If you’ve been expecting Firefox 5 sometime next year then we have some good news for you.
According to Brendan Eich, the CTO of Mozilla, company is ready to speed up their release cycle and introduce Firefox 5 at the some point of this year.
Cast a colder eye on your blockers. Some of them can wait for a dot release or Firefox 5 that I do believe will be only months after 4 comes out. We are going to a fast release cycle. It serves our users better. To do that we have to get this touch and go done with Firefox 4.
If everything goes as planned, we should see the Final build of Firefox 4 sometime next monmth.
During the CES, one of the audience members has asked Microsoft’s Dean Hachamovitch about the future of IE Mobile and whether they plan to bring new features, such as HTML5 anytime soon.
Although he wasn’t very eager to reveal any specific plans, Dean Hachamovitch said: …we will be talking more about our mobile browser very soon…
If rumors are to be believed, then the upcoming Windows Phone 7 update (codenamed Mango) will include HTML5 and Silverlight support.
Video Source: WinRumors
It looks like the search giant will soon remove a H.264 video codec from the upcoming Google Chrome web browser release.
“Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies,” said Mike Jazayeri, the product manager at Google Inc.
According to the blog post, changes will occur in the next couple months and this is just a notification encouraging content publishers and developers to make necessary changes.
It looks like Opera not only will be introducing a specific browser version for tablets, but for netbooks as well.
According to TechCrunch:
TechCrunch has now learned that the company will also show off some Windows 7 tablets and netbooks running its latest browser at CES – we’ll see if the CrunchGear team can shoot some videos of those at the annual show.
We are waiting patiently.
Latest build is 9.0.8048.6000 (101209-2300)
Microsoft continues to work on the release candidate version of Internet Explorer 9 and has recently reached a build number of 9.0.8048.6000 (101209-2300).
What does that mean?
If this is actually the final RC build, expect release in the very first weeks of 2011.
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.