All right, it’s the last month of 2010 and a good time to check the browser market share numbers from the previous month. Let’s begin, shall we?
While Microsoft is working on a new version of web browser, Internet Explorer continues to lose its market share, going down from 59.18% to 58.44% (0.74 point decrease).
With no Firefox 4 Final release this year, Mozilla’s browser continues the downtrend, spiking down from 22.83% to 22.76% (0.07 point decrease).
Good news, this week Opera Software has finished and released the Final version of Opera Mobile 10.1 for Symbian/S60 devices.
However, before downloading, be sure to check a list of known issues here.
Furthermore, company has also announced the availability of Opera Mini 5.1 Beta 2 for Series 60 platform, offering lots if improvements and bug fixes.
Yesterday, Adobe has released a Beta version of Flash Player 10.2 bringing some nice enhancements, including: hardware acceleration support.
Stage Video hardware acceleration
A new method for video playback in Flash Player will allow developers to leverage complete hardware acceleration of the video rendering pipeline, enabling best-in-class playback performance. Stage Video can dramatically decrease processor usage and enables higher frame rates, reduced memory usage, and greater pixel fidelity and quality.
The creative way.
It looks like Opera Software is having a party as company has announced the milestone of 150 million Opera users worldwide.
If you visit Opera.com, it will display an actual inbox of Jon S. von Tetzchner, the co-founder of Opera Software.
Furthermore, visitors can actually read all the messages, for example: an invoice for Mitsubishi Colt Owners Club membership OR “We were thinking of re-doing this stunt. What do you think? http://www.opera.com/press/swim/”
Happy browsing and congratulations to Opera Software!
Now here is an interesting bug (Opera 11 Beta).
Type in the address bar:
awesome christmas gifts
Press Enter. Boom. Error.
Works fine. Either it’s a bug or I was a bad boy this year and Santa actually exists.
Hardware acceleration is great if you are running Vista or Windows 7 machines. However, when it comes to XP or other operating systems, you won’t be able to experience the very best of it.
What’s the solution?
Joe Drew, the developer of Firefox web browser is considering writing a hardware accelerated backend to canvas, possibly in collaboration with other browser maker (you are welcome to join).
As he said:
Now here is something to try for a speed fanatics.
The Pale Moon Project is a highly optimized version of Firefox web browser made specifically for Windows OS.
According to the project authors, it outperforms Mozilla Firefox by up to 25% in the synthetic benchmarks. In addition, it disables ActiveX, ActiveX scripting, accessibility and parental control features. Therefore, if you require such things, The Pale Moon Project is not for you.
Asa Dotzler, the Director of Community Development at Mozilla Corp. has raised a fair question:
Why do I have these plug-ins in Firefox? I don’t think I ever asked for any of them
There are quite a few plug-ins that make little to no sense, for example:
Why would Firefox ever need a Google or RockMelt Update? Furthermore, why is it okay to install all this malware for the big guys like Apple or Google?
P.S. They are enabled by default.
Reveals endless possibilities.
Now here is something to add in your Christmas shopping list. Guys at MIT Media Lab Fluid Interfaces Group are working on a new way to enhance your web browsing experience.
By using Microsoft Kinect and DepthJS system, they managed to do something neat and that is: control a web browser with bare hands (no mouse required). What do I mean by that? Just check the video above.