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IE 7 and IE 8 Mess with Websites

I do not have words to describe the pain we went through with handling IE7 and IE8 on a recent release of a new website for one of our very important clients.

As always, we followed a very rigorous QA testing process and our QA team had signed off on the cross browser testing of the application, The QA team had tested the website on PC, MAC and mobile browsers. They had tested on Firefox (versions 2, 3 and 3.6), Internet Explorer (7 and 8), Opera, Safari and Chrome. This testing was done on different resolutions.

After taking care of all these variations, we confirmed to the clients that the website was fully ready to go live. The client also tested from a machine at home and said that everything was fine.

Then started the nightmare.

The client went to the office and tested again to realize that their entire left menu did not work. The best part is, it worked right on a few machines and did not work on a few. I tested on a IE7 machine and it was messed up, It worked fine on another IE8 machine.

As we continued our investigation, we found out that with IE7 and IE8, Microsoft has introduced a new feature called ‘Compabitibility View’. As per Microsoft’s explanations on Compatibility view, Compatibility view exists to accomodate those features that were used in older sites.

In addition, we noticed that Javascript was disabled by default in IE7 and IE8. It is very difficult to believe that Microsoft just decided to strengthen the security and make such huge change on Javascript related features. Many of the online users would not even know where to go to enable it.

This problem was solved by enabling compatibility view or by enabling javascript. We are still trying to find out the exact set of steps that happen when we enable compatibility view, so that we can try and see if we can programmatically enable it if required.

The best case scenario will be where we develop the sites, test it across standard browsers and it works without any exceptions. We do remember the nightmare we went through with IE6 testing and we felt better after taking the decision to discontinue support for IE6 and provide only on demand support for IE6 for the websites we develop.

Will provide an update after we investigate this further.

Google dumps Nexus One

Google appears to have conceded defeat to the iPhone in the mobile devices hardware market with its decision to stop selling its Nexus One phones.

Less than a year ago, Google had announced its entry into the mobile devices hardware market with its launch of Nexus One. Right after the launch they used their muscle power in the advertising space to show the Nexus One phone in front of every single person. It appears that the customers have shown their muscle power and reminded Google as to who the final decision maker on this market is.

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Microsoft – Yahoo announce new search deal

Microsoft and Yahoo have announced a new search deal, which is considered as a big news in technology space.

This partnership will make their combined search strengths as the best competition to date to the Google Search monopoly. Even now, Google controls over 60 percent of the search market share, but this partership might change that landscape.

The official communication below:

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Wii and IPhone – A Comparison

I got a chance to play with Wii last weekend and I should say it is one of the most remarkable inventions in the world of video games.

Since I got fascinated by the power of the iPhone and also the wow factor in Wii, I thought I should write about it right away.

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Microsoft to give Office Online for free?

There is news out that Microsoft is planning to launch two version of its Office product – a CD version and a online version. The best news is that the online version will be free!

Too good to be true, right?

I guess so too, but the fact is that Microsoft is trying to catch up in the online space and their strategy might well click.

At Auro Infotech we have stayed away from Office as we are quite comfortable with OpenOffice for a simple reason that it is free and does the job. Having used Microsoft Office also in parallel for over ten years now, I can say that MS Office is definitely a more appealing product than OpenOffice when it comes to richness of features. So if the news is really true, we will surely give the online version a try and see how it works.

Microsoft IE browser security issue and workaround

Microsoft has acknowledged the presence of a serious issue called Video ActiveX Controls allowing Remote Code Execution. This is primarily onĀ  the Internet Explorer browser running on XP and Windows 2003 machines.

They have also released an advisory update / patch on this topic which is available here.

At Auro Infotech, we chose an alternate strategy which has been working well for quite some time now. This solution is called Using Firefox with NoScript.

Those who feel it is necessary to use Internet Explorer, please remember to visit the Microsoft Support Site. Others, please try our recommended solution out and let us know if you think it does not work out for you for any reason.

Google OS challenges Microsoft

Google has announced that it is working on a Operating System to be called Chrome. This news has created a huge buzz in the industry. This operating system will be called as Chrome, which is also the name of its browser product. Chrome OS is tentatively planned to be launched in 2010.

This is the first time that Google is taking Microsoft head on in its territory, ie the Operating Systems. Microsoft Windows currently holds 85% of the market share and this will surely create a dent in this share.

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Website Recommendations – Web Hosting Talk

Web Hosting Talk is a leading discussion forum for web hosts around the world.

We recommend Web Hosting Talk website to any one with interests or inclination towards learning the latest aspects in web hosting industry. We hang out on web hosting talk quite often as it provides the latest scoop on all the things that happen in this industry.

Various aspects of web hosting are discussed on this site such as shared hosting, VPS, dedicated hosting, etc. I have seen experts in each area such as Payment Gateways, SSLs, eCommerce, Bandwidth providers, etc share their thoughts on relevant fields.

The nature of the audience to this site is small and medium web hosts with a huge number of new entrants coming into web hosting industry, hanging out there quite often. The exponential growth of web hosting industry around the world is primarily due to the proportionate growth in internet broadband usage and spread around the world, thus resulting in more and more businesses trying to establish a online presence. The industry is considered to grow to a multi-billion dollar one in the near future and that is one reason why big players like Amazon, Microsoft, etc are trying to get their hand on this pie using the cloud computing model, which is a logical extension of today’s web hosting models.

We have also spent some time on Web Hosting Talk in the past and believe that it is one of the ideal forum models for any business trying to build a forum based community online.

Do check it out and share your views here.