While Internet Explorer 8 mostly receives mixed reviews due to sites compatibility issues, InformationWeek reports that IE8 market share already slipped to 1.86% (Monday data) from 2.59% which was reported on Sunday.
Although this might sound like a bad news, there is also an upside. Because Internet Explorer 8 is not very popular yet, web developers will be able to polish and prepare their websites for IE8 without a big rush, which usually leads to various issues.
As for Internet Explorer 8 market share gain, my best guess is that it will start significantly increase only after Windows 7 release, IE8 is a default browser there.
We’ve been iterating quickly over the last couple of weeks to define a potential new tab screen for Firefox.
We believe that the new tab screen should have two main functions: (A) To show you the sites you are most likely to be interested in going to, and (B) to not distract you. That’s the paradox: by design success is when the pages we show are maximally interesting/distracting, but an explicit goal is to not interrupt your flow. Continue Reading
Although a new version of Internet Explorer has been launched few days ago, many people are still unaware of it and keep using IE6. As a result, web developers are forced to use specific (IE only) stylesheets and hacks.
“Opera is aware of statements in the media that Opera will announce one
or more agreements with US operators in early April.
Opera would like to clarify that it has no plans to announce any US
operator agreements to the OSE in early April as mentioned in the media.”
Opera Software is polishing its mobile web browser strategy. While they are making deals with mobile phone manufacturers such as Nokia, HTC, Samsung and Sony Erickson to place their mobile web browser into various handsets, recently they started to skip them and partnership directly with the operators.
As a result, Opera will be announcing deals with US mobile operators at the CTIA Wireless in early April. While they refuse to tell with whom those deals will be made, Opera Software usually works with big operators only. And in the US, those are: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Spring Nextel and T-Mobile (European T-Mobile is already in the partnership with Opera).
If everything goes as planned, Opera will strengthen their positions in the US market as well as increase their revenues.
Today ComputerWorld.com has posted a complete review of the new IE8 features. For instance: tabs isolation (Chrome alike), address bar improvements, closer tabs re-opening, accelerators, web slices, new security, privacy features and much more as well as reviewer’s conclusion of browser itself.
With all the rumors spreading around, Hachamovitch has confirmed to Ars that the next version of Internet Explorer (IE9) won’t use an open source engine called Webkit.
It was also stated that Internet Explorer 8 is not the last version of IE as some might thought.