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Microsoft Making Ultra-safe Gazelle Browser

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 24 comments

Gazelle being designed to avoid internet predators.

While the world is talking about Google's upcoming Chrome OS set to hit in the second half of 2010, Microsoft's also been working on a secret browser/OS project.

Microsoft's project right now is codenamed Gazelle, and like how Chrome isolates various elements inside their own sandbox, it too will utilize similar security features.

Multiprocess browsing, used by Chrome and even the latest version of Internet Explorer, separates each webpage/tab as its own process. That means that if one page or tab crashes, the other pages opened are more likely to survive, requiring only the offending tab to be closed. This approach is undeniably safer, but also more demanding on system resources.

Gazelle takes it a step further than current browsers by more finely isolating elements of a page according to domain. It's just another step in making everything more secure, which is always a smart decision when it comes to serious business like the internet.

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    lamorpa , July 13, 2009 7:16 PM
    "serious business like the internet"? What??
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    lamorpa , July 13, 2009 7:16 PM
    "serious business like the internet"? What??
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    eddieroolz , July 13, 2009 7:17 PM
    I like! When will they have a beta test?
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    Hanin33 , July 13, 2009 7:28 PM
    gazelle! why not The Thunderbolt Grease Slapper?
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    hellwig , July 13, 2009 7:29 PM
    Isolate data by domain? I told my browser to not accept cross-site cookies, and that hosed a bunch of sites for me. How are they going to seperate processing of the page by domain?
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    jacobdrj , July 13, 2009 7:51 PM
    You guys really like that angry sun graphic representing evil online stuff, don't ya tom's...?...
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    WheelsOfConfusion , July 13, 2009 7:56 PM
    I thought Gazelle was just a research project and not in the pipe to become a new product.
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    drunknmunkys , July 13, 2009 7:58 PM
    lamorpa"serious business like the internet"? What??


    haha. The internet is srsbsns!
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    jsloan , July 13, 2009 8:01 PM
    Hanin33gazelle! why not The Thunderbolt Grease Slapper?


    what about "Dumb Azz Users", that a better name, more descriptive of the problem.

    maybe instead of spending all the effort in the world on fixing what is not broken, why not implant electric shock device in web browser users and when they try something stupid we shock them until they learn better ;-)
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    Hanin33 , July 13, 2009 8:23 PM
    jsloanwhat about "Dumb Azz Users", that a better name, more descriptive of the problem.maybe instead of spending all the effort in the world on fixing what is not broken, why not implant electric shock device in web browser users and when they try something stupid we shock them until they learn better ;-)


    trying to fix the behavior of monkeys by way of other monkeys on crack is hardly a solution... can't fix the problem if the tools needed are also broken...
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    ColMirage , July 13, 2009 9:15 PM
    drunknmunkyshaha. The internet is srsbsns!


    But, it is :p . Do you realize how much the economy depends on it nowdays? If the Internet disappeared tomorrow it would be a catastrophe for hundred of thousands of people.
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    tenor77 , July 13, 2009 10:21 PM
    Ultra safe and they name it after a prey in Africa?

    Fail.
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    Raidur , July 14, 2009 1:10 AM
    Hell, if the internet disappeared there would be more suicides than a Green Day concert.

    After IE I don't know if I'll be using another Microsoft browser.
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    computabug , July 14, 2009 2:08 AM
    Copycats... >.>

    Microshit is copy-I mean, following, Google because Google is that good that they're a year ahead of Microshit. It just makes Google look better :) 
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    matt87_50 , July 14, 2009 4:08 AM
    if Microsoft thinks its such a good idea, why don't they build it into their OS! make it so we can make a "thread" that is more isolated. or give us better exception handling? they just seem to be blindly following google now
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    Anonymous , July 14, 2009 5:48 AM
    I use k-meleonCCF and now also qtweb (os). IE is, to me, on par with firefox in the cpu usage dept. FF still has memory issues as well. Believe me, ms NEEDS a new image. It's not that I dislike IE, it's just that I have grown accustomed to simply not using it at all. Plus K-meleonccf and qtweb are both better browsers imo.
    Sounds to me like an afterthought, but even so I would welcome a fresh face to the omnipresent IE.
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    Regulas , July 14, 2009 11:48 AM
    Typical MS, copy, copy copy the idea and if you can't do that steal it and if that don't work buy them out or sue them into oblivion. I wouldn't trust this new MS spyware browser, Chrome is just fine.
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    Netherscourge , July 14, 2009 1:17 PM
    They should call it "webWOW!"

    Like ShamWOW!

    And have that goofy guy talk about it on infomercials.
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    Netherscourge , July 14, 2009 1:19 PM
    The only way to make a browser 100% safe is to strip it down to the point where no scripts will run - which means lifeless webpages with no bells or whistles. Basically, a generic internet.

    But good luck getting sponsors for websites who can't advertise via scripts and banners.
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    p05esto , July 14, 2009 4:33 PM
    Ah MS bashers. These companies all copy each other. History has proven however the MS successfully builds on the ideas of others and then makes a superior product. IE became better than Netscape, Xbox became better than Playstation, Windows was better than Apple, etc. A lot fo ways MS did this. Who cares, let them all keep competing - consumers are the winners here fools. We need MS, Apple, Google, AMD/Intel, etc etc to all remain competitive and outdoing each other. Right?
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    descendency , July 14, 2009 7:21 PM
    So safe... it doesn't even connect to the internet!
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