Hardware acceleration is great if you are running Vista or Windows 7 machines. However, when it comes to XP or other operating systems, you won’t be able to experience the very best of it.
What’s the solution?
Joe Drew, the developer of Firefox web browser is considering writing a hardware accelerated backend to canvas, possibly in collaboration with other browser maker (you are welcome to join).
As he said:
The world is coming to an end, as Opera Software has just announced its plans to bring extensions to the upcoming Opera 11 web browser.
According to Norwegian software company, Opera tried to make it easy for developers to port already existing extensions from other browsers.
Extensions will be based on the W3C Widget specifications and this is being considered for an Open Standard effort.
What happens when you start pushing new browser milestones every month or so? Apparently, features get pushed back as well.
According to cNET, Google has cut off a bunch of features that were originally planned for Google Chrome 8 and is now making its way to Chrome 9.
However, as new Google Chrome branches are usually released every 6 weeks, it’s not a big delay after all.
Recently, Firefox 4 nightly builds has received a yet another feature that is “cascaded sessions restore”.
From now on, when you restart Firefox, all your opened tabs won’t be opened at once. Instead, three most important pages (number can be changed, see .sessionstore.max_concurrent_tabs) will load firstly.
For example: if you switch to a different tab, Firefox will start loading it immediately, even if it didn’t before. Result? More usable web browser during launch.
As authors say, idea is based on Firefox BarTab extension.
The wait is almost over. Today, Microsoft will reveal everyone’s anticipated, Internet Explorer 9 web browser.
Can’t make it to San Francisco? Well, worry no more. You can tune in into the live webcast on Wednesday, 10:30am PST and experience “the beauty of the web” event for yourself.
According to Mozilla’s Developer Center, company will issue a minor update to Beta 5 sometime this week, which will fix stability bug on Windows systems as well as OSX rendering and keyboard/mouse focus issues.
As a result of this update, upcoming Beta 6 release will be renamed to Beta 7 and it set for the second half of September release.
Out of all potential IE9 “leaks” and concepts, this one is definitely the most plausible.
MS4Press.ru has written an article called “5 new opportunities with IE9″ (translated title) that did include the following screenshot.
Obviously, mentioned post has been removed since then and the higher resolution image is not yet available.
If you are curious enough about the content, here is a cached version from Bing + Google Translate:
It looks like the upcoming Firefox 4 Beta 4 release is set to include Firefox Sync; a feature that allows users to synchronize bookmarks, tabs, history, preferences, etc. among Firefox desktop and mobile platforms.
Furthermore, Beta 4 will have hardware acceleration enabled by default on Windows machines.
If everything goes as expected, we shall see the availability of Firefox 4 Beta 4 next Monday (August 23rd).
It’s finally happening. IE team has just announced the launch of Internet Explorer 9 Beta that will take place in San Francisco on September 15th.
This appears to be one of the most anticipated product launches this year.
Furthermore, this could mark the new era of IE breed with faster and more frequent updates. Who knows, maybe by the time Windows 8 is released, we will already have Internet Explorer 10.
Thanks to Daniel Hendrycks and RamaSubbu SK for the news tip.