270 Million Firefox Users and Counting

By | May 7, 2009 | 5 Comments

Firefox, the browser that is going to to reach 25% market share soon, is being used by more than 270 million people, according to Asa Dotzler, Mozilla’s director of community development.

How were the calculations done?

As he explains: “The best method we’ve come up with is to count the number of security “pings” we get in one day. (Firefox pings a Mozilla server for security changes about once per day) and multiply that active daily users number by three to get active monthly users. (See John’s blog post for more on this.)”

Although data is not 100% accurate, is can still give you an insight on Firefox users count.

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11 Google Chrome Advertising Videos

By | May 6, 2009 | 1 Comment

Google has recently created quite a few videos to promote its Chrome web browser.

While there are more than 40 of them total (in YouTube Chrome Channel), here is a list of 11 featured ones for you to check.

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SK Telecom Selects Opera Mini

By | May 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

SK Telecom Selects Opera MiniOpera Investor Relations:

Oslo, Norway – May 6, 2009 – Opera Software today announced that it has signed an agreement with SK Telecom, the leading mobile operator in Korea. Under the terms of the agreement, SK Telecom will deploy a customized version of the Opera Mini mobile browser.

SK Telecom is Korea’s leading telecoms provider, with over 23 million mobile subscribers. Since its establishment in 1984, SK Telecom has grown into a major player in the global information communications industry. SK Telecom is reaching out beyond Korea into markets such as the U.S. and Asia.

The agreement between Opera Software and SK Telecom includes license, development, support & maintenance and server-hosting fees.

Microsoft Begins Collecting Suggestions for Internet Explorer 9

By | May 6, 2009 | 1 Comment

Microsoft Begins Collecting Suggestions for Internet Explorer 9 Today IE Team has posted the following message on Microsoft Connect website

“Hi Everyone!

We have added a new feedback form on Connect designed specifically to handle improvements for the next version of Internet Explorer. This includes not just feature requests, but all types of feedback including issues that currently exist in IE. Please continue to rate the submissions since we will look at the top rated reports first. Continue Reading

New Feature in Windows 7 RC Gets Removed

By | May 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

New Feature in Windows 7 RC Gets RemovedJust a short time after announcing new Windows 7 RC and IE8 behavior (where if a tab crashes, user gets a choice on what to do with it), IE team already released an update which turns this feature off.

What’s the main reason behind that? It was way too sensitive and annoying as Windows Vista UAC pop ups. Worrying that this can have a negative impact on Windows 7 users experience, Microsoft decided to pull this one off.

Opera – Jon Von Tetzchner (Interview), Part 3

By | May 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

Opera - Jon Von Tetzchner (Interview), Part 3ITPro.co.uk:

“On the day Opera celebrates its 15th anniversary, we feature our third and final part of our interview with the browser company’s chief executive Jon Von Techzhner.

In it, he explains Opera’s popularity in eastern European countries and the strength of the Opera community there.”

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Opera – Jon Von Tetzchner (Interview), Part 2

By | May 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

ITPro.co.uk:

“In the second part of our three part interview, Opera’s Jon Von Techzhner gives his views on Opera’s one web philosophy, explaining why he thinks mobile phones will be the most important device for providing internet access worldwide.”

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Windows 7 RC Improves Internet Explorer 8 Experience

By | May 5, 2009 | 1 Comment

With the recent Windows 7 RC Release, Internet Explorer 8 received a pleasant improvement to its reliability on Win 7.

Basically, when one of the IE8 tabs crashes/hangs, user gets a choice on what to do with it (see screenshot). Continue Reading

Mozilla Considers Updating Policy

By | May 5, 2009 | 0 Comments

Mozilla Considers Updating PolicyAfter the recent NoScript / AdBlock Plus battle (which is over), Mozilla Extensions Blog has proposed an update to its policy:

“Changes to default home page and search preferences, as well as settings of other installed add-ons, must be related to the core functionality of the add-on. If this relation can be established, you must adhere to the following requirements when making changes to these settings:

  • The add-on description must clearly state what changes the add-on makes.
  • All changes must be ‘opt-in’, meaning the user must take non-default action to enact the change.
  • Uninstalling the add-on restores the user’s original settings if they were changed.

These are minimum requirements and not a guarantee that your add-on will be approved.”

The author of NoScript (Maone) already agreed to these statements and released an update to its extension.

EU Schedules Microsoft Antitrust Hearing for June

By | May 5, 2009 | 0 Comments

EU Schedules Microsoft Antitrust Hearing for JuneElectronista writes:

A date has been set for Microsoft to defend itself against European antitrust charges, Reuters reports. Between June 3rd and the 5th, representatives for Microsoft are expected to testify in a closed hearing before the European Commission, elaborating on the outlines of a written response submitted on April 28th. The company was originally ordered to reply by March 12th, but was granted two extensions, first to April 21st and then the 28th.

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