Recently, Business Insider has posted an article, which includes a bunch of browsers market share data from 2008 all the way to 2015.
While it looks cool and interesting, we have decided to go one step further and blend all these images into a simple animation, giving you a better look on how exactly did the browsers battled for the dominance since 2008 and how was Internet Explorer (and then Firefox) overtaken by Google Chrome.
Does not appear to be as bad as one might think.
Bugzilla, a bug tracker that is used by Mozilla, Webkit, FreeBSD, the Linux kernel, Apache and many other vendors, has been recently compromised.
As detailed in the blog post, the attacker broke into one of the accounts and gained access to the security sensitive data. Mozilla also believes that the newly acquired information then was used to attack Firefox users. On a positive note, it looks like the vulnerability that he or she reportedly exploited has already been patched at the end of August.
New Zealand is first on the list.
After refusing to create Firefox for iOS in the first place and them giving in to the pressure, Mozilla has finally announced the limited availability of Firefox for Apple’s devices.
Interestingly enough, the first preview is only available for the consumers in New Zealand with more countries said to be added later this year. We are not entirely sure why did Mozilla choose NZ (although we can guess), but the open source organization said that now their goal is to simply collect feedback and use it to shape up the overall development of Firefox for iOS.
Still not visible on the chart.
With more than 75 million of PCs running Windows 10, it looks like Microsoft Edge has finally received enough users to surpass at least one of the top 5 web browsers.
Instead of focusing on making browser better, Chris switches to the politics.
Recently, a series of anonymous comments were posted on reddit that caught attention of the Mozilla CEO itself, Chris Beard.
Posted by the user aioyama, it made some pretty what people consider “disrespectful” statements, including Mozilla’s former employees:
“Frankly everyone was glad to see the back of Christie Koehler. She was batshit insane and permanently offended at everything. When she and the rest of her blue-haired nose-pierced asshole feminists are gone, the tech industry will breathe a sigh of relief.”
As well as
But prepare to wait.
In an effort to catch up with its competitors, Mozilla has announced plans to adopt a new extension API, called WebExtensions, which basically means that add-ons created for Google Chrome or Opera web browsers will be compatible with the upcoming Firefox 42 release, with minimal changes required before submitting to the store.
In addition to that, Mozilla will also disable unsigned and unreviewed extensions from running inside the web browser.
Lastly, Electrolysis, a multi process Firefox, which is long overdue is still planned and should be enabled by default in Firefox 43, which is still miles away.
July, 2015 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Safari, Opera – Up, Internet Explorer, Firefox – Down
With Microsoft releasing Windows 10, it will be interesting to see when will Microsoft Edge overtake Opera, Safari and other web browsers. However, before that happens, it’s time to do (probably) the last market share report where Edge still belongs to the “Other” category.
First (as always) is Internet Explorer, which is down from 54% to 53.47% (0.53 point decrease).
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.
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.
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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.