Weekly Browsers Recap, April 19th

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Weekly Browsers Recap, April 19th

Thanks to Blake Sening, mabdul, Nox and Rohan Gharia for links.

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  • Tiago Sá

    “IE9 Will Change the Web Forever”
    Yeah, right. IE6 changed the web forever, that’s for sure, now what’s left to see is whether IE9 will change it for the same reasons. I kind of doubt it, but then again, I kind of doubt IE9 will change anything at all… GPU powered browsers are a no-go in this world where we’re getting more and more PCs and net-browsing devices that can’t even a HD movie decently. Sure, it’s going to be nice, and all the other major browsers will and have GPU acceleration before IE9 does, but I don’t think that will have a major impact. At least not in the short term.

    All in all, IE9 won’t change the web because it won’t innovate.

    “IE8 has blocked over 560 million malware sites: how many were legit?”
    This all makes me wonder why so few people use ad blocking software… The web advertising industry, like the entire advertising industry, is rotten to the core.

    “Simplifying Web Browsing? Google Chrome Drops URL Prefix”
    God! My Firefox omits the prefix (any of them) by default for years now! Thanks to a very handy extension called LocationBar2. And it adds incredible functionality that no other browser has, too. Incredible extension. You guys should make a post about it. It’s simply outstanding.

    • jarncrig

      > GPU powered browsers are a no-go in this world where we’re getting more and more PCs and net-browsing devices that can’t even a HD movie decently

      Not true at all. In fact, more and more PCs and net-browsing devices will be coming with GPU support exactly so they can handle HD movies!

      I doubt IE9 will change the world like IE6 as well. IE6 locked the world into Microsoft’s proprietary errors and non-compatibility. IE9 will continue to make great strides into maintaining web standards and high speed and performance, both Javascript and graphics and GPU.

      > all the other major browsers will and have GPU acceleration before IE9 does,

      Are you sure? Which browsers have GPU acceleration now? IE9 is one of the GPU innovators!

      IE9 may not change the web forever, it will promises to be a very good update from Microsoft!

      • Tiago Sá

        Opera has it already, to my knowledge. Firefox has it on the nightlies, at least to some extent, and 3.7 will have it (maybe even 3.6, since they seem to be happy with introducing this kind of stuff on minor updates, which is awesome), and Chrome… Nobody cares about Chrome. :twisted:

        Seriously though. Firefox is the most used browser in the world. THEY are in the position to change the web, no anyone else. Of course, Mozilla and Microsoft work together on this stuff, so it’s likely that Firefox’s progress has something to do with Microsoft’s progress, but I wouldn’t know. What I do know is that IE8 has a slow adoption, and Firefox 3.5 and 3.6 together have more more than it has and NOW, and will have more for a few months still (while other MSIE users don’t update). This is an indicator that when IE9 does come out, it will take a lot of time to take advantage of the market share that its predecessors have, to the point that, if it’s not adopted faster than IE8, it will still have less market share than Firefox 15 WHOLE MONTHS after its release. And this is not considering the market share growth Firefox might have in the future.

        Which I’m sure it will have, since 3.7 is looking mighty good, and 4.0 can only look absurdly better.

        • mabdul

          opera has it, but it is turned off by default (and at the moment can’t be turned on) because it is only beta and they have to work on it, but maybe they will release it as the first browser with gpu support… or maybe ff

  • mabdul

    oh fuck, see that i have a wrong email address included/set as default: so this comment is only to see my gravatar ^^