Author Archive: Vygantas
Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.
July, 2015 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up, Android Browser, Opera Mini – Down
As we are close to the end of the summer, it’s time to find out whether there have been any significant changes in the browser market share trends for the month of July.
Kicking things of with Safari, Apple’s browser is up again and is now close to the March, 2015 levels, from 41.66% to 42.44% (0.78 point increase).
Which changes your default search provider from Bing and adds native Windows 10skin support.
Good news for everyone rocking Firefox and Windows 10 as the latest final release (v40) brings a full support for the latest operating system from Microsoft.
What does that mean? Bigger and bolder design elements and overall streamlined feel that matches the overall look and style of Windows 10. In addition to that, Firefox 40 will reset your Windows 10 taskbar’s search bar from Bing to the search engine of your choice.
It’s slow, buggy and unusable.
For the last week or so, I’ve been using Microsoft Edge as my daily driver just to see how exactly does it compare against Vivaldi, Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera, and yes, I do have all browsers installed on my machine and use them every single day.
At first I was super excited but as the minutes went by, soon I realized that Edge is pretty much a Beta product with more holes than Swiss cheese.
Yesterday, Microsoft has released a new Windows Mobile build to the fast ring insiders, which (despite bumping the build number by quite a margin) does not bring any new features and focuses on performance and stability improvements.
However, following the release, Microsoft Edge engineer has revealed that while this build did not bring any major changes to the web browser, you should expect some big improvements in the next build.
Now, while no one knows when will the next Windows Mobile build is going to be released, Microsoft has promised to do so more frequently, so who knows, it could be very well be the last week of August, which is not that far away.
If you are still delaying the (likely inevitable) Windows 10 upgrade until it becomes slightly more stable, then here is something that might make you feel better: web browser performance benchmarks on the three most popular operating systems (at least in the US): Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.
Guys at TechSpot did a review and to sum up the non browser parts, Windows 10 performed slightly better when it came to gaming, booted slower and overall offered no significant advantages (or disadvantages) compared to its predecessors.
Grab it now.
As web browsers become increasingly complex with more features added (as well as APIs) every month or so, creative people find new ways to exploit them.
The latest example comes from the built in PDF viewer in Firefox, which was hacked, allowing attackers to browse through your local files and upload them to the remote servers if needed. In addition to that, once the script was executed, it removed itself from the system, making it harder to detect by the consumers.
Remember the time when Opera was full of ads and you had to pay money to remove them? Apparently, the folks behind Surfy web browser were still relying on the paid browser module, which reminds us of the 90s.
Well, things are about to become normal again as Surfy us finally free as opposed to the previous price of $1.99.
In startup speed.
Today, Norwegian browser maker has released the final version of Opera 31, which (among other things) brings a pretty neat, 70% start up boost compared to the previous versions, with most gains being on the computes with slower hard drivers so those rocking SSDs should not see that much of a difference, although everything opens pretty much instantly anyway so…
As far as other features go, Discover feature has been redesigned and now includes a much better layout. On a side note, we would love to see the statistics on how many % of Opera users actually use this feature.
Coming sometime in the future.
Earlier this year, WhatsApp has released a web version of its popular messaging client, which enabled Google Chrome users to chat on the web, with Firefox, Opera and Safari users joining the party slightly later. Unfortunately for Internet Explorer or Edge users, their browsers were never compatible.
Well, things are about to change as Microsoft Program Managers have confirmed that the companies are talking (and likely) working on a solution, which will finally enable Edge users (and there are not too many of them yet) to enjoy WhatsApp online web platform.