Category: Web Browsers
The social web browser has received a pleasant and long awaited upgrade which is a must have for all Flock users. The following release includes few new features such as: FlockCast and Facebook chat as well as various enchantments.
Flock team has also made a couple of videos to demonstrate these improvements.
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Firefox continues healthy market share growth, this time it increased by 0.43, from 22.05% to 22.48%.
After some hype over Safari 4 Beta, previous month its market share fell by 0.02, from 8.23% to 8.21%.
With more aggressive Chrome promotions all over the web (and soon TV), this browser increased its market share by 0.19, from 1.23% to 1.42%.
Third time in a row, Opera‘s market share keeps falling. This time it fell by 0.02, from 0.70% to 0.68%.
Opera Mini still got 0.07% of the market share.
Yahoo Tech Writes:
Microsoft says EU regulators will hand Google more dominance of the Internet search business if they go ahead with planned regulations on Microsoft’s Windows operating system, the Financial Times reported.
The FT said on Saturday that the move by Microsoft was contained in a confidential last-minute submission to the European Commission aimed at heading off antitrust action. Continue Reading
Moonlight 2.0, a Linux alternative to Microsoft Silverlight has been released. Preview 1 can be downloaded from Go-Mono.com site for both, 32 and 64 bit systems. As for now, you can install it on Firefox only.
Moonlight 2.0 Alpha should be available somewhere in the next month, beta in summer and final release is set to be launched in September, 2009.
According to one of the developers, Moonlight 2.0 also includes some of the Silverlight 3.0 features, you can read more about it here.
Download Moonlight 2.0 Preview 1 (8.9 MB)
“As a service whose sole purpose is the track the applications that people actually use on their systems, it should be no surprise that Wakoopa has a lot of interesting usage data. On a day to day level, Wakoopa’s data is good, but it’s the aggregate data over long periods of time that can be really meaningful to show how we are using our computers. Today, Wakoopa has released the first such aggregate data with its inaugural State of the Apps report.”
Also not a good sign for Microsoft: The older you are, the more likely you are to use IE. In the youngest age group, 11 to 20 year olds, even smaller browsers like Opera beat it. IE has been losing market share at a steady pace for the past several years.
New York times has published an interesting article about online companies profits.
Since web browser makers biggest revenue source is search, this will give you an insight on how important certain countries are, or to put it simply: is market share really important?
Although article talks on bandwidth costs for fast developing countries, it also provides some details on ad rates. As you might guess, browser makers gets paid for clicks on ads in search results page.
“Facebook is booming in Turkey and Indonesia. YouTube’s audience has nearly doubled in India and Brazil.
That may seem like good news. But it is also a major reason these and other Web companies with big global audiences and renowned brands struggle to turn even a tiny profit.”
While companies are working on their next-generation web browsers, Betanews has managed to test the performance of the upcoming ones, such as:
Firefox 3.5, Firefox 3.6, Google Chrome, Google Chrome 2, Safari 4, Opera 10. Test also includes Internet Explorer 7 and 8.