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Microsoft is looking to bring back users by toying with their emotions in this latest appeal:
The video clearly plays upon the current generation's nostalgia for the '90s. I've seen plenty of posts from my friends on Facebook saying "Like this if you're a '90s kid" and the like, so I have a feeling this appeal may actually work well for Microsoft. What are your thoughts on the ad? Will it bring you back to Internet Explorer?
Microsoft announced the ad on their blog:
Last year was a pretty great one for Internet Explorer. From hitting a year high on worldwide share to making some new friends like Officer Cupcake and Eugene Filon, we