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.
No screenshots yet.
Now here’s something to spice things up. According to the recent report, Microsoft is working hard on the next version of Internet Explorer (12), which is expected to be released with Windows 9 sometime in 2015.
While it’s unknown whether or not IE12 builds will be revealed later this month (with the Windows 9 Technical Preview), here’s what you can expect:
Today, Microsoft has announced a new website, which aims to provide users with some transparency regarding the development of Internet Explorer.
From now on, you will be able to see what the software giant has planned for the future versions of IE and what is under consideration.
So what’s next for Internet Explorer? According to the web site, Microsoft is currently working on:
If you always wanted to try Firefox OS but never had a good enough reason (or finances) to justify the purchase then Geeksphone Revolution might be something you are interested in.
Thanks to a clever design, Revolution runs both Firefox OS and Android, where former acts a safety blanket (assuming you don’t like FOS). In addition to that, it’s not a low end phone and has a 4.7 inch IPS qHD display as well as Intel Atom Z2560 dual core processor.
And this is how it looks:
Having already delayed the release of Firefox for Metro (also known as the Modern UI), it looks like Mozilla has no plans to hit the current ETA as well, and those that have been waiting for it will be disappointed again.
As reported earlier, due to holidays, Mozilla has extended the release cycle of Firefox for two weeks, which means that Firefox 28 (which brings Metro UI) will now be coming as late as March 18th.
In case you have some time to burn or are simply interested in the technology, then in two hours Google will be streaming their Android / Nexus announcement event, which is rumored to have a new set of Nexus devices as well as Android 4.3.
How is this browsers related? Well, assuming it’s a new version of Android, you can always expect some browser related changes too. Not to mention that the guy running Android team is also behind Chromium. So, grab your popcorn and sit tight, the event is about to begin.