Back in 2009 we have published an article on battery life, where Internet Explorer 8 pretty much dominated other web browsers; now, it’s time for a rematch.
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%.
With the release of new pre-beta snapshots of Opera 12 in 32 and 64 bit flavors, Norwegian browser maker went ahead and published the final build of Opera 11.62 as well.
In addition to 5 security related fixes, the following version also includes a handful of user interface and mail related fixes.
Although it’s not exciting as the final build of Opera 12, which we hope to see sooner than later, with the finished development of Opera 11.62, it’s likely that Opera Software will now focus solely on the v12 build and that’s the good news.
Brings out of process plugins to the masses.
Good news everyone, it looks like from now on, Opera will be publishing both 64 and 32 bit builds of their desktop web browser.
According to the blog post, the latest Opera 12 pre-beta build includes a support for HTML5 drag and drop, CSS3 animations and most importantly, the 64 bit build of Opera 12 has everyone’s requested feature: the out of process plugins.
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.
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.
If you don’t want the Flash or Java content to be loaded when you visit web sites, here is a simple trick, which will load plug-ins on demand (aka when you click on the content).
- Go to Preferences (CTRL+F12) > Advanced > Content
- Check “Enable plug-ins only on demand”
- Save settings
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