Category: Web Browsers
A death by the thousand sites.
BBC, one of the major content providers in the world, has announced its plans to fully ditch Adobe’s Flash in its iPlayer and replace it with none other than the HTML5.
As of this week, there is now a new opt-in beta program, which invites pretty much everyone to try the new iPlayer, which features a much more mobile and desktop friendly user interface and MPEG-DASH streaming standard.
According to BBC, the HTML5 player will be gaining feature parity with the Flash player in the coming months. Oh, but before you start your celebration dance, keep in mind that these browsers won’t be able to join the Beta program:
Now here is an interesting prediction that could become true before we enter into the 2016. We have been doing browser market share reports for more than 8 years’ now and it looks like the most recent data from NetApplications indicates that Google Chrome could soon overtake Safari and become the #1 web browser.
Assuming the trend continues (with a minor bump for Safari’s market share due to the new hardware release), we are looking at the November – December timeframe.
You are the product.
If you are on Windows 8 or 10 and for some reason decided not to use Security Essentials / Windows Defender and have switched to AVG anti-virus instead, then good news for advertisers: they now have your browsing and search history as well meta data, your ISP and apps that are installed on your computer.
And few other bits…
Today, Microsoft’s Edge team has hosted another AMA on Twitter, resulting in some new (yet expect) information.
For example: a long time ago the software giant has confirmed that Xbox One will receive Windows 10 later this year and unsurprisingly, today they have also confirmed that Microsoft Edge will be included as well.
When asked about extensions, it was revealed that it is a priority for Microsoft and that they are still working on it, no ETA yet though.
Recently, Business Insider has posted an article, which includes a bunch of browsers market share data from 2008 all the way to 2015.
While it looks cool and interesting, we have decided to go one step further and blend all these images into a simple animation, giving you a better look on how exactly did the browsers battled for the dominance since 2008 and how was Internet Explorer (and then Firefox) overtaken by Google Chrome.
Might be bit too late.
After announcing AdBlock Browser some time ago, it looks like it has finally been released (prior the Apple’s event) on iPads, iPhones and iPods.
However, with the release of iOS 9, its main selling point is no longer that great as the latest Safari version supports content blocking extensions.
As far as AdBlock Browser itself goes, just like with extensions, you can whitelist particular sites to keep web owners from becoming homeless. In addition to that, it claims to save data and up to 20% of battery life when you block tracking cookies and social media sharing buttons.
Be thankful if you are not from the US.
While we don’t think that Edge is really ready for the general public, it looks like the software giant thinks otherwise. Despite a lot of lacking features and weird glitches, Microsoft has decided to go ahead and start the promotion of its latest web browser for none other than the Bing users.
If you were to search for Firefox or Google Chrome while running Windows 10, a notification bar will appear asking you to consider using Microsoft Edge instead.
Here’s how it looks:
Hello, Bing Rewards.
A long time ago and in an effort to gain additional market share, the software giant has launched Bing Rewards, where users could earn points by ditching Google in favor of Bing, which can be later redeemed for Xbox Live Gold and other services or products.
Now, it looks like Microsoft has decided to use the very same strategy for Edge, it’s newest web browser. As you can see in the screenshot below, there is a new section in Bing Rewards area where extra credits and exclusive deals are offered to use using Microsoft Edge.
Still not visible on the chart.
With more than 75 million of PCs running Windows 10, it looks like Microsoft Edge has finally received enough users to surpass at least one of the top 5 web browsers.
July, 2015 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Safari, Opera – Up, Internet Explorer, Firefox – Down
With Microsoft releasing Windows 10, it will be interesting to see when will Microsoft Edge overtake Opera, Safari and other web browsers. However, before that happens, it’s time to do (probably) the last market share report where Edge still belongs to the “Other” category.
First (as always) is Internet Explorer, which is down from 54% to 53.47% (0.53 point decrease).