And some upcoming features.
Thanks to the not so recent changes in Mozilla’s release schedule, it’s now much easier to figure out on when exactly the next final build of Firefox is going hit the web. So, in case you’ve been wondering about the timeframe, we got you covered.
Currently available in Beta, Firefox 21 is targeted for May 14, 2013 release. WebRTC will finally be enabled by default.
Promotion comes as a 360p video.
No version 13.
Now here is something that should be taken with a huge amounts of salt, in fact, so much salt that you can get kidney stones.
Recently, we have received an anonymous tip that the very first public build of Opera 14 (with WebKit rendering engine) will be revealed next month, April that is.
Coming later this year.
Now here is a shocker for you: Microsoft is working on the next version of Internet Explorer, which will be a part of the upcoming Blue update, set for Q3-Q4 release.
If you haven’t heard about “Blue” yet, it’s basically a wave of product updates for the majority of Microsoft’s products, including Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Internet Explorer, etc.
No ETA yet.
In an effort to make maximize Firefox’s security, Mozilla has announced its plan to block all 3rd party plugins from loading by default with one exception being the latest version of Adobe Flash.
This includes Microsoft’s Silverlight and Adobe’s Acrobat Reader, even if they run the latest version of a said plugin. Ironically, Flash is known to be far less secure than the Silverlight so it looks like Mozilla is choosing popularity over security.
Front reminds us of the iPhone.
After demonstrating Firefox OS on a couple of unbranded and bland looking devices, Mozilla has just announced two developer preview phones, and they do indeed look better than expected.
What is more interesting though are the specs. Although it was speculated that Firefox OS will be limited to the low and/or mid-range phones, developer devices are far from slow, which is both exciting and concerning. If these devices are an exception, we wonder how will developers be able to test their apps and make sure that they run smoothly on a far less powerful phone.
Another iPad web browser.
Back in June, 2012, Mozilla has revealed their upcoming project: Firefox Junior, which, just like Opera Ice and Internet Explorer, focuses on a full page experience.
Now, according to a Polish web site Komputer Swiat, Junior will be released in the first half of 2012, giving Mozilla 4 more months to polish things up.
If you are not exactly sure what this new project is all about, check the following video.
Aimed at the multi core machines.
Year after year we keep hearing about the new ways and techniques to enhance the overall browser performance. However, while such tweaks are always welcome, the majority of them fall in the line of evolutionary rather than revolutionary changes.
Not pleased with the user growth.
During yesterday’s Q&A with the investors, Opera’s management has shared some details about its prospects going forward and how will it affect future revenue.
According to the keynote, they are not pleased with the desktop growth and although Opera is keeping up in the key markets like Russia, there is no excitement anywhere else.
No download links yet.
It looks like the preview version of the Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 will be revealed really soon, as spotted by Neowin, the software giant has already uploaded the download page, which, as of now, is not yet fully functional.
As expected, Microsoft’s Windows XP and Vista were left behind. However, it is available for the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system.