April, 2013 Desktop Market Share: Firefox, Safari – Up; Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera – Down
It’s that time of the month again as we gather data from the NetApplications to get a clearer picture of the ongoing browser wars. What has changed since last time? Let’s find out.
How many is too many?
When it comes to deep pockets, Microsoft is certainly one of the sugar daddies. However, while plenty of the companies spend an equal amount of money actually developing and improving their products, it looks like Microsoft’s latest approach is just to keep pushing ads, videos and some HTML5 web sites.
After all, who needs competitive features such as: synced tabs, updated Internet Options dialog that does not look like something from the 90s or even frequent releases? Everything is irrelevant when you choose to ignore competition and have big bucks to keep feeding your marketing machine.
And some upcoming features.
Thanks to the not so recent changes in Mozilla’s release schedule, it’s now much easier to figure out on when exactly the next final build of Firefox is going hit the web. So, in case you’ve been wondering about the timeframe, we got you covered.
Currently available in Beta, Firefox 21 is targeted for May 14, 2013 release. WebRTC will finally be enabled by default.
It’s going to be great.
Now here is something for all the Maxthon users out there. Thanks to the latest update, you are now able to transfer files from one platform to another (assuming they are on the same local network).
Although it currently supports Windows and Android devices only, Mac and iOS will be joining the fun really soon, turning Maxthon into a cross platform file manager.
Sounds intriguing? Give it a try.
Download Alpha version right now.
Although under the hood changes are always nice, it’s not as exciting as something that even the average Joe can see and touch. Yes, we are talking about the UI changes here. Thankfully, the upcoming Firefox 23 release for Android will do just that, focus on various user interface improvements that is, from changed icons to new animations when tabs are added or removed as well as other effects.
That’s not all though, the upcoming release will also allow you to show web site URL’s instead of page titles in the address bar and highlight domain names as seen in the picture below.
Mozilla isn’t too happy about it.
According to a report by Citizen Lab, Gamma International, a UK based firm that produces surveillance software (FinFisher), is tricking people into installing their spyware on their machines, which is later masked as Firefox.exe.
As noted in the Mozilla’s blog post, “when a user examines the installed spyware on his/her machine by viewing its properties, Gamma misrepresents its program as “Firefox.exe” and includes the properties associated with Firefox along with a version number and copyright and trademark claims attributed to “Firefox and Mozilla Developers.”
The best part? According to the video, it took them only 3 days to do so, thanks to asm.js and Emscripten, which first appeared in Firefox 22 Alpha.
Windows and Mac only.
In case you are one of those rare individuals who does not use Microsoft Office, then Google has got you covered.
Thanks to a newly released “Chrome Office Viewer” extension, you can now view Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files in your web browser, no Office required.
Sounds good? Give it a go.