Spartan is the new IE.
Now here’s a shocker for you just before the year ends. According to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft is working on a new, light weight web browser for Windows 10 and there won’t be Internet Explorer 12.
Instead, a browser codenamed “Spartan”, which feels and behaves more like Chrome and Firefox, will replace Internet Explorer (although Windows 10 will still ship with IE11 for compatibility reasons) and will be available for both desktop and mobile devices.
Proves to be utterly pointless.
Remember the infamous browser ballot screen? The one that was initiated by the Opera Software in 2009 when it complained to the EU? Then the $731 million fine when Microsoft messed up?
Well, the agreement between both sides has now expired and Microsoft will no longer ask users to pick their web browser.
Now available for general public.
It looks like guys at UC Browser are not taking any breaks and keep pumping one release after another. Latest in the list is the GA release of UC Browser 4.2, which brings a lot of new and neat features, including:
- Cortana integration (voice control)
- Downloads to the SD card,
- A brightness control for the night mode and tons of them in general: nigh mode, speed mode, text only and more
- Picture password
- Smart Downloading, which means that even when you lock the screen, it will continue
- Desktop mode
Just before Christmas, guys at Opera Software have released the final version of Opera Coast 4.0 for your iPhone or iPad. If you need a reminder on what it is, basically, a new web browser that specializes on gestures with all the bars and buttons eliminated.
So what’s new in this build? A news feed, which can be accessed by swiping down; sharing, a support for Opera Turbo and in case you have iOS 8 installed, a support for Apple’s Handoff technology, allowing you to continue browse where you left off (iPhone > Mac, etc.).
Counting this year’s accomplishments.
For those following Mozilla’s attempts to conquer the mobile world, it looks like Firefox OS will soon reach minor yet welcome milestone: availability in 30 countries (currently there are 14 smartphones offered by 14 operators in 28 countries). What about the sales and usage share? No numbers from Mozilla yet.
What about you? Do you plan to buy one or maybe already own one of many Firefox OS phones?
Personally, I prefer to sit back and wait for that one weird flagship like Amazon’s Fire Phone.
In case you’re waiting for one…
On the first of December, 2014, Mozilla has released the final version of Firefox 34, which appears to be the last build this year for all its channels: pre-alpha, alpha, beta and stable.
As we have learned (basically, new releases happen every six weeks), the next release cycle will start on January 12th, 2015, with the releases of Firefox 38 (central), Firefox 37 (aurora), Firefox 36 (beta) and Firefox 35 Final.
Some time ago, we reported that Microsoft was looking for a various user feedback, specially related to the user interface. Well, after collecting and listening the community, the software giant has revealed a newly redesigned F12 developer tools for Internet Explorer.
The main focus of a new design was to optimize the vertical real estate and eliminate the confusion, they claim that for this very reason tools icons were also removed and replaced with text.
And this is how it looks like:
If you are up for some beta testing or are hungry for new features then today’s latest release from Opera is what you have been waiting for, and here’s what’s new:
According to Opera, only about 5% of all its users have more than 5 tabs open at the same time, however it did not stop them from implementing an advanced user friendly feature: A tab menu, which can be accessed by clicking the the arrow icon in the right and it will list all your opened tabs!
In addition to that there are also a couple more tweaks and improvements, these are:
By market share.
Despite the fact that it was launched less than 1 and a half year ago, It looks like Google’s Chromecast has made quite an impact in the market share, for the US at least.
According to the latest data, it has overtook Apple TV to become the #2 streaming device in the US and now holds a total of 20% market share vs. Apple’s 17%.
Say hello to the Stack Overflow.
Now here’s a pretty interesting and unexpected decision from the Microsoft itself. In an effort to really please and understand web developers (as well as move everything into one place), the software giant has announced a new migration initiative, which means that from now on, all discussions related to IE development will be moved from MSDN forums to Stack Overflow.