Today I’ve decided to write a bit, of what should web browsers developers do in order to win or not to lose market share.
This is only my opinion which can be wrong as well. It can also be offensive for some of you.
Internet Explorer – Drop that slow and poorly written Internet Explorer core and develop something good. Internet Explorer is slow, buggy; uses lots of resources, ignores web standards, renders bad, lacks of functionality, etc. It’s just a big piece of software, which sooner or later won’t be used anymore. Develop faster, why are you sleeping? All other companies are much smaller and release/announces new versions more frequency. How that’s possible? Don’t be lazy just cause you have money.
Firefox – Finally fix memory leak bug (some says it’s already a “feature”). Support web standards (glad you will do that in Firefox 3), stop stealing features from other browsers and develop something more on your own.
Opera – Stop crying, that a big part of web developers ignores you. Buy advertising in web developer communities, and just get in touch with them. Build strong relations and explain why they should develop new product not just for IE, Firefox, Safari, and Netscape but also for Opera.
Safari – Not much to say yet. Waiting for the final Safari 3 release. Yes, we know that you’ve invented an iPhone, but who cares?
Netscape, Konqueror and others – Haven’t used them. Why? Make some whispers, get more attention.
If you enjoy using social networks this might be interesting then.
Wakoopa.com is a social network for software users (more likely fans), so if you are a big fan of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Netscape or what’s so ever, feel free to join there.
I am not sure, what’s the point to join those groups, as all I read was: “I love this browser, the best of the best”, etc… But hey, that’s only my opinion.
Internet Explorer is in the 1st place.
Firefox is in the 2nd place.
Opera is in the 3rd place.
Safari remains 6th.
Apple just released a new Safari version (3.0.2) which is availaible to download.
Safari Beta 3.0.2 for Microsoft Windows addresses the following issues:
Includes the latest security updates for Safari.
Non-English versions of Microsoft Windows
Safari unexpectedly quitting if interacting with bookmarks on non-English configurations of Windows.
Safari unexpectedly quitting when typing in text fields on non-English configurations of Windows.
An issue in which bold and italic text could be missing in Web pages on non-English configurations of Windows.
Safari unexpectedly quitting if the Windows user account name contains non-ASCII character.
An issue in which all text is missing if the Windows system has a large number of fonts installed.
All text may be missing when Safari is installed in a location other than the default location.
Slow startup time when installed fonts have an improper creation time (a future date).
An issue in which a font other than Arial could be used instead of Arial on certain Web pages.
Safari unexpectedly quitting after prompting for a username and password for HTTP authentication.
Safari unexpectedly quitting when handling the unsupported NTLM authentication method.
Safari unexpectedly quitting with certain invalid RSS feed URLs.
Safari unexpectedly not responding (“stalling”) due to contention with the thread that updates RSS feeds.
Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) and Yahoo Widgets
Inability to install Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) Web applications and Yahoo Widgets.
Safari unexpectedly quitting when sending a news headline as an email from Google Reader.
Safari unexpectedly quitting on systems with earlier microprocessors that don’t support the SSE instruction set.
Safari unexpectedly quitting with certain video cards.
Safari unexpectedly quitting when a web server produces an empty Content-type header.
Safari Beta 3.0.2 for Mac OS X addresses the following Safari issues:
Includes the latest security updates for Safari.
Safari might unexpectedly quit when parental control features are enabled for an account.
Safari might unexpectedly quit when sending a news headline as an email from Google Reader.Safari Beta 3.0.2 for Mac OS X also updates WebKit to address the following issues:
There may be missing quoted text when replying to an email message containing HTML.
Spaces might not appear when when typed at the beginning of a line, when replying to an email message containing HTML.
Improves stability of Mail.
An issue in which incoming iChat messages could be delayed.Improves compatibility with Dashboard widgets that make use of plug-ins.
Improves compatibility with Dashboard widgets that have a search field.
Addresses an issue in which BBEdit might unexpectedly quit while dragging text outside of an HTML preview window.It also includes security fixes.
If you haven’t seen this video yet, be sure to do that.
Maybe that could mean war, here’s a Steve Jobs quote about iPhone:
“it is the full Internet in your pocket for the first time.”Of course, Opera wasn’t happy about that, as their Opera Mobile already do that. So they “complained” a bit, later that day Steve Jobs responded (quote):
“I apologize. I should have been more specific. Our products will be the first to allow normal, non-loser people to do these things.”Also, according to Apple, Safari 3 for Windows is much faster than Opera or Firefox. Of course, this seemed to be not so true.Well… I think that Opera is no longer a “quiet” browser. They’ve responded with a funny video about Opera Mini and iPhone. They are trying to get as many attention as possible now instead of just spreading word via it’s community. I am glad that they’ve changed the way in which they promote products. I am also almosut sure, that Apple will create something similar to this against Opera too. Maybe that means war. We will see in the future. As for now I am really happy with things they are doing now. They want attention in any price.
See Mom, we’re not a small company and we came to beat our competitors. So stop ignoring our browser, as we are here now.
Congratulations to all the webware 2007 winners.
Firefox won the 1′st place, second was Opera, third: Internet Explorer
and 7′th was Safari.
I’ve recently noticed a list of upcoming Safari 3.x features and thought about posting them here. So here you go:
- Support for International users
- International text input methods
- Advanced text (contextual forms, international scripts)
- Localized menus and help
- NTLM support
- PAC file auto-detection
- FTP directory listings
- Link to proxy settings from Safari (Safari respects the proxy settings in the Windows Internet control panel)
- Cookie management
- LiveConnect support
- Spell checking
- Printing page numbers, titles, margins
Some of those features looks promising. I wonder if spell check will be like Opera browser 9.2 and previous or Firefox style (in-line spell checker). If they would make it “in-line”, this could really help them to grab some more share. We are waiting for more news…
Apple.com just released new Safari version: 3.0.1 which you can download now.
This version fixes Windows specify issues and most important: security issues.
I’ve downloaded Safari Beta 3.0.0 for Windows right after it was released. However, I wasn’t been able to test it, as all what I saw was menus with no text and other buggy stuff.
I really don’t know why, but this version doesn’t work for me either. I can’t enter address in the address bar or use quick search. All I know, that I am not the only one, who is experiencing such a problems.
I am not sure why this happens, but hope it will be fixed soon.