Internet Explorer's 15th: More than a driver's permit

Internet Explorer turns 15, Firefox and Chrome do beta, and internet security gets an upgrade.

Monday was a bittersweet day for Microsoft. Its cyberbrainchild Internet Explorer turned 15, and it's not all birthday cakes and candles as the Web browser continues to battle competition from Chrome and Firefox. With the release of IE9 just around the corner, it will be interesting to see what juicy new upgrades the new version will offer.

In more browser news, things have been going swimmingly for Google Chrome, whose beta got a major upgrade last week. Now resembling the developer's build even more, the beta version features changes to the interface and improved synchronization, among other things. Not only is Chrome upgrading like crazy, but also newer extensions are becoming available by the minute. Among these, Chrome to Phone and TabSense are making life that much easier for avid Chrome users. Firefox 4 also saw a new beta release, which makes some important changes to its JavaScript handling without modifying the interface.

Some more tech tidbits for the week include IM+ for the Web, which brings multichat to your browser, and Freemake Video Converter, which converts a plethora of different file types. Finally, for those of you still hunting for security software, be sure to check out Kaspersky Internet Security 2011. The latest version includes a new tool for cleaning already-infected computers, a system watcher, location filter, and expansion of the program's sandboxing feature.

Not to end on a sad note, but it is time for me to bid farewell to you loyal Download Dispatchers. My summer internship is coming to a close and it has been a pleasure illuminating your minds with the latest download news.