. Thus Microsoft Edge provides no support for VML, VB Script, Toolbars, BHOs, or ActiveX. The need for such extensions is significantly reduced by the rich capabilities of HTML5, and using HTML5 results in sites that are interoperable across browsers.

To enable extensibility beyond what is provided by HTML5, we are working on plans for a modern, HTML/JS-based extension model. We look forward to sharing more details on these plans, including guidance on migrating your scenarios from ActiveX controls to modern standards and extensions in the coming months.


There's quite a lot more in there so it's worth reading in full.

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3:53 pm on May 13, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, set up home in Chicago, found a mare on Stablr, brought up three healthy ponies and now eyeing the big field out back for his retirement years.
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I'm pleased to see this development going on, whatever you think of the company and it's business. As users we all need safer browsers, and as web developers, we need standards-based browsers.

With IE being a challenge for many, it had probably reached the end of life.

I'm happy to see a new rendering engine hitting the market.
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I might be wrong but no ActiveX = no functionality from most of Citrix
and what about, for example, Dell taking over a user's machine to fix ix?
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no ActiveX = no functionality from most of Citrix

= rebuild the App hosted on Citrix or Vanish.

Dell tech support(I am assuming you speak of Corporate) for Enterprise does not really do much, but opening incident tickets these days, and if lucky falls back on software developers, that fall back of their managers, and that falls back on a pretty much familiar situation that there is no budget.