Category: Web Browsers
Sooner or later we will have new web browser release. Probably Firefox 3, Safari 3 and Opera 9.5, those and Internet Explorer 7 will be reviewed so we could pick our “Browser of the Month”.
But before reviewing, let me ask: What should that “Browser of the Month” have?
I want to use as many factors as possible in the upcoming review. If you have any, please post them in comments. Till now I will post just some obvious ones.
Performance, security, low resources usage, not overloaded user interface, ease of use, inline spell check (I think that’s important) and easy updating.
Netscape Navigator 9 Beta 3 was just released, this version includes nice amount of changes and fixes. Here’s the changelog:
- New preferences in Tabs panel of Preferences dialog
- Added “Link Pad” to the “Clear Private Data” dialog
- Fixed issue with Link Pad icon blinking indefinitely
- Added News preferences to Netscape.com pane of Preferences dialog
- Fixed bug with feed processor that was causing both a memory leak and excessive CPU usage
- Added tab preference for opening bookmarks
- Added tab preference for links opened by Netscape.com integrated components
- Changed URL correction confirmation to be enabled by default
- Fixed bug in URL correction that was interrupting the auto-addition of “www” and “.com”
- Fixed bug that caused the “Confirm correcitons” item in the Location bar’s context menu to be hidden
- Added button in preferences to easily disable Netscape.com integration
- Various performance fixes
Seems Google wants to dominate everywhere and might join web browser wars someday.
There always been some rumors, but there is something going on for sure. Here are some facts:
Chris Silver Smith pointed that Google already registered GBrowser.com domain.
Ryan Naraine reported that Google hired a browser hacking guru.
They also have some deals with Firefox already and not so long time ago (April 2007) Michael Arrington wrote:
Maxthon Browser has sold a minority stake to Google. The total investment size is rumored to be around $1 million.
So… How soon and what can we expect from it?
It’s about time. Right, new market share results. See June results here.
Shall we begin?
Internet Explorer market share keeps growing. From 78.84% to 78.98% (0.14% increase). Wonder if it will reach 80% or not.
In the previous month Firefox increased it’s market share by 0.01%. However, this month they have lost a bit of it. From 14.55% to 14.37% (0.18% decrease).
And how’s Safari doing? Very well I guess. In the previous month Safari lost some market share, but with an iPhone and other stuff they managed to increase their market share. From 4.49% to 4.56% (0.07% increase).
Last month Opera managed to reach highest it’s market share ever (0.91%). But this month Opera lost some of it. From 0.91% to 0.89% (0.02% decrease).
Netscape browser keeps losing it’s market share. From 0.78% to 0.75% (0.03% decrease). Last month lost some too.
And yes, Opera Mini continues growing. From 0.21% to 0.24% (0.03% increase).
Here’s a graph of current browsers market share. Thanks to HitsLink.
Web browsers won’t be so popular without their greatest fans, spreading the word all over the world. So how about we have a fans section, where you could send pictures and/or photos with your favorite web browser. Do you have a poster in your bedroom with Internet Explorer logo? Take a picture and send it to my email, we will publish it here. Do you have some stickers with Safari logo on your laptop? Again, take a picture and send it to my email. Or maybe you have just bought new Firefox or Opera T-Shirts? Take a picture and send that too.
Sorry, no prizes (unless you want to give them :-)) But as long as you will send fans stuff, I will keep posting them here.
It’s pretty obvious that we all want fast and feature rich browsers. That isn’t exactly a secret, therefore, I’d like to talk about some of the “harmful” effects and why it’s not enough to have all the greatest features.
OK, let’s go straight to the point.
Why it’s not enough? Imagine that there is a new web browser, FavBrowser 1.0. It’s brand new, only people who are reading this blog know about it. So it gets like 10 000 downloads, well… That’s good, right? NO. You see, let’s say that FavBrowser 1.0 is the world’s most secure browser, also with some of the most stunning features and just the best one there is. Is this good? No. It’s actually bad. Why?
