Hopefully, extensions are not far away too.
As we all wait for the next Windows 10 Insider Preview, during Ignire keynote at New Zealand, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has accidentally revealed one of the upcoming Edge features: tab previews.
How exactly did this happen? During the event, Joe was simply demoing Cortana and the way it enhances your searches when he accidentally moved mouse on one of the tabs, resulting in a thumbnail preview picture. While ignoring at first, Belfiore later did state that “there’s one other thing in the Edge browser that I mistakenly revealed as I was doing this [showcasing Cortana on Edge] is a small feature we have not shown anyone yet but is coming to our Insider builds really soon and that is this tab preview feature,”
Coming sometime in the future.
Earlier this year, WhatsApp has released a web version of its popular messaging client, which enabled Google Chrome users to chat on the web, with Firefox, Opera and Safari users joining the party slightly later. Unfortunately for Internet Explorer or Edge users, their browsers were never compatible.
Well, things are about to change as Microsoft Program Managers have confirmed that the companies are talking (and likely) working on a solution, which will finally enable Edge users (and there are not too many of them yet) to enjoy WhatsApp online web platform.
Release date: September 22, 2015.
If you have installed and enabled the Adblock Plus extension on Firefox, then we have some great news: the upcoming Firefox 41 release will use less memory than ever before.
As it turns out, just by enabling Adblock Plus, users see an additional 60-70 MB increase to the memory usage. In addition to that, it adds an additional 4 megabytes per iframe, which means that in very rare cases (such as loading Techruch and rolling over all their social buttons for every story), Firefox memory usage becomes pretty insane:
Firefox (default): 194 MB
Firefox with AdBlock Plus: 417 MB
Windows 10 Build 10134 leaks, screenshots below.
Over the weekend, we’ve seen a freshly leaked build of Windows 10, which has revealed at least two new features that were added to Microsoft’s Edge web browser.
The first is a small but welcome UI tweak: a home button in the address bar, which will quickly bring you to the home page of your choice. What if you are a power user and don’t need such thing? The good news is that it can be hidden via settings so everybody wins,
Next feature however is a must for any modern web browser: ability to import favorites from other web browsers.
Now here is something pretty interesting.
We have just learned that the company behind AdBlock Plus will reveal their own web browser for Android on Wednesday, May 20 (4 a.m. ET).
While most of the details remain unknown, it is likely to be powered by the Chromium rendering engine, just like the majority of web browsers.
The price of a browser reboot.
During the Twitter Q&A session, Microsoft has revealed some of the planned features that haven’t been included yet.
So what exactly can we expect?
- Password, bookmark, tabs and other data sync, which they promised in a “future update”, meaning it could be either before or after it RTMs
- Importing favorites from other web browsers
- Private tabs? Coming too
- And yes, even a status bar is coming in a future update
Spartan is the new IE.
Now here’s a shocker for you just before the year ends. According to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft is working on a new, light weight web browser for Windows 10 and there won’t be Internet Explorer 12.
Instead, a browser codenamed “Spartan”, which feels and behaves more like Chrome and Firefox, will replace Internet Explorer (although Windows 10 will still ship with IE11 for compatibility reasons) and will be available for both desktop and mobile devices.
In case you’re waiting for one…
On the first of December, 2014, Mozilla has released the final version of Firefox 34, which appears to be the last build this year for all its channels: pre-alpha, alpha, beta and stable.
As we have learned (basically, new releases happen every six weeks), the next release cycle will start on January 12th, 2015, with the releases of Firefox 38 (central), Firefox 37 (aurora), Firefox 36 (beta) and Firefox 35 Final.
Coming in 2015.
If you thought that web browsers are already way too complicated for today’s youth then good news: Google is with you on this one and is already working on a child version of Google Chrome.
According to Pavni Diwanji, a VP of engineering at Google, who spoke to USA Today, the search giant is focusing on an entire line of products (including YouTube, Chrome and others) that will help kids to “be more than just pure consumers of tech, but creators, too.”
Not anytime soon though.
After ditching its plans to continue the development of 64 bit Firefox builds that would be available to general public, it looks like due to the fear that Microsoft won’t release the 32 bit build of Windows 10, Mozilla has changed its mind again and has now revealed more about its x86-64 plans.
It has since updated the Firefox/win64 page and announced 3 development phases:
Phase 1: Release a separate installer with 64-bit payload. Deliver to users via “what’s new” page. Ensure 64-bit builds are served by default to those who choose to covert to 64-bit. Sans Flash Support. Sans the majority of binary Add-Ons.