Many of the country's largest companies lashed out at Microsoft this week, claiming that its decision to turn on the "Do Not Track" privacy feature in Internet Explorer 10 would "harm consumers, hurt competition, and undermine American innovation."
Meanwhile, a security researcher sounds the alarm about Internet Explorer's vulnerability to zero-day attacks.
Industry analysts say the move is good news from the company, which has been tarnished since its troubled initial public offering in May.
The operating system isn't the PC-centric product it has been since its inception -- it is a multi-platform offering that goes farther than anything either Apple or Google has attempted.
Microsoft Friday released an emergency patch for Internet Explorer to stymie active attacks that have been exploiting a bug in the browser, finishing a job it started only Monday.
Microsoft released MS12-063 out-of-band to address IE zero-day flaws, and a crucial update for IE10.
Microsoft has issued a one-click security workaround for Internet Explorer as a stopgap measure until the company releases a full security update for its Web browser on Friday.
Researchers from security vendor AlienVault have identified a variant of a recently discovered Internet Explorer exploit that is used to infect targeted computers with the PlugX remote access Trojan program.
Switching browsers will protect you from the current Internet Explorer zero-day exploits, but it's not a silver bullet security solution.