I bet everyone expected to see first Opera 9.5 releases, but you will have to wait more. Till now, I have some good news for Opera current and potential users. Opera 9.22 was just released.
Opera 9.22 fixed the following issues:
Bolding in fonts in toolbars and analogs works now.
Also, here are some minor features and upgrades for you:
Microsoft Silverlight plugin now works in Opera.
Bit Torrent upgrade, for example: big files downloading improvements.
UNIX Specified Upgrades:
Shared memory is turned off by default now.
Please note: this is not a final release, it’s just another weekly version. Use it on your own risk or just wait for the final release.
Very long time ago Opera team offered an ability to enable or disable “Usage Statistics Report”, which reports preferences, features usage and so on, today we have some results.
Quite a few users are using widgets.
Features like “Fit to width” and “Open windows instead of tabs” are not very popular. When I am using Opera, I don’t use them as well.
51% of the Opera users (who shares usage statistics) change their home page.
Status bar seems very popular feature, not a big surprise. Everyone loves it.
A lot of people using tons of bookmarks, over 300 and more, average bookmarks folder is 17.
This kind of usage statistics sharing is pretty good I think. Now they know where they wasted time by adding some no needed features and where they should concentrate more.
Some kind of Office 2007 GUI and … I don’t know. Just a fake screen.
I wonder if anyone thinks that it is a real one (I hope not).
I must say, someone got nice imagination ;-)
I basically enjoy most of the steps which are being made by Mozilla company to promote Firefox. Their tactics is pretty impressive. This time they surelly will get VERY MUCH boost from eBay and their new product: Firefox eBay Edition.
It’s not just like: dear users, please spread the word… Nah, they are already getting support from one of the big guys (Google). Time for another one, right? While all other browsers expect IE (which is big enough) waiting for few percents increase, Mozilla thinks big. I can’t wait to see how much of the market share they will grab this month.
You can download it here.
Recently I’ve heard that Opera’s Speed Dial is being copied not only by Firefox users, but also by other companies and just thought, why is this function so special? When I was surfing using Opera, I always had this function turned off, as I love clean browsing.
However, yesterday I’ve decided to try it. Guess what? Now it’s one of my favorite features. I don’t have to type, let’s say first letter in the address bar in order to see the site which I want to visit, now I am just click one click away from it. So it saves some time and I love it.
If you haven’t tried Speed Dial yet (or ignored it as I did), just give it a try, you may thank me latter.
Time for one of my favorite topics, it’s a browsers market share.
You can find previous month (May) results here.
OK, Internet Explorer, it actually surprised me, I didn’t exptected its growth this month. Gained from 78.67% to 78.84% (0.17% increase).
In the previous month, Firefox lost some market share, however, this month it’s 0.01% higher. Gained from 14.54% to 14.55% (0.01% increase). Maybe will increase it more in this month, we will see.
As expected, Safari lost more than a small amount of market share, maybe will get better after Safari 3 final release. From 4.82% to 4.49% (0.33% decrease).
Althought Opera lost 0.02% of its market share last month, it doesn’t matter now, they have increased market share from 0.74% to 0.91% (0.17% increase). And as I can see, it is the highest market share ever in this year.
As Safari, Netscape also lost some market share. From 0.83% to 0.78% (0.05% decrease).
Opera Mini got nice amount of attention in the June, so not a big surprise, they have increased market share from 0.16% to 0.21% (0.05% increase).
Here’s a graph of current browsers market share. Thanks to HitsLink.
Bit deelayed but anyways. Firefox 3 Alpha 6 was released with the following new features and updates:
- Updated SQLite engine to version 3.3.17
- Improved cookie performance
- Support for site-specific preferences – text size
- A new Quit dialog box that resolves termination errors
- Added permanent ‘Restart Firefox’ button to Add-Ons Manager
- Miscellaneous fixes to download manager including correctly displaying large file sizes
- Various Places fixes
- Miscellaneous Gecko 1.9 bug fixes
Also there are few known issues for all operating systems:
- Clear Private Data does clear stored passwords from the Password Manager list. The workaround is to clear the password list from within Password Manager.
- The Cairo graphics system has drastically changed the way all text and images are rendered from previous versions of Gecko, so occasional misrenderings of non-latin scripts and fonts may occur.
- The Phishing Protection notification bubble is hidden by the content area
Issues for Windows only:
- Upscaling images can result in misrendering, causing the edges of the image to appear blurry.
Issues for Mac OS X:
- The user’s choice of a default font may not always be honored.
- Font decorations such as underline and strikethrough may be drawn incorrectly.
- Complex script (ex: Indic) may be misrendered.
Issues for Unix Systems:
- Loading any page with Chinese, Japanese or Korean text can hang the browser.
- Performance on complex script (ex: Indic) may be slower than previous versions of Gecko.
- Compatibility issues have been reported when users are not running Xorg 7.0 or better.
- Users may experience problems when attempting to print complex pages.
More details can be found here.
Firefox team keeps adding features to their new web browser, as you know it’s called Firefox 3 (codename Gran Paradiso).
This time they announced “web pages content editing” support for Firefox 3, while Internet Explorer and Safari already got this feature, it’s not so advanced like Firefox one (still i ndevelopment). So now you can edit sections which are marked with contentEditable = “true”.
We should will have Firefox 3 Alpha 6 release today and I am pretty excited about that. Alpha 6 will be the last release in “Alpha” series.
After Firefox 3 Alpha 6 release we should wait till the the next month (July) end in order to enjoy Firefox 3 Beta 1.
Waiting for the news…