September, 2013 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Safari – Up; Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera – Down
Starting with Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s web browser continues to edge higher, up from 57.60% to 57.80% (0.2 point increase).
Claims hundreds of improvements.
Today, Mozilla has announced the availability of Firefox OS 1.1, which, among various performance improvements (faster application load times and faster scrolling), also includes a bunch of new (and much needed) features.
For example, you can now send and receive MMS messages, save content from the browser; enjoy keyboard improvements (auto correct), see dialer suggestions, import Gmail and Hotmail contacts and more.
Brings more Opera 12 features.
If you are up for a fresh stable build of Opera then today is your lucky day. Announced on Monday, Opera 17 brings some of the key missing features, including:
- Pinned tabs, pretty self-explanatory
- Startup options, which means that you can now choose between continuing where you left off, opening a specific set of page(s) during startup or starting with a start page.
- Custom search engines, a very welcome addition
And it might actually work.
If you’ve been wondering what kind of magic tricks can be self-taught in order to speed up your reading experience, then BeeLine Reader might very well be something worth checking out.
So what is it all about? Basically, once you install the extension and click on a little button that will appear in your bookmarks bar, the text will be reformatted into something like this:
Results are better than expected.
In its first release of statistics on the Acceptable Ads, AdBlock has revealed some interesting numbers that are worth mentioning.
According to a post by Ben Williams, they have rejected over 50% of all whitelist applicants (777) because their ads were not acceptable. In addition to that, they have only accepted 9.5% of all applicants, although the number is misleading due to the fake applications and/or communication breakdowns.
It looks like Microsoft is following Google’s steps and will be rewarding those that dedicate their days and nights seeking various security flaws.
According to Katie Moussouris, Senior Security Strategist at Microsoft, the software giant is paying $28,000 in bounties for the vulnerabilities that were discovered in IE11.
If you are wondering what effect money has on people, Microsoft said that during first 30 days of the IE10 beta they did not receive any bulletin class reports, compared to “several” security vulnerabilities reported in Internet Explorer 11.
The future is now.
If you’ve already downloaded the latest nightly build of Firefox 27 then there’s one additional feature that you can explore. While not enabled by default, Mozilla has included its Adobe Flash Player replacement called “Shumway”, which uses the magical powers of HTML5 to render SWF content without native code assistance.
While it’s still pretty much unusable at this point, you can still enable it by heading to about:config, looking for “shumway.disabled” and setting it to false and disabling Flash in Tools > Add-ons.
Just in time for the weekend.
If Chrome 30 already feels old to you then you’ll be happy to learn about the recently released Google Chrome 31 Beta for Android.
Among various bug fixes and all that jazz, you might notice a refreshed New Tab page with integrated search bar that that is also said to load faster. In addition to that, Google has introduced application shortcuts, allowing you to pin various websites web sites to your home screen.
As long as it supports WebGL.
Hover, a capture the flag game from the 90s era is coming back. Thanks to Dan Church (who approached IE Team), you’ll be able to relive your memories and have some casual fun. The goal is simple: capture more flags than your AI opponents. You may also collect various power ups that will help throughout the game.
Ironically, it won’t work on Internet Explorer 10 or lower, since it requires WebGL and Microsoft was too stubborn to include it in the previous versions of IE.
Now here’s a reason for you to start celebrating weekend earlier, at least if you are a web developer and still care about IE6.
According to the latest data from NetApplications, Internet Explorer’s 6 market share is now sitting at the 4.76% mark. And as you will see from our upcoming report, IE’s market share is now the highest it has ever been this year: 57.79%.