Watching YouTube videos on Internet Explorer in Windows 8 Metro UI

by Shijaz Abdulla on 20.09.2011 at 22:37

Windows 8 Developer Preview was made available last week and it came with Internet Explorer 10. Internet Explorer 10 can be started within the Metro UI and also in the desktop mode.

However, when started in the Metro UI, Adobe Flash plugin is unavailable and hence you cannot play YouTube videos. There is a workaround for this as Internet Explorer supports the next generation HTML5 capabilities.

YouTube now offers an HTML5 trial on their website. All you need to do is to activate the HTML5 trial using your YouTube account. To activate HTML5 trial, go to .

Once you opt-in for HTML5 on YouTube, you can start watching YouTube videos on IE10 in Metro mode.

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Browser selection screen in European versions of Windows 7

by Shijaz Abdulla on 20.04.2010 at 21:37

In case you’re wondering how it looks like.



The order in which the browsers are listed is random.

Source: "Microsoft On The Issues" blog

“Don’t use Firefox”, says German government

by Shijaz Abdulla on 24.03.2010 at 01:05

The German Federal Office for Information Security has recommended that users stop using Mozilla Firefox, less than 2 months after it also recommended not using Internet Explorer in January.

This recommendation from the German authorities came after a confirmed vulnerability was detected in Firefox.

What do I gather? If every government starts telling users to stop using every browser each time a vulnerability is discovered, I wont be surprised if one day they tell citizens to stop using the internet altogether! 🙂

Browser Wars: Which browser is most secure?

by Shijaz Abdulla on 18.03.2010 at 16:24

NSS Labs has published three independent studies on web browser protection against socially-engineered malware. The tests were performed during first quarter of 2009, 3rd quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2010.

In all three tests, Internet Explorer 8 was the only browser that improved its block rate test-over-test, successfully stopping 69%, 81%, and 85%. This shows Microsoft’s continuous commitment to strengthen security of our browsing platform against emerging threats.


As per this independent report, as of today (Q1 2010), Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 8 is most secure browser that can protect you against socially engineered malware.

Software + Services: MS Office apps on web browsers. What next?

by Shijaz Abdulla on 29.10.2008 at 08:35

Microsoft has announced that the next version of Microsoft Office will include applications that can be worked off a web browser. Microsoft is said to have confirmed that these applications will work on non-Microsoft web browsers like Safari and Firefox.

This initiative is consistent with Microsoft’s "Software + Services" vision. Software plus Services is Microsoft’s take on the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market.

From Wikipedia:

Software as a service (SaaS, typically pronounced ‘sass’) is a model of software deployment where an application is hosted as a service provided to customers across the Internet. By eliminating the need to install and run the application on the customer’s own computer, SaaS alleviates the customer’s burden of software maintenance, ongoing operation, and support.

With Microsoft services like Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and CRM 4.0, organizations big and small now have more choices in how they access and manage enterprise-class software – from entirely Web-based, to entirely on-premise solutions, and anywhere in between.

Having a variety of solutions to choose from gives customers the mobility and flexibility they need to meet constantly evolving business needs. To meet this demand, Microsoft is heading towards a hybrid strategy of "Software plus Services", the goal of which is to empower customers and partners with richer applications, more choices, and greater opportunity through a combination of on-premise software, partner-hosted software, and Microsoft-hosted software.

The web-based Office applications will be light-weight versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote. These apps can be accessed anywhere using a web browser from a PC or via a downloadable application on a mobile phone.

The Chrome logo

by Shijaz Abdulla on 04.09.2008 at 11:47

Similarity or Co-incidence?



Chrome is Google’s new browser.