New Google Chrome Beta – 25-35% Faster

By | March 17, 2009 | 4 Comments

Here is some great news from Google Chrome team. The latest Chrome beta release was just released and it’s 25% faster on V8 benchmark and 35% faster on SunSpider.

Of course, it also includes some of the new features, for example: form autofill, full page zoom, autoscroll and drag tabs (see video and benchmark results below).
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Internet Explorer Collection + Screenshots

By | March 17, 2009 | 3 Comments

If you have ever wanted to remember older times or just try some of the old IE versions such as 1, 2 or 4, then this package is for you.

Internet Explorer Collection is basically a setup which contains standalone versions of various Internet Explorer versions, ranging from 1.0 to 8.0.

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Random Thoughts on EU and MS Case

By | March 17, 2009 | 9 Comments

Just some random thoughts of mine. Some people might even call it troll-o-rama…

1. Where the line should be drawn? Should Windows include alternative browsers only? Or also alternatives to WordPad, Paint, Calculator, etc. as long as those are free?

2. If it happens that Microsoft will be forced to ship Windows with other web browsers, how many of the alternatives should it have? 5, 50, 500 or 5000?

3. If other people are not aware of other web browsers, such as Firefox, Safari, Chrome or Opera, what makes you think that they will actually select and trust “unknown” one during setup?

Rumor: Opera 10 to Include Web Slices

By | March 17, 2009 | 19 Comments

Tim (the guy who sent us “leaked” Opera 10 release dates (haven’t been confirmed as real yet)) today reported that the upcoming Opera 10 Beta release will include a feature similar to web slices.

If you haven’t heard about it yet, it allows you to track a specific part of page for changes. As a result, you won’t have to keep visiting it over and over again.

For a live demo, feel free to check “How To: Internet Explorer 8 Web Slices” video below.

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Site Compatibility and Internet Explorer 8

By | March 17, 2009 | 0 Comments

Quite informative post has been published recently on IE’s Blog which includes some of the IE7 and IE8 compatibility differences/issues as well as solutions on how to fix them.

Opera Chief: Microsoft’s IE 8 ‘Undermines’ Web Standards

By | March 17, 2009 | 2 Comments

TheRegister writes:

“If Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 8 this week – as expected – then the company will likely be congratulated by many for doing the right thing and finally adding support for web standards to its browser.”

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Firefox 3.5 Receives an IRC Client

By | March 17, 2009 | 6 Comments

Latest Firefox 3.5 nightly releases now include Mibbit, a web IRC client. Once irc:// link is opened, user will be redirected to Mibbit for further steps.

In order to make it work, you will have to select Mibbit from Applications settings page in the Options menu.

Picture source: MozillaLinks

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Yahoo and Live Search Might Save Mozilla

By | March 16, 2009 | 2 Comments

Since the launch of Chrome, relations between Mozilla and Google were affected. And although contract between them expires on 2011, Michael Baker, the CEO of Mozilla considered the possibility of search contract end. As they are not completely sure about Google’s plans to renew it. As the result, they are started to look for alternatives.

Many analysts consider it as a good movement because during Chrome growth, Mozilla will depend on Google Inc. more than Google does on Firefox. Selling default search engine spot in Firefox would be both, beneficial and not. Search giants such as Yahoo or Live would pay much more than Google do. However, how many of Firefox users would actually use a new search provider?

Via alt1040.com (in Spanish)

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Accessibility: Safari 4, Opera 10, IE 8, Firefox 3 and Chrome 1

By | March 16, 2009 | 1 Comment

Paciello Group Blog writes:

“The study ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) roles exposed via MSAA (Microsoft Active Accessibility) by browsers on Windows (see results here) provides test of the major browsers available for windows.

Summary

WAI-ARIA has 59 possible role values (excluding abstract roles):

IE 8RC1 exposes 42 role values via MSAA
Firefox (Minefield) 3.2a1pre exposes 49 role values via MSAA
Opera 10 Alpha exposes 21 role values via MSAA
Safari 4 Beta exposes 8 role values via MSAA
Chrome exposes 0 role values via MSAA”

Found via Asa Dotzler blog.

6 Reasons why Opera Failed

By | March 16, 2009 | 59 Comments

First of all: yes, according to Opera’s financial results, Opera Desktop is growing. However, its first initial release was 12-13 years ago. Yet, they are still struggling to gain a solid part of the market share (according to HitsLink (yes, they are not accurate)) and are being ignored.

So why did that happened?

1. Opera Software is against software patents. With dozens of innovations (see this post for more details), their current situations would be much better than it is now. Continue Reading