Recently, Mozilla has announced their plans to abandon Firefox for Metro due to an insufficient amount of beta testers (thousands), which is a pretty low number compared to Firefox for desktop where we are talking millions.
Now, a former Mozilla developer, Brian Bondy, is arguing that its Microsoft strict guidelines and a messy default browser setup process that are partly responsible for the project failure.
His arguments are new nothing new or earth shattering but still something to consider while sipping coffee or tea in early Sunday morning.
It looks like this year’s Pwn2Own hacking contest was pretty eventful and all web browsers got their asses kicked.
On the first day, a team from France has successfully hacked Internet Explorer 11, Firefox and Adobe Flash Player. The very same research firm also managed to find a vulnerability in Google Chrome, which affects both WebKit and Blink rendering engines.
Next day Sebastian Apelt and Andreas Schmidt have demonstrated a browser based exploit against Microsoft’s web browser, followed by a Chinese team that managed to bypass Safari’s sandbox and run remote code execution through it.
States lack of interest.
If you’re one of two people who has been dreaming about the touch friendly version of Firefox for Windows 8 then we have some bad news for you. As it turns out, no one is really interested in such version and therefore, Mozilla has announced its plans to abandon the project.
So how bad the situation are we talking about? Well, according to them, “On any given day we have, for instance, millions of people testing pre-release versions of Firefox desktop, but we’ve never seen more than 1,000 active daily users in the Metro environment,”. As a result, such release could be ridden with bugs since there was little to no testing.
February, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Down
It looks like February is pretty much identical to January, at least in terms of growth.
Somewhat consolidating, Internet Explorer has lost a tiny fraction of market share, down from 58.21% to 58.19% (0.02 point decrease).
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If you feel extra lazy today and can’t be bothered to install Firefox, then Dell’s installation service is here to rescue you. As it turns out, this is exactly what the tech giant is offering on newly purchased Dell kits.
Now, the story doesn’t end here, upon learning about such practices, Mozilla has started consulting with “legal teams” as this goes against their software distribution policy.
Expected in the coming months,
During MWC 2014 conference, Mozilla has announced a number of changes that are coming to its Firefox OS, which are mostly user experience oriented.
For those that want to have the smoothest experience possible, the open source organization rewrote the part of the software that controls panning and scrolling when touch (your finger) is involved. Result? Much more fluid and responsive navigation.
Now here’s something pretty awesome.
During MWC 2014 conference, Mozilla has announced a deal with Spreadtrum (a fabless semiconductor), which should bring Firefox OS phone to the masses and emerging markets.
How so? Well, as you might have guessed from the title, one of such devices would only cost $25, thanks to the SC6821 chipset.
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Now here’s a new trend that will (hopefully) die soon: packing ads everywhere. The latest victim is Firefox web browser as Mozilla has announced plans to display ads in square slots that will be displayed in the New Tab page.
On a (slightly positive note), these ads will be displayed for first-time users only or the ones that haven’t occupied all tiles. Also, the open source organization said that “the sponsored tiles will be clearly labelled as such, while still leading to content that we think users will enjoy”.
January, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Down
Starting with Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s web browser continues to edge forward and has (again) increase its market share, this time from 57.91% to 58.21% (0.3 point increase).
Now here’s something unnecessary. If you are looking for a product identical to that of EverythingMe’s (see video above) where the only difference is an inclusion of Firefox web browser then good news, because Mozilla & EverythingMe has just announced exactly that at the InContext Conference.