Going by what the Choose Opera blog has to say, Opera’s Desktop Team has been rather busy these past few days. The reason? Well, while working on Opera 12.00, they also managed to release Opera 11.51 which brings along security and stability updates.
There are also some minor tweaks and fixes for all platforms. The latest Opera version also supports the Full Screen application mode introduced in Mac OS X Lion.
As always, the newest version of Opera can be downloaded from here.
Recently, Opera Software has released their financial results for the Q2 of 2011. According to the report, there are now more than 200 million Opera users that use web browser every month, which suggests that Opera Software counts its users if they open the program at least once every 30 days.
2Q 2011 Financial highlights
Total revenue (MNOK): 214.8 (2Q11) vs. 168.9 (2Q10)
Desktop user growth 20% versus end of 2Q10
Over 122 million Opera Mini users
Over 200 million Opera users
Please bring Opera Mobile with Opera Turbo to Windows Phone 7. Seriously, the only reason why I (and probably few other people) haven’t switched to WP7 is because of the lack of web page compression in IE9.
Signed, current and potential WP7 users.
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It looks like Mozilla is implementing more and more features from its competitors.
Just like in Internet Explorer 9, starting with Firefox 8, Mozilla will automatically block web browser add-ons that are not yet approved by the user.
In case other software installs an add-on, Firefox 8 will disable it and notify the user.
In the world where a plenty of companies inject their add-ons into Firefox, such as: Skype, anti-virus software, etc. it’s a very welcomed step nonetheless.
Mozilla’s chairwoman Mitchell Baker responded to criticism regarding the rapid release cycle in a recent blog post.
She started by acknowledging the problem and ensured that while the current rapid release cycle is far from perfect, Mozilla is working hard to make it more useful for the majority of its userbase.
However, due to the rapidly changing nature of the Internet, Baker believes that it is necessary for the browser to follow this breakneck pace.
The newest version of Maxthon has been released! The latest version available via the auto updater is 188.8.131.520, however. Find below some of the new features and improvements that come with this update:
- Supported adding favorites sites by double-clicking site icons.
- Auxiliary Info in Status Bar.
- Translator names displayed in browser language selection panel.
- AdHunter Syncing.
- Optimized the performance of opening new tabs in the background.
- Optimized the user experience of browsing mode switching.
- Optimized the performance of adding multiple tabs to Favorites.
- Enhanced the startup speed.
Mozilla will not get rid of the version number present in Firefox’s “About” box after all, putting an end to a rather heated debate that first surfaced a few weeks ago.
There are no plans to adjust the version number. It will remain in its current place in the About window, and we are going to continue with the current numbering scheme. - Alex Faaborg, a principal designer at Mozilla
In another message in the mozilla.dev.usability discussion list, Faaborg blamed “miscommunication inside of the user experience team” for the commotion about the departing version number.