Today is a sad day for all Windows Mobile 6.5 and 6 users, as Opera Software has decided to drop WinMo OS support and has no plans to release any new browser versions in the future.
According to Dag Olav Norem post, there were no new devices launched for quite some time and OS market share is shrinking fast.
As a result, Windows Mobile can no longer supply Opera Software with the revenue potential that would justify further investment.
Although the final version of Firefox 4 web browser is yet to be announced, it’s already available on the official Mozilla servers and can be downloaded here.
Firefox 4 marks the end of slow release cycles as both, Firefox 5 and 6 are set for this year’s launch.
As promised, Opera Software has released quite a few new versions of Opera Mini and Opera Mobile web browsers that include an enhanced user interface, session restore support and more.
Opera Mobile 11 is now available for Android, Symbian/S60, Maemo, MeeGo and Windows (not Windows Phone or Windows Mobile) platforms as well as Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mini 4.3 for J2ME devices.
Hate the web browser.
Johnathan Nightingale, Mozilla’s director of Firefox web browser has criticized Microsoft for abandoning a 10 year old Windows XP operating system and releasing IE9 for Windows 7/Vista only.
For me, the most interesting thing is not the quibbling about what browser [boasts] full hardware acceleration. What surprises me the most is that acceleration is not available for Windows XP.
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- Opera Mobile for Windows Phone 7
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The upcoming Windows Phone 7 update codenamed Mango is set to include the new version of Internet Explorer Mobile and bring quite a few new things to the table, such as: HTML5 support, performance improvements, slightly revamped UI and possibly social sites integration.
Folks at PocketNow have captured some of the IE9 Mobile magic in the video below for you to check out.
According to Win7China (which is a credible source), Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) will include a major UI overhaul which is set to be more touch optimized than previous IE versions. Furthermore, company is stressing the importance of overall web browser performance as well.
As far as it is known now, those are the two main goals for Microsoft.
What is more interesting is Windows 8 UI. Win7China reports that changes between Windows 7 and Windows 8 will be far greater than everyone expected.
In fact, source compared the new Windows 8 interface to Windows 1.0 > 3.1 > Windows 95 migration.
The future looks awesome.
Here comes the fourth web browser in our list. How would you change Google Chrome and why?
Firefox 4 was originally slated for November of 2010, but after a dozen betas, the 22nd of March may be the final release date. That is the new release date stated by Mozilla anyway.
The current release candidate was labeled as good enough to ship as the final product on Wednesday by Mozilla developers. This contrasts with what Mozilla has done in the past, namely ship multiple release candidates until finally determining the shipping code. Firefox 3.6, for example, had two release candidates issued by Mozilla before reaching its audience more than a year ago.