Different CEO, different ideas.
While companies like Nokia are gaining popularity in the US due to their $80-99 no contract phone(s) (Lumia 520, 521), it looks like Mozilla has decided to take a different route and focus on developing markets.
Even though Mozilla’s previous CEO, Gary Kovacs, has confirmed that Firefox OS phones will be coming to US (Sprint network) in 2014, this appears to be no longer a case. According to Mitchell Baker, the open source organization has no more plans to launch phones in the US.
October, 2013 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari – Up; Google Chrome, Opera – Down
If you thought that Internet Explorer will lose its crown anytime soon then think again as for quite some time now, it keeps doing the opposite. Up from 57.80% to 58.22% (0.42 point increase).
Another month, another report.
Kicking things off with Apple’s Safari, which tries to recover some of its lost market share, up from 54.19% to 55.88% (1.69 point increase).
The wait is over.
Today, Mozilla has announced the availability of Firefox 25 Final, which appears to be a pretty minor release, considering the changes.
The only two new things are: Web Audio support and readjusted find bar that is no longer shared between tabs. That’s pretty much it. Obviously, Firefox 25 also includes some security and other fixes as well as few things for developers but these are not exactly exciting changes.
Just let it die already.
Earlier this month, Google has announced that they will go an extra mile and support Windows XP for a longer period than the Microsoft itself.
Now, it looks like Mozilla will do the very same thing and continue supporting a decade old operating system. Why? Because there are still millions of XP users out there and both companies see value in providing users with the support that they need. And as long as users will get what they want, there will be little to no initiative to finally migrate to something else, like Windows 7.
September, 2013 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Safari – Up; Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera – Down
Starting with Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s web browser continues to edge higher, up from 57.60% to 57.80% (0.2 point increase).
Claims hundreds of improvements.
Today, Mozilla has announced the availability of Firefox OS 1.1, which, among various performance improvements (faster application load times and faster scrolling), also includes a bunch of new (and much needed) features.
For example, you can now send and receive MMS messages, save content from the browser; enjoy keyboard improvements (auto correct), see dialer suggestions, import Gmail and Hotmail contacts and more.
The future is now.
If you’ve already downloaded the latest nightly build of Firefox 27 then there’s one additional feature that you can explore. While not enabled by default, Mozilla has included its Adobe Flash Player replacement called “Shumway”, which uses the magical powers of HTML5 to render SWF content without native code assistance.
While it’s still pretty much unusable at this point, you can still enable it by heading to about:config, looking for “shumway.disabled” and setting it to false and disabling Flash in Tools > Add-ons.
Software over hardware?
It looks like Mozilla wants to get into the screen mirroring game. As see in the blurry photo posted by a claimed insider, Mark Finkle, the open source organization appears to have developed some sort of mirroring technology that (among other Android devices) works between a Roku box and Nexus 4.
Windows users rejoice.
If you’ve been using Apple’s iCloud service on Windows but found a lack of Firefox and Chrome bookmarks support disappointing then good news because this is exactly what the recent update includes.
Yes, you can finally sync all major browser bookmarks (Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome) on your PC’s.