Today Mozilla has introduced a new project called Test Pilot that will aim to build a representative sample of 1% of the Firefox users. Like it says, it will replace or compliment the tedious and for some users, the confusing feedback forms, so with fewer clicks, they hope it will increase the overall participation.
Here is the abridged overview:
• Develop and promote a formal Test Pilot program with a Firefox add-on at its core.
• The only things asked will be the geographical zone, technical level, locale, etc… and selecting to be anonymous or not.
• It will inform users about new experiments like overview, use cases, etc… and it will download the software if allowed.
• All participants will receive a “flight badge” displayed in their Test Pilot profile and available to embed on blogs, social networks, etc.
• It will gather only the data needed so it won’t slow down the browser nor your network.
Although it has not been launched, you can add or debate Test Pilot at discussion forum.
Google has unveiled Chrome 2.0 in the developer channel (like Mozilla Minefields) on Thursday; some of the new features are:
• Support for gradients, reflections and masks
• Faster rendering enhancements
• New user interface features
• Augmented extensibility like user scripting
• Edge Docking
• Full page zoom
• Form autocompletion
• Support for importing (but not synchronizing) Google Bookmarks
• Middle-click drag scrolling
The complete review at arstechnica.com
In the “Opera China and Web Standards” conversation, the following information was revealed:
“Our CTO, Håkon Wium Lie, is the co-founder of CSS, and we are the first browser to fully support SVG”
What is SVG?
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is a new graphics file format and Web development language based on XML. Continue Reading
An open source and royalty-free lossy video compression technology Theora 1.0 will be integrated to the next Firefox (already in Firefox 3.1 beta) and Opera browser releases.
Theora is a video codec with a small CPU footprint that offers easy portability and requires no patent royalties. Continue Reading
Finally, right step was made towards Opera web browser development. With the Opera 9.6 released post, one of the Opera developers (olli) included this:
Starts testing Peregrine and Inline Spell check
Yes, it will finally have integrated inline spell check, just like every other browser. What’s next? Auto complete? Who knows, maybe.
I’ve some great news for Internet Explorer users. While IE8 Beta 1 had some performance improvements over IE7, it was not enough and developers knew that. As a result, they’ve made Internet Explorer 8 even faster. As it says:
Some of the tests we have done show pure JScript performance improvements up to 2.5 times. We also measured the performance gains on common Gmail operations, like loading the inbox (34%), opening a conversation (45%) and opening a thread (27%) compared to IE7. Continue Reading
Rumors are all over the net that the upcoming release of Microsoft’s next generation web browser IE will feature a private browsing feature (Mozilla Firefox decided to drop this one and haven’t or won’t include in Firefox 3.0/3.1).
So what is this all about?
Private browsing enables user to surf the web without leaving any “logs “about its activity. There will be no caching, cookies, history or neither the form data.
Why would you need this feature anyway? As most people notice, it’s for adult site users. Of course, this is not the only use. Some of the IE users requested this feature for ages. Maybe Microsoft is finally listening to its users?
It looks like Opera Software will be launching something quite interesting this year (probably).
As it was said in their latest post:
We are now putting together a crack team of software experts in Linköping, Sweden, that will work on some very exciting new stuff indeed. Of course I can’t tell you exactly what’s being developed in this top-secret Opera base, but its technology that’s able to transform the browser as we know it, using the latest computer hardware to our advantage. Continue Reading
Although the 2nd beta of Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) will be released on August only, new Beta 2 features were revealed earlier today.
Frame Process Merging
Instead of running 2 processes every time you launch Internet Explorer 8, it will use 1 now = improved startup performance. Continue Reading