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.
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.
Now here is an interesting piece of drama before the weekend begins. As you might know, Microsoft has started pushing Windows 10 to all the user’s around the globe. However, it looks like Mozilla is not particularly happy with the way software giant is handling updates.
In an open letter, Mozilla’s CEO, Chris Beard said that “the Windows 10 upgrade experience strips users of their choice by effectively overriding existing user preferences for the Web browser and other apps” and that they have tried to work things out but it did not result in any meaningful progress. And this is why they have decided to go public. In addition to that, he claims that it is now much harder for people to use the third party apps and change the default.
August 11th is the date.
While Microsoft has user voice page, it looks like Mozilla is trying different approach with a new program called “Idea Town”, which will allow Firefox users to test new browser features and give feedback.
As stated in the GitHub page, “Idea Town is an opt-in platform for Firefox that facilitates controlled tests of new, high-visibility products in the general release channel. Idea Town will allow us to make informed and user-tested product decisions quickly and without compromising user privacy or experience.”
Coming in November.
Recently, Mozilla has ditched its low end phones approach and committed to new releases every 6 months. Now, the open source organization has revealer more details about the next major release: Firefox OS 2.5, promising for it to be the “most customizable, secure, locally relevant and empowering Firefox OS experience yet”.
As announced in the blog post, the upcoming build allow users to view and customize the source, making it super easy to add or remove any changes you want (see the video below).
In addition to that, Firefox OS will also support Firefox like extension mechanism, which will enable to add or remove user interface features or enhance phone capabilities.
Will ship in September, 2015.
If you are a web developer, then Font Awesome or other symbol fonts should sound familiar to you, especially of some of your visitors have complained about the troubled icons. As for everyone else, here is a neat new feature that should ensure better compatibility and web site rendering.
Have you ever seen small rectangles instead of icons? If so, then you are one the affected people and starting with Firefox 41, the issue should be fixed once and for all as updated browser will downloading web page fonts despite the setting.
Mozilla must be kicking themselves in the foot.
Back in May, Chris Beard, the CEO of Mozilla, has announced plans to drop the $25 version of Firefox OS and overhaul the overall plans for the mobile operating system.
Shortly afterwards, a couple of execs have left the company, including the president, Li Gong, who have since formed a new startup codenamed “Gone Fishing”, to create a new mobile solution, which is partially based on the Firefox OS itself. Since then, more than 40 former Mozilla employees have also joined the company as well as people from other sources.
Now, it looks like the very same startup (Acadine Techologies), has received a $100 million investment from China’s Tsinghua Unigroup, with a goal to create a better mobile operating system called H5OS, which is set to target tablets, smartphones and wearable devices.
Now here is an interesting piece of news for all the tech (aka Flash hating) enthusiasts out there.
Unless you have been disconnected from the Internet for the last week or so, then the Hacking Team / Adobe Flash exploit leaks should be pretty known to you. Now, according to various reports, people are starting to see Flash disabled by default with the following pop-up displayed at the top of the page:
Firefox has prevent the unsafe plugin “Adobe Flash” from running on www.domain.com.