All right, it’s the last month of 2010 and a good time to check the browser market share numbers from the previous month. Let’s begin, shall we?
While Microsoft is working on a new version of web browser, Internet Explorer continues to lose its market share, going down from 59.18% to 58.44% (0.74 point decrease).
With no Firefox 4 Final release this year, Mozilla’s browser continues the downtrend, spiking down from 22.83% to 22.76% (0.07 point decrease).
Good news, this week Opera Software has finished and released the Final version of Opera Mobile 10.1 for Symbian/S60 devices.
However, before downloading, be sure to check a list of known issues here.
Furthermore, company has also announced the availability of Opera Mini 5.1 Beta 2 for Series 60 platform, offering lots if improvements and bug fixes.
Yesterday, Adobe has released a Beta version of Flash Player 10.2 bringing some nice enhancements, including: hardware acceleration support.
Stage Video hardware acceleration
A new method for video playback in Flash Player will allow developers to leverage complete hardware acceleration of the video rendering pipeline, enabling best-in-class playback performance. Stage Video can dramatically decrease processor usage and enables higher frame rates, reduced memory usage, and greater pixel fidelity and quality.
The creative way.
It looks like Opera Software is having a party as company has announced the milestone of 150 million Opera users worldwide.
If you visit Opera.com, it will display an actual inbox of Jon S. von Tetzchner, the co-founder of Opera Software.
Furthermore, visitors can actually read all the messages, for example: an invoice for Mitsubishi Colt Owners Club membership OR “We were thinking of re-doing this stunt. What do you think? http://www.opera.com/press/swim/”
Happy browsing and congratulations to Opera Software!
Hardware acceleration is great if you are running Vista or Windows 7 machines. However, when it comes to XP or other operating systems, you won’t be able to experience the very best of it.
What’s the solution?
Joe Drew, the developer of Firefox web browser is considering writing a hardware accelerated backend to canvas, possibly in collaboration with other browser maker (you are welcome to join).
As he said:
As promised yesterday, Norwegian browser maker has announced a Beta version of Opera 11 web browser.
The following release includes a handful of new features, where the most notable are: tab stacking (see video below) and visual mouse gestures.
• Microsoft Caught Cheating in the Sunspider Benchmark
Oh boy, here we go again.