Ars Technica writes:
Microsoft has decided that the last thing it needs in this economy is some combination of the following: fines, legal bills, and a delay of Windows 7. It has offered to adopt the European Union’s preferred solution for bowser competition: a browser selector screen at startup.
Although Intel may have been hit with a bigger fine, the multi-year saga of Microsoft’s fight with the European Union’s Competition Commission may have run up larger legal bills, given its longevity. The most recent point of contention between Redmond and Europe has been the browser; Microsoft bundles its own with its operating systems, but the EU views that as using monopoly power to the detriment of potential competitors.
The time has come to compare most popular web browsers developer tools: Internet Explorer 8 Developer Tools, Firefox Firebug (1.4), Safari Web Inspector (r46183) which is similar to Google Chrome Developer Tools and Opera Dragonfly (Alpha 3).
Those are default installed web browsers/extensions with no settings changed. This is a mini comparison which focuses on elements inspection, source modification and overall usage rather than advanced tools. If you find yourself using features such as script debugging, elements loading speed, etc. this review might not be very helpful.
Back in the old days you’ve had to add key lines to the Safari preference files and that was pretty much it, turns out this trick doesn’t work anymore (at least in Safari 4).
To install web inspector: download latest WebKit nightly build, extract files and open run-nightly-webkit.cmd
Find com.apple.Safari.plist file which is located in:
XP/2000 Continue Reading
- Microsoft Changes IE8 Default Browser Settings
- US State Dept. workers beg Clinton for Firefox
- Glass-enabled tab bar (Aero) in Opera
- Opera Unite Struggles to Keep up With Its Ambitions
- 3D animations coming to Safari
- Google Chrome Gestures Extension
- DOM flaw can crash many browsers
- Shorten long URLs with thurly
Thanks to Daniel Hendrycks, mabdul and Nox for links.
BetaNews has recently made an interesting discovery (Is Google optimizing Chrome 3 for Windows XP netbooks?). As you might guess from the title, they suspect that Google is optimizing Chrome 3 for Windows XP and not for Windows 7.
Using the most recent v3 release (18.104.22.168), they have published quite strange results. Turns out, XP has gained more than half a point over 22.214.171.124 while same build in Windows 7 RC received a performance loss.
Higher is better
For some more details and reasons behind that, you might want to check the original article.
Thanks to Help for sending this.
Via Peacekeeper’s Twitter.
Yet again, it’s time to check how your favorite web browser market share changed in a month.
For the very first time, Internet Explorer has fallen below 60% market share mark, from 62.09% to 59.49%
Good news for Firefox fans as well, it has finally surpassed 30% market share mark, went up from 28.75% to 30.33% Continue Reading
Adrian Kingsley Hughes from ZDNet has benchmarked Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3.5 and 3.0, Safari 4, Opera 10 (alpha!) and Chrome 2.0 browsers using SunSpider, V8 benchmarks.
Chrome 2 wins in both benchmarks which is followed by Safari 4. In the V8 benchmark suite however, other web browsers lag behind by up to 36 times.
Results are as follow: Continue Reading
An update for Cooliris add-on has been just released. The following version works with Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari web browsers (Windows, Mac OS, Linux) and introduces better Flickr and MySpace support, also integration to the browser tab and more.
Show off any 3D Wall of content by sharing its URL with friends
Freely jump between Cooliris and other tabs and desktop applications like your email or favorite photo editing program
Save 3D Wall to your browser’s bookmarks, enjoy multiple instances of Cooliris in different tabs, or set a 3D Wall view as your homepage, e.g. daily news or entertaiment feed. The possibilities are almost endless.