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.
August, 2012 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Safari – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera – Down
As the summer passes by, it’s time to find out, how exactly did your favorite web browser perform in the month of August.
Starting with the Internet Explorer, we resume the long and unsurprising downtrend, down from 53.93% to 53.60% (0.33 point decrease).
As we wait for the Alpha/Beta release of the Opera 12.50, here is something to keep you busy for a little while: an update for the 12.x branch.
So what has changed? Not much, however, there is one important thing to note: as reported earlier, to improve web browser stability, Opera 12.02 disables the out of process plugins for the 32 bit Windows operating systems.
With the recent pre-alpha release of the Opera 12.50, Norwegian browser maker has implemented a much anticipated, SPDY networking protocol, which was previously available only in the Lab builds.
Unfortunately, the current SPDY connection indicator is not well implemented. Instead of displaying it in the address bar, Opera relies on the extension which might annoy those, who prefer clean and minimalistic UI. The good news: you can disabled it.
Good news, it looks like Mozilla has speeded up its development cycle and released the final version of the Firefox 15 web browser ahead of its schedule.
So what’s new in this particular version? According to the changelog, there are a couple of nice new features, including the silent background updates, support for SPDY networking protocol v3 and optimized memory usage for the extensions.
However, those are not the only changes, here is a list of other new features and tweaks:
Internet Explorer 10 Release Preview (Build 10.0.8400.0)
Firefox 14 (Version 14.0.1)
Firefox 15 Beta 5
Google Chrome 23 Dev (Build 23.0.1246.0)
Opera 12.5 Pre-Alpha (Build 1546)
Opera 12.5 Pre-Alpha (Build 1538)
Why? According to Google, they wanted to create something that combines full, unaltered and well-known web applications and libraries.
Here are the initial results (higher is better):
Even though Windows 8 includes both IE10 x86 and x86-64 versions, the later one utilizes 32-bit tabs by default.
How so? Mostly due to compatibility issues with plug-ins. However, here is a quick and easy way to enable the real 64-bit experience.
Here is how, go to:
Good news for the Google Chrome and especially Windows 8 users as the latest beta version of the search giant’s web browser has some neat goodies in store.
After a couple of months of negotiations, it looks like both companies have finally agreed to the terms and have since signed the search partner agreement.
As a part of the contract, Google will be a default search provider for both Opera’s desktop and mobile web browsers.
Thankfully, the contract will expire in less than two years rather than months, on 01.08.2014.