November, 2012 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Up; Google Chrome – Down
It’s the last month of the year as we check the market share results for November. Were there any surprises? Let’s find out.
Now here is something for the Friday evening. Recently, Mozilla has released the 18th beta version of its Firefox web browser, which does have some neat improvements, especially when it comes to performance.
So what’s new?
Everything.me, a company that specializes in the HTML5 app platform development, has raised a total of $25 million from the likes of Telefonica Digital, Singtel and Mozilla.
Already available on both iOS and Android platforms, “Everything” allows users to enjoy games and applications without having to download them (except for the e.me app itself, obviously). In addition to that, the company claims that its biggest selling point is an ability to dynamically match its users needs with specific content and applications.
Good news for consumers and bad for Android developers.
If you’ve been annoyed by a boatload of ads on your applications and a possible battery drain, then your life is about to get easier. Thanks to the recently released Adblock Plus application for Android, it will block both web site and in-app ads.
The best part? Adblock Plus is free and requires no rooting.
According to Mozilla’s Dave Mandelin, E4X is deprecated and “will be disabled by default for content in Firefox 16, disabled by default for chrome in Firefox 17, and removed in Firefox 18”.
As an alternative, Mozilla suggests using DOMParser / DOMSerializer or a non-native JXON algorithm instead.
And few other features.
As the never ending release cycle continues, Mozilla has released a new beta version of its Firefox web browser for Android.
Thanks to a list of bad sites provided by Google, the following build will now warn users about the potentially harmful websites. In addition to that, you will get search suggestions (over a secure HTTPS connection) when typing.
No surprises here.
Despite the uproar from various ad agencies and such, it looks like when it came to rethinking its decision to enable the “Do Not Track” header by default, Microsoft did not flinch for a second.
According to the official Internet Explorer blog post, customers launching IE10 for the first time will be greeted with a welcome page that includes instructions on how to disable the “Do Not Track” signal.
With social integration and more.
Prior to dropping the 64 bit support, Mozilla has also released the final build of the Firefox 17 web browser.
Focusing on the social aspect, the following build includes a revised Social API and support for Facebook Messenger (see screenshot below). In addition to that, Firefox 17 now has a click to play blocklist, which will protect unsuspecting consumers from running the vulnerable plugin version.
OS X and Linux builds development to continue.
If you’ve been anxiously waiting for the official 64 bit Firefox release for Windows then grab some pills as Mozilla has just announced the plans to halt its development.
Why would they do that? According to Mozilla’s Benjamin Smedberg, they got things to do. As stated in the mozilla.dev.planning discussion board, crashes submitted by those using the 64 bit version of Firefox are treated as a second class citizens and are not actually tagged as a high priority reports. Why? Well, as he says, “because we are working on other things.”.