Although there were no mind blowing browser releases last month, it does not mean that the user base will remain the same and as the title says, it’s all about Microsoft this time.
Whether it’s a result of clever ads or Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Internet Explorer has regained 0.9 point of its market share, up from 48.92% to 49.82%.
Can’t beat Opera or Firefox Mobile.
Continuing the development of Internet Explorer 10 for the Windows Phone 8, (which is set to be a very different game) Microsoft’s web browsers has popped up in the recent HTML5 test results and as of now, they are not that impressive.
New Aurora build is here.
Recently, Mozilla has pushed the second Alpha build of Firefox 13 to its Aurora channel for you to play with.
So what’s new? There are a couple of neat new features that will definitely improve your experience. For example, the Awesome Bar will now auto completes typed URLs and in addition to that, a Speed Dial has been finally incorporated, which draws from Opera and Google Chrome.
Surely Chrome will drop H.264. Let’s just wait.
Although Google has announced plans to phase out the support for H.264 on its Chrome web browser, those are still just plans.
Even though the final Firefox 11 build was supposed to be delayed due to the security flaw, which was discovered during the Pwn2Own content, it looks like Mozilla went ahead and fixed everything just in time.
However, it looks like the Firefox devs will have to start buying cakes of their own as Microsoft halted the tradition, thanks to the faster development cycles.
So what’s new in Firefox 11?
Opera looking into it.
Although it was previously known that Firefox will include a Metro like UI, the team behind Mozilla’s web browser only recently started the development. However, turns out, Google is also developing a Google Chrome Metro version, which will be available for the Windows 8 consumers.
Security flaws everywhere.
After Google Chrome has been hacked twice, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 was the second browser to fail the security challenge.
By exploiting two unknown vulnerabilities, Vupen Security was able to remotely open a calculator running on a Windows 7 SP1 machine. While no additional details were revealed, both IE and Google Chrome exploits were a combination of at least a couple of previously unknown flaws.
After last month’s interesting results, it’s time to see how did the February turned out for your favorite web browser.
For the second month in a row, Internet Explorer continues to increase its market share and is now up by 0.76 point, from 48.16% to 48.92%.
After the previous benchmark results that tested the latest stable versions of web browsers, people expressed their interest in the beta or alpha build results as well. Well, today is your lucky day, folks.
Tested web browsers
Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) Platform Preview
Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) Metro Platform Preview
Google Chrome 18 Beta
Firefox 11 Beta 5
Opera 12 Alpha