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Old 12-17-2008, 12:28 AM   #6
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Default Re: Internet Explorer users under attack


It's not Just I.E. as a browser you have to worry about. I use firefox but this article from our local Computer magazine "Netguide" talks about bugs with I.E. Google's new browser and Firefox.

Bugs found in top browsers
Written by NetGuide Contributor

Three leading Web browsers are filled with bugs, some of which require urgent attention.

That conclusion was reached in a month of testing conducted by the online software testing community uTest (

More than 1300 testers from 68 countries tested the Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3.1 (beta) and Google Chrome browsers for a month in a test called The Bug Battle.

The final results included:

• A total of 672 bugs were found. The uTest community identified 101 of those bugs as "showstoppers," which are defined as flaws in need of immediate attention.

• 356 uTesters evaluated Internet Explorer 8 and identified 168 bugs, including nine percent that were classified as showstoppers.

• 514 uTesters evaluated Firefox 3.1 beta and identified 207 bugs, including 24% that were classified as showstoppers.

• 461 uTesters evaluated Chrome and identified 297 bugs, including 12% that were classified as showstoppers.

Testers who reported the most valuable bugs and provided the best feedback were awarded cash prizes. The best overall tester won $US1000.

As part of the contest, uTest also conducted a survey of Bug Battle participants. Some of the top-line findings include:

• Of 356 uTesters who evaluated Internet Explorer, 87% rated its usability as fair or good, with none rating IE usability as excellent.

• Of 514 uTesters who evaluated Firefox, 81% rated its usability as fair or good, with an additional 16% rating its usability as excellent.

• Of 461 uTesters who evaluated Chrome, 74% rated its usability as fair or good, with another 10% rating Chrome’s usability as excellent.

When asked what their preferred browser was, more than half (55%) named Firefox; nearly a third (30%) said IE; and six percent preferred the newly released Chrome.

uTest will hold the Bug Battle on a quarterly basis, evaluating different applications or popular Web sites each time. The company will solicit recommendations for future Bug Battle subjects on its Web site.

More detailed results from this first Bug Battle can be found at

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