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We have reported previously about how Chrome passed Internet Explorer in market share for a couple of days, but it seems as though Microsoft has turned the browser around and gained some market share back. The results from Net applications regarding March usage show an increase in Internet Explorers use with a matching decrease in FireFox and Chrome.
IE's usage share climbed from 51.9% to 53.8% whereas FireFox went from 21.8% to 20.6% and Chrome from 19.1% to 18.6%. Safari saw a microscopic jump in usage, amounting to about 0.1% increase ending at 5.07%. It's clear that Internet Explorer is still down from where it used to be, but Microsoft has done some good things from IE8 to IE9.
However, once you jump ship to another browser, it's near impossible to go back. It is worth it to check out Internet Explorer, however, because it seems as though it has done a lot of things right. Tell me, which browser do you use?
Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 18.
Google have just pushed the finished version of Google Chrome 18 onto the Internet, which brings hardware graphics improvements to HTML5's Canvas for 2D, and should make certain websites faster. Acceleration works on both Mac, and Windows, but not Linux at the moment.
You can get Chrome 18 for Windows, Mac and Linux, here.
Opera release Mini 7 for Android, also proud that they now have 160 million monthly Opera Mini users
Opera Software have launched their latest Android-based web browser, Opera Mini 7 for Android, after they previewed the browser at this years Mobile World Congress. This is perfect timing, as just weeks ago Android's 'robot' browser had overtaken Opera to stake claim to the top mobile Web browser for the first time.
The new release should help propel Opera into some new, uncharted territory as they're already able to brag they have an insane 160 million monthly Opera Mini users now, which is up from the already-great 140 million back in November of 2011.
The company also released Opera Mobile 12 for Android recently, which is more of a full-fledged mobile web browser compared to the cut-down Mini. Opera Mini uses the company's proprietary server compression technology to compress content before it gets to your phone, where it renders the websites on Opera's servers before hitting your phone.
Our Download of the Day is Firefox 12.0 Beta 2.
The absolute latest from Mozilla Firefox.
Firefox, the award-winning web browser, is now faster, more secure, and fully customizable to your online life.
Firefox empowers you to accomplish your online activities faster, more safely and efficiently than any other browser, period. Built with Tab browsing, popup blocking and a number of other seamless innovations, Firefox stands out ahead.
The wait is over. Firefox empowers you to browse faster, more safely and more efficiently than with any other browser.
Experience cutting edge features but with more stability
Provide feedback to help refine and polish what will be in the final release
Performance Enhancements: Faster startup time on Mac, Windows, and Linux
Optimized Memory Use:
Improved memory management: For many users, memory use is reduced by 30 percent or more, responsiveness is enhanced
Firefox Sync: Bookmarks and passwords now sync instantly
Enhanced Font Rendering: Fonts are rendered clear and sharp
It's no secret that Internet Explorer (Internet Exploder, as it's called by many) has been losing market share, mainly to FireFox and especially Chrome. We reported that Chrome overtook Internet Explorer, as far as market share was concerned, for a single day. It's not long before Chrome stays steadily in front of Internet Explorer. And Microsoft will have none of it.
Microsoft has launched a new marketing campaign to try and win back users and market share. "The Browser You Love to Hate" is the name of the new marketing campaign which focuses on making fun of previous versions of Internet Explorer to try removing Internet Explorer 9 far, far away from the previous versions. It's just the latest in what has become a somewhat apologetic marketing campaign. Check out the website for humorous and quirky pictures, social media testimonials, and videos like the one below.
Yes, a historic milestone took place over the past week. According to StatCounter, for one day, March 18, Chrome had 32.71 percent of traffic to IE's 32.5 percent. The lead was in no way huge, but it was there and that is a major event. Some curious graphs regarding the stats leading up to this have been released. Take a look below:
As you can see by the above graph, every weekend there was a significant drop in the usage of Internet Explorer and an equally significant increase in the usage of Chrome. What this shows then, is that many people are forced to use Internet Explorer at work who really don't want to. Because of this, Internet Explorer and Chrome appear to be in a dead heat when the playing field is leveled, such as on the weekends when few are working.
Our Download of the Day is Firefox 12.0 Beta 1.
The latest beta version of Firefox is here, v12.0 beta 1. The latest beta introduces two new features, and a bunch of changes, developer features and some fixes. The two new features include Firefox being capable of updating with less prompts from the UAC (User Account Control), as well as now line numbers being included in the Page Source.
- Line breaks are now supported in the title attribute
- Improvements to "Find in Page" to center search result
- URLs pasted into the download manager window are now automatically downloaded
- The column-fill CSS property has been implemented
- Support for the text-align-last CSS property has been added
- Experimental support for ECMAScript 6 Map and Set objects have been implemented
OS X: WebGL performance may be degraded on some hardware.
You can download the latest Firefox 12.0 Beta 1 here.
Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 18.0.1025.109 Beta.
The Beta channel has been updated to 18.0.1025.109 for Windows, Mac, and Chrome Frame.
This release changes to V8 back version 3.8. Full details about what changes are in this build are available in the SVN revision log. Interested in switching to the Beta channel? Find out how. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug.
You can get more information, and download it, here.
Our Download of the Day is Firefox 11.
We've had previous Download of the Day's where we've offered beta versions of Firefox, but today marks the official 11.0 release of Mozilla super-popular web browser, Firefox.
The complete list of changes is bigger than my Christmas wish list, so if you want to check it out, click here.
If you want to get straight into the nitty-gritty and download Firefox 11, then click here.
Mozilla used to be the browser, until Chrome came and pushed them to the side and stole their lunch money. Mozilla had a plan for version 11 of Firefox, which they wanted it to be "lighter and faster", where this theme will continue through 2012 with something the team calls "Project Snappy".
Other than sounding like a lobster thats still alive trying to snap at your fingers, Mozilla has discussed its success throughout 2011, and what 2012 will hold for the company. Mozilla have been fighting for the #2 browser spot over Chrome for the past six months, where Chrome pushed past Firefox for the first time in December last year. Mozilla thinks that branding could have a big deal of how they'll keep strong this year, where version numbers might take a back seat for once:
Version numbers will play a lesser and lesser role for users, but they will still matter to web developers, IT administrators and similar. The reason for having major version number bumps (e.g. version 6 to 7, 7 to 8, etc) is that new versions have had cases of non-backward compatible APIs, and the version number have been there to signal that it is not a minor release or maintenance update.
From a branding perspective, it will likely more go into being just Firefox, and that versioning will be more transparent.