Sooner or later we will have new web browser release. Probably Firefox 3, Safari 3 and Opera 9.5, those and Internet Explorer 7 will be reviewed so we could pick our “Browser of the Month”.
But before reviewing, let me ask: What should that “Browser of the Month” have?
I want to use as many factors as possible in the upcoming review. If you have any, please post them in comments. Till now I will post just some obvious ones.
Performance, security, low resources usage, not overloaded user interface, ease of use, inline spell check (I think that’s important) and easy updating.
No big changes. Just thought that logo should tell something more. So instead of pure glassy blue text effect also “integrated” web browsers logos.
F – Firefox
O – Opera
S – Safari
E – Internet Explorer
Press F5 if you don’t see new logo.
Hope you like it.
The Register recently published an interview with Jon von Tetzchner and there are some very interesting questions and answers as well.
Andrew Brown, a big fan of Opera, wrote that he chose to move to FireFox because it was more compatible with new websites, partly citing Flickr compatibility. Do you feel you’re falling behind?
It’s a chicken and egg situation, which means we need to get more users.
I don’t want to agree with that. It’s not all about users. Of course, big market share helps a lot but let’s see the following situation:
Let’s say 1000 potential users decides to download Opera and surf their favorite sites, some of them found them incompatible with Opera. What they do? They are switching back. So you get more users for a week or so but then lose some of them due incompatibility with their favorite sites. Of course, market share still grows, but very slowly. As posted in 2007 July Browsers Market Share Results, Opera lost 0.02% of their market share that time. I tend to believe that decrease was not due the fact that users didn’t like Opera’s interface or features, but due incompatibility.
Opera can’t grow so fast due incompatibility with some sites.
Incompatible sites are incompatible due low Opera’s market share.
If Opera would get 20% of the market share in one night, this would help for sure. But that won’t happen.
So it’s up to Opera Software.
Another interesting answer was:
We just try to focus on our side. We’ve always focused on a somewhat richer interface. We’ve had a lot of negative comments ourselves over the years; for example, when we introduced tabbed browsing a lot of people said it doesn’t make sense. We’ve introduced things like zooming, mouse gestures and the like – and we find they find their way into other browsers; tabs found their way into IE7. We are being copied, but we would like to focus on features and giving users a good experience.
It’s fantastic that Opera is being copied, that means they are doing very good job in providing users best web experience, but how long can it happen? How long can you brainstorm and add new features without seeing rapid Opera’s market share growth while competitors with those new features becoming stronger (more popular). Why It’s Not Enough To Have All The Greatest Features?
Just kidding, don’t do that.
There’s an interesting thread (Have Firefox pre-installed as default browser) posted.
I haven’t read it all, just 1 out of 50 comments or so and found that it’s just another flame war (or will be the one soon).
There’s even a comment from Daniel Goldman (Opera Software).
I’m sure we (I work for Opera Software) could work some revenue sharing plan with Dell. Part of our revenue from the desktop browser comes from Google.
Any other companies wanna join too and try to get their stake from Dell? Everyone is just talking about how good or bad their favorite browser is.
One more interesting comment by sazar
There are other options besides Firefox, why promote one over the others? This will simply create a browser monopoly of sorts with Firefox. IE comes bundled with the OS and allows people to get online for the first time, this shouldn’t be a handicap. If the user is savvy enough, they will be able to download the browser by themselves.
Sorry, no news today, if Opera 9.5 goes public today, will post about it tomorrow (hope so).
Why? Because it’s my birthday ;-)
Have a Nice Day Everyone.
Netscape Navigator 9 Beta 3 was just released, this version includes nice amount of changes and fixes. Here’s the changelog:
- New preferences in Tabs panel of Preferences dialog
- Added “Link Pad” to the “Clear Private Data” dialog
- Fixed issue with Link Pad icon blinking indefinitely
- Added News preferences to Netscape.com pane of Preferences dialog
- Fixed bug with feed processor that was causing both a memory leak and excessive CPU usage
- Added tab preference for opening bookmarks
- Added tab preference for links opened by Netscape.com integrated components
- Changed URL correction confirmation to be enabled by default
- Fixed bug in URL correction that was interrupting the auto-addition of “www” and “.com”
- Fixed bug that caused the “Confirm correcitons” item in the Location bar’s context menu to be hidden
- Added button in preferences to easily disable Netscape.com integration
- Various performance fixes
Seems Google wants to dominate everywhere and might join web browser wars someday.
There always been some rumors, but there is something going on for sure. Here are some facts:
Chris Silver Smith pointed that Google already registered GBrowser.com domain.
Ryan Naraine reported that Google hired a browser hacking guru.
They also have some deals with Firefox already and not so long time ago (April 2007) Michael Arrington wrote:
Maxthon Browser has sold a minority stake to Google. The total investment size is rumored to be around $1 million.
So… How soon and what can we expect from it?
Oh yes, this could mean that we will have something (maybe Opera 9.5) in the following Friday, or maybe not. OK, let’s go back to the topic.
Opera team just released Opera 9.23 Final. Here’s the changelog (since Opera 9.22):
- Fixed 4 crash bugs found using Mozilla’s jsfunfuzz tool.
- Fixed a stability issue with Speed Dial.
- Scrolling problem with some Microsoft mice fixed on Windows Vista.
Since this is a final version, I strongly suggest you to upgrade your Opera browser to the latest, stable release.