Now here’s a reason for you to start celebrating weekend earlier, at least if you are a web developer and still care about IE6.
According to the latest data from NetApplications, Internet Explorer’s 6 market share is now sitting at the 4.76% mark. And as you will see from our upcoming report, IE’s market share is now the highest it has ever been this year: 57.79%.
Good news for all your Linux users out there. Recently, Maxthon has announced that their web browser will be coming to Linux. If you haven’t heard about Maxthon before, it’s basically a mix of Opera 12 and Google Chrome: Speed Dial, RSS Reader and Cloud Synch.
The bad news? There is no timeframe although they referred to the release as the “begin[ning of] a new journey”. I guess we’ll find out soon.
A non restricted version of Mozilla’s TestSwarm.
Recently, Microsoft has introduced a pretty cool (and open source) tool called BrowserSwarm, which will use the magical powers of cloud to test your code on Internet Explorer, Google, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera.
Software over hardware?
It looks like Mozilla wants to get into the screen mirroring game. As see in the blurry photo posted by a claimed insider, Mark Finkle, the open source organization appears to have developed some sort of mirroring technology that (among other Android devices) works between a Roku box and Nexus 4.
Better privacy control as long as you trust Google.
If you haven’t heard about the AdID before, it’s because there is no such thing yet. However, according to USAToday, Google is working on an anonymous identifier (AdID), which would eventually replace everyone’s beloved cookies.
As stated in the article, AdID would allow ad companies to target various web browser users but there are certain guidelines that would give consumers more control over their privacy, which does sound good on a paper.
Now here’s a non-news story for you.
If you are using Google Analytics and IE8, then you’re going to have a bad time as the search giant has recently announced its plans to drop the support for Microsoft’s web browser by the end of 2013.
As it says in the blog post, Google has “decided to do this to both accelerate the pace at which we can innovate new product features, and to facilitate adoption of newer web technologies in the design of the Google Analytics product.”
Plugin-less web browsers is the future.
Introduced in late 90s with Netscape Navigator 2.0, Netscape Plug-in API (NPAPI) has transformed web browsers in ways that were hard to imagine. More than 20 years later, it looks like NPAPI now does more harm than good, which is why Google has recently announced it plans to get rid of the old dog.
According to Google Chrome security engineer, Justin Schuh, “NPAPI’s 90s-era architecture has become a leading cause of hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity.” and it’s hard to argue with him.
Windows users rejoice.
If you’ve been using Apple’s iCloud service on Windows but found a lack of Firefox and Chrome bookmarks support disappointing then good news because this is exactly what the recent update includes.
Yes, you can finally sync all major browser bookmarks (Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome) on your PC’s.
Recently, Mozilla has released the Beta version of Firefox 25 for Android, which features some UI improvements and obviously, new features.
Thanks to a newly added guest browsing feature, you can now log out of your current Firefox session and switch to another mode, which will protect your private data (history, bookmarks, etc.) and delete the data that was collected during guest browsing session when it’s ended.
We are not sure how many more videos with the same message Microsoft can make but here’s the most recent one, in which the software giant asks you to rethink its relations with Internet Explorer and forget about all the horrible things it did in the past.
One thing Microsoft has shown again and again however is the fact that once they get ahead, they still stop innovating and start abusing you (horrible IE, ridiculous Xbox Live Gold prices for an ability to watch Netflix, etc). So let’s just say that we don’t want to rethink our relations.