For better or worse.
Despite the fact that IE8 is 5 years old, it is still used by more than 20% of all desktop users worldwide (as it still remains the most popular web browser in the world).
However, thanks to the recent changes to supported Windows configurations, the software giant will finally stop supporting Internet Explorer 8 with the change set to take place in early 2016, a long way to go indeed.
Good bye, ActiveX.
In an effort to improve the overall browser security and reduce user frustration, the software giant has announced that it will start blocking outdated ActiveX controls starting August 12, 2014.
According to Microsoft, “Java exploits represented 84.6% to 98.5% of exploit kit-related detections each month in 2013” and “to help avoid this situation with ActiveX controls, an update to Internet Explorer on August 12, 2014 will introduce a new security feature, called out-of-date ActiveX control blocking.”
It’s almost the middle of August so it’s time to dive into the desktop market share numbers and as always, we start with the Internet Explorer, which is no longer in an uptrend, now down by 0.37 point, from 58.38% to 58.01%.
Promises great battery life.
Today, Google and Acer have announced what they call “a new type” of Chromebook, which focuses on one thing only: battery life.
Thanks to the NVidia’s Tegra K1 processor, newly revealed Acer Chromebook 13 is said to have a battery life of up to 13 hours, a pretty decent number indeed.
Receives welcome improvements.
If for some reason Opera Mini is all you need then behold, a new update has arrived and here’s what you can expect:
- Text wrap and zoom options have been re-enabled and they can be accessed via Advanced Settings
- A Done button in the data menu, allowing for a faster navigation
- Improved various UI elements
With web notifications and more.
Even though it’s hot as hell in a lot of places in the world right now, it looks like guys at Opera prefer coding over sunny beaches and hot girls, which should be good news for you all.
Therefore, today they have announced the availability of Opera 25 Developer Preview, which includes a couple of new features, such as:
Needs more privileges.
Earlier this year we reported that Google was investigating the possibility of Google Chrome on Windows Phone, which got our hopes high.
Now, it looks like the search giant has finally reached a decision and it’s simple: there won’t be Google Chrome on WP anytime soon, the reason? According to the updated post, “Chrome needs more privileges than a regular metro app so there is no simple port.”
July, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Up; Safari, Android Browser – Down
Another month, another report.
First in the list is Apple’s Safari, which is still in a downtrend and has lost another 1.24 point of the market share, down from 46.07% to 44.83%.
For those having issues with the Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8.1 and the way it renders websites, your troubles might soon be over as the upcoming WP 8.1 Update 1 is set to change that.
According to Microsoft, a lot of websites don’t recognize IE as a mobile web browser and shows desktop content instead, resulting in a much different web experience compared to Android or iOS. However, thanks to the WP 8.1 Update 1 (coming to developers next week), which among other changes also brings different User Agent string and webkit prefix support, there was a 40% user experience improvement among 400 top mobile sites that Microsoft has tested.
Windows users rejoice.
Good news, Google has just announced the availability of 64 bit builds for Windows users on its Beta channel.
The best part: when you install it, it will replace your existing installation with all the settings intact. As if now, it’s available for Windows 7 and 8 users only so if you are still rocking Vista or XP, time to switch.