August, 2012 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Safari – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera – Down
As the summer passes by, it’s time to find out, how exactly did your favorite web browser perform in the month of August.
Starting with the Internet Explorer, we resume the long and unsurprising downtrend, down from 53.93% to 53.60% (0.33 point decrease).
As we wait for the Alpha/Beta release of the Opera 12.50, here is something to keep you busy for a little while: an update for the 12.x branch.
So what has changed? Not much, however, there is one important thing to note: as reported earlier, to improve web browser stability, Opera 12.02 disables the out of process plugins for the 32 bit Windows operating systems.
With the recent pre-alpha release of the Opera 12.50, Norwegian browser maker has implemented a much anticipated, SPDY networking protocol, which was previously available only in the Lab builds.
Unfortunately, the current SPDY connection indicator is not well implemented. Instead of displaying it in the address bar, Opera relies on the extension which might annoy those, who prefer clean and minimalistic UI. The good news: you can disabled it.
Internet Explorer 10 Release Preview (Build 10.0.8400.0)
Firefox 14 (Version 14.0.1)
Firefox 15 Beta 5
Google Chrome 23 Dev (Build 23.0.1246.0)
Opera 12.5 Pre-Alpha (Build 1546)
Opera 12.5 Pre-Alpha (Build 1538)
Why? According to Google, they wanted to create something that combines full, unaltered and well-known web applications and libraries.
Here are the initial results (higher is better):
After a couple of months of negotiations, it looks like both companies have finally agreed to the terms and have since signed the search partner agreement.
As a part of the contract, Google will be a default search provider for both Opera’s desktop and mobile web browsers.
Thankfully, the contract will expire in less than two years rather than months, on 01.08.2014.
Even though the final build of Opera 12 disabled the hardware acceleration feature by default with stability to blame, users still enjoyed another significant improvement: the out of process plugins.
July, 2012 Desktop Market Share: Firefox, Safari – Up; Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera – Down
Another month, another market share report and this time it’s for the desktop web browsers.
With the upcoming release of IE10, Internet Explorer continues to lose its market share, down from 54.02% to 53.93% (0.09 point decrease).
With the rise of handheld devices and rising competition, we are starting a new section, which will focus on the mobile web browsers only. Let’s get going.
Currently in the lead, Apple’s Safari web browser has climbed up by 0.43 point, up from 66.22% to 65.79%.