February, 2015 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Opera – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari – Down
It’s time to do the desktop.
As Microsoft continues to work on Spartan, it’s predecessor is in a downtrend as last month Internet Explorer’s market share decreased again (by 0.8 point this time), down from 58.18% to 57.38%
Shows work still in progress.
Now here’s a small piece of info for you. Assuming you’ve been looking at the latest leaked screenshots, there was a setting to enable experimental title bar, which does away with the unnecessary space at the top.
Therefore, we strongly believe that the final version of Spartan will look like the image below (aka much better):
Even though Spartan was not yet released for either Windows 10 or Windows 10 for Phones, it looks like the developer preview build of Internet Explorer includes one of the widely requested and missed features: ability to play live stream videos, at least on YouTube.
On a slightly negative note, the newly leaked pictures of yet unreleased Windows 10 for Phones (Build 10038.12518) still comes with the Internet Explorer rather than much anticipated Project Spartan.
Are you ready for some games?
Back when we started this blog, 64 bit software and browsers especially were just a dream. Now, it seems like everyone is working or already has one.
Latest to join the party (on Windows) is Mozilla, which has recently released the 64 bit version of Firefox dubbed Developer Edition.
Now here’s something for all you conspiracy theorists out there.
As you might remember, Mozilla and Google did not sign a new agreement and Yahoo! became a default search engine on Firefox, which also resulted in a pretty healthy market share increase for the third largest search engine in the US.
Now, it looks like Mozilla was not accepted to Google’s Summer of Code 2015 event; and before you grab your pitchforks and head over to the search giant’s headquarters, we should note that there are fewer organizations on the accepted list (190 in 2014 compared to 137 this year), including Linux Foundation, Tor, etc.
Now this is cool.
Despite not being available for public yet, it looks like we (finally) got a video of Spartan running on Windows 10 Preview and it does look promising.
If you don’t feel like watching a video, it covers Cortana integration and this is what It can do:
Yesterday, Opera Software have announced its plans to show a new version of Opera Mini in the MWC 2015 conference for both Windows Phone and Android.
Well, while we wait for the official press renders and other gooes, guys at WMPU have managed to get their hands on a new Opera Mini build for Windows Phone, that is (finally) not frustrating to use.
According to Opera, it was redesigned from the ground up to alligh with Microsot‘s Metro UI, in addition to that, it is said to be fast and fluid, unlike the Beta version of Opera Mini, which is just awful.
If you’ve been using Opera Mini on Windows Mobile and now have downloaded the “latest” build on Windows Phone, then there shouldn’t be UI learning experience as it’s exactly the same as it has been five years ago.
Well, things could take a turn for the better as Opera will unveil two new builds for both Android and Windows Phone that are set to look more native to the OS itself.