10 000 users are using this web browser… Browser receives a market share of 0.00001% or something like this, and what the other web browser developers do? They take most popular FavBrowser features and integrate them into their web browsers…
What’s then? They are popular web browsers, so they get huge boost and lots of attention, market share grows… While FavBrowser 1.0 gets less attention, other web browser’s market share is already gaining very fast (with “stolen” features). So I am developing FavBrowser 2.0 and I have better greatest ideas. I release it, same happens again, I get market share of 0.00002%, other web browser developers steal my features again and what’s then? That makes it almost impossible to compete with them anymore, they are gaining market share very fast, I am out of ideas, FavBrowser 2.0 dies…
I am not sure if you got my point, so will try to explain. What did I wrong? I should get investors, buy advertising, get lots of attention and that’s all… So my point is: it’s not enough to have all the greatest features, it’s enough to develop a good marketing strategy. With no advertising good products will die, and with good advertising even the worst products will be popular.
Well… It’s August soon… We still don’t have “Browser of the Month”, as there are no new (not minor) web browsers releases and/or updates. And I don’t want to review all of them now, because there are plenty of reviews already, like Firefox vs IE7 vs Opera 9, etc…
I have no idea when Opera 9.5 goes public and then final. Firefox 3 Final should be released somewhere in November, but that’s really long time to wait (yea… IE8 will be released someday…). So I am just waiting for updates as you do too…
Yesterday I’ve tried Netscape Navigator 9 Beta 2.
I was thinking to write much more about this web browser, but after using it for a while, it really makes not much point to do that. Why? Well… Let me begin then.
I’ve launched Netscape Navigator Beta 2 and thought that its interface is not very good as I don’t like green color, but it’s just me.
The more I used it, the more I felt it’s actually a Firefox (yes, I know that this browser is Firefox based, but that’s not the main point).
I actually see even no point to use this browser, unless you are hardly using Netscape.com. Usually when I am trying new browser I want some new features which makes that browser special and my favorite one, and Netscape Navigator is just another Firefox clone.
If you like Firefox, use Firefox, if you don’t like Firefox, you won’t like Netscape Navigator 9 too. If you are using Netscape.com very often, try it, you might actually like Netscape Navigator more than any other browser.
Not really much to say I guess.
Netscape Navigator team just released a brand new Netscape Navigator 9 version: beta 2.
According to their blog, Beta 2 fixes some bugs and ads new features.
Beta 2 addresses the following issues that appeared in Beta 1:
Added URL as a tooltip to Linkpad entries
Added “Reload” to the FAS and Tracker sidebar context menus
Closing the last tab will now close the browser window
Fixed the CFBundleSignature on the Mac DMG
Fixed bug when removing the location bar while customizing the toolbar
Various fixes to in-browser voting
Various performance fixes
I have to admit, haven’t really ever tried Netscape Navigator 9, but downloading it now.
You may also want to download it here.
What I’ve found interesting in Navigator 9? Well… Here are some interesting features:
Navigator will automatically correct common typos made in Web addresses.
Examples: .cmo => .com, htp:// => http://, netscape,com => netscape.com
Install any Firefox 2-compatible extension.
I will write about this release more, just have to use it for at least few hours first.
After yesterdays post about new Firefox security bug I’ve decided to check out, which of the worlds most popular web browsers are most secure. Thanks to Secunia for stats.
Opera 9.x – Affected By 6 Secunia advisories
Unpatched 0% (0 of 6 Secunia advisories)
Internet Explorer 7.x – Affected By 13 Secunia advisories
Unpatched 54% (7 of 13 Secunia advisories)
Most Critical Unpatched
The most severe unpatched Secunia advisory affecting Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.x, with all vendor patches applied, is rated Moderately critical.
Safari 2.x – Affected By 6 Secunia advisories
Unpatched 67% (4 of 6 Secunia advisories)
Most Critical Unpatched
The most severe unpatched Secunia advisory affecting Safari 2.x, with all vendor patches applied, is rated Less critical.
Firefox 2.0.x – Affected By 12 Secunia advisories
Unpatched 67% (8 of 12 Secunia advisories)
Most Critical Unpatched
The most severe unpatched Secunia advisory affecting Mozilla Firefox 2.0.x, with all vendor patches applied, is rated Highly critical.
I am really confused right now, but does that makes Firefox 2.0.x most insecure web browser? And according to Secunia stats, Internet Explorer 7 is right after Opera which puts it into the 2nd place?
1. Opera 9.x – Most Secure Web Browser?
2. Internet Explorer 7.x
3. Safari 2.x
4. Firefox 2.0.x – Most Insecure Web Browser?