It’s May already as we look at the browsers market share results for the last month, April that is. Were there any drastic changes? Let’s find out.
It looks like Internet Explorer 9 is not yet good enough to prevent users from switching to other browsers as Microsoft lost market share yet again, down from 55.92% to 55.11% (0.81 point decrease).
Mozilla is facing similar situation as Firefox web browser market share decreased by 0.17 point, from 21.80% to 21.63%.
The very first Alpha build of the next generation Opera browser codenamed Swordfish has been just released.
One of the new features in the following version is an interactive Speed Dial. Users can now enhance its functionality by adding extensions, such as: weather, live news feeds, email notifications and more.
In addition to that, Opera 11.50 includes password synchronization and with the help of Opera Next, you can now play with dev builds without affecting your main browser installation.
If you are curious enough to try Opera 11.50, here is a download link. Bear in mind that this is the development snapshot and is not intended for daily use.
Thanks, Mark G!
According to the Net Applications report, Internet Explorer 9 market share is now greater then Opera’s two branches combined, 11.x and 10.x.
It took IE9 a month to double its usage share on Windows 7 machines as it went up from 3.5% to 7.46%.
As for Opera browser, it now claims 2.18% of the market share for 11.x and 0.34% for 10.x branches.
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Three security advisories were released for rival browsers by Microsoft today, two of which for Chrome and one for Opera. Said bugs were spotted by researchers at Microsoft and brought to the attention of the security teams in charge of Opera and Chrome. Opera patched the bug in October of 2010 while Google fixed the vulnerabilities last September and December.
According to Mike Reavey, the director of the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), the change is part of an expansion of the vulnerability disclosure policy launched by Microsoft the previous summer. These advisories were the first to be issued by Microsoft for vulnerabilities found in third party software. Other advisories will follow as necessary.
If you are not a fan of an automatic image fit to the window that was introduced in Opera 11.10, then don’t worry, there is a way to turn it off.
Unfortunately, you can’t do that via Opera Preferences or opera:config. However, there is an extension to solve your problem.
- Install Image Autosizer extension.
- Menu (Alt) > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
- Find Image Autosizer and click on the gear icon > Preferences.
- Seek for the gray bar that is titled “Advanced” and click on it.
- View modes > When image is larger than window: Enable default and Original (see picture below).
- Save changes.
If the Wall Street Journal reports are to be believed, then the upcoming version of Apple’s Safari web browser (that comes with Mac OS X Lion) will include an option for users to disable tracking via cookies.
The recent Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4 releases already include “Do Not Track” functionality and with Safari soon to follow, Google Chrome and Opera are the only browsers that leave their users behind.
Hopefully, this will change soon.
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After playing with Opera 11.10 for a few days I wanted to show you some of the most annoying bugs.
- Zoom Picture > Save (CTRL+Click) > Picture Scroll Feature Turns Itself On
- Payoneer.com Broken Menus
- Scroll Bar Appears in Some Text Select Fields
- Speed Dial Reloads After Restart
Since the “close button bug” is already reported, it was not included in the video.
Just like with the few previous major new builds, I believe that this release is rushed and shouldn’t have been labeled as the “Final” in the first place. But then again, maybe those things do not happen to other users and 11.10 is in fact as solid as rock.
Tiffany Brown from Opera Software was kind enough to explain pretty much all the mentioned bugs.
Speed Dial Reload bug:
I think what you’re seeing with Speed Dial has to do with changes we have made to that feature. It *appears* to reload, but doesn’t actually fetch new content unless you (or the site’s developers) have actually enabled automatic refreshing.
The issue is related to how Opera 11.10 is calculating the offset on that page. The fix is to use clientHeight if it is larger than offsetHeight. I will reach out to Payoneer’s development team. Sometimes things change between versions. Opera 11.10 reports offsetHeight correctly, but somehow the menu script on their site is not recognizing that.