Despite the fact that Firefox releases are getting slightly overwhelming, Mozilla continues to push forward and has now released the first Beta build of Firefox 6 web browser for both PC and Android.
According to the changelog below, Firefox 6 improves the usability of Web Console, startup times when using Panorama, Web Developer menu and more. As for Firefox Beta for Android, it also offers a variety of new features and improvements that can be found here.
Firefox 5.0.1 will arrive shortly going by an announcement made by Mozilla. No release date was given, however. The update isn’t for Windows or Linux operating systems either, just for Mac OS X. This is because Lion i.e. Mac OS X 10.7 possesses a bug that makes Firefox 5 crash when showing websites that utilize downloadable fonts.
We alerted Apple to the problem before the release of 10.7 but they did not fix the problem before 10.7 went to final release. We’ve changed the font APIs that we’re using to newer versions which appear to fix the problem. The bug in Lion will cause severe crash problems for Firefox 5 users if it’s not fixed. - Christopher Blizzard, Mozilla’s Web platform director
Recently, an application called Windows 8 UX Pack 2.0 was released, designed to make your OS look like Windows 8.
If you are as excited as some people are, then downloading it is a no brainer. However, be warned:
After installing and uninstalling the software (did not work for me), I have noticed that it has hijacked my web browsers settings with no warning. Not just Microsoft’s Internet Explorer’s, but also Mozilla’s Firefox and Opera’s (Chrome was not touched).
And how to fix them. Part 1.
Although the web browser user interface keeps evolving, it looks like from time to time some random programmer (who has no design experience) decides to implement a feature and mess things up. And you know what the worst part is? It looks “fine” to him/her and change is approved by management who has no design experience as well. Or at least it looks this way.
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In the week after the arrival of Firefox 5, Firefox 4′s market share dropped by more than half, going from 16% to 7.2% according to analytics company StatCounter. During the same period, Firefox 5′s share of the market rose form 0.50% to 10%, signifying that the new version took on the decline of Firefox 4 and more.
By comparison, Chrome’s most recent upgrade made Firefox’s gains seem less dramatic. With the release of Chrome 12, Chrome 11′s share plummeted from 17% to 2.7% in the first seven days, a drop of approximately 84% in usage. Chrome 12′s market share, on the other hand, jolted up from 0.70% to 15.5% in the same time frame.
The following web browsers were tested:
Internet Explorer 10 (Platform Preview 2)
Internet Explorer 9
Google Chrome 13 (13.0.782.41)
Google Chrome 12 (12.0.742.112)
Safari 5.0.5 (7533.21.1)