Earlier this week, Microsoft has confirmed Internet Explorer 9 Public Beta launch for September. According to leaked slides however, it was supposed to be ready sometime in August.
Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Turner has made a bold statement, saying that Internet Explorer 9 will not only be the safest and most secure browser, but also, the fastest web browser in the market:
“IE9 is going to be not only the most safest and secure browser in the market, which IE8 is today, it will be the fastest browser in the market. You saw some demos of that on day one. It’s a smoking hot browser product,”
According to earlier published slides, Internet Explorer 9 Beta is set for August release, therefore, it won’t take long to confirm or deny such claim.
Although Microsoft has yet to confirm IE9 Platform Preview 3 release, according to Softpedia, company might be releasing such build for developers and early adopters later today.
While changes remain unknown, we expect further performance and web standards improvements, as well as other enhancements.
If MacGeneration rumors are true, Apple will unveil Safari 5 web browser tomorrow at WWDC 2010.
Some key features of Safari 5 include:
- Improved HTML5 support: Safari supports over a dozen new HTML5 features including Geolocation, full screen for HTML5 video, closed caption for HTML5 video, new sectioning elements (article, aside footer, header, hgroup, nav and section), HTML5, AJAX History, EventSource, WebSocket, HTML 5 draggable attribute, HTML 5 forms validation, and HTML 5 Ruby.
- Hardware Acceleration for Windows: Use the power of the computer’s graphics processor to smoothly display media and effects on PC, as well as Mac.
- Safari Developer Tools: A new Timeline Panel in the Web Inspector shows how Safari interacts with a web site and identifies areas for optimization. New keyboard shortcuts make it aster to switch between panels.
The long awaited Google Chrome OS will be make its debut later this year, Sundar Pichai, the head of the Chrome project confirmed yesterday at the Computex Taipei.
Pichai also noted:
Chrome OS is one of the few future operating systems for which there are already millions of applications that work…
You don’t need to redesign Gmail for it to work on Chrome. Facebook does not need to write a new app for Chrome.
It appears that Mozilla has decided to integrate data synch feature into the upcoming major Firefox release.
Originally, Weave was a Firefox add-on, designed to synchronize your bookmarks. However, over the past few years, it has evolved significantly and is no longer “just a bookmarks sync”.
Furthermore, it was renamed to Firefox Sync.
Earlier today, Google has announced a developer preview of WebM, which is essentially an open source media format, designed for World Wide Web, that uses VP8 codec.
In response to such announcement, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer General Manager, Dean Hachamovitch said: “In its HTML5 support, IE9 will support playback of H.264 video as well as VP8 video when the user has installed a VP8 codec on Windows” … “We want to be clear about our intent to support the same markup in the open and interoperable web, and to do so in a manner consistent with our view broad view of safety and security”
The WebM is already supported by 40+ companies, such as: Mozilla, Opera, Google, Logitech and many more.
It appears that Acer is planning to launch Chrome OS devices at the Computex Taipei show, which is set to take place from June 1st to June 5th.
As Chrome OS was originally designed for Netbooks, we expect a Netbook of some kind. Although Google said many times that OS can run fine on other devices with ARM processors, such as Smartbooks, Tablets, etc.
Currently, Chrome OS is scheduled for 2010 Q2 launch which pairs fine with the upcoming Acer announcement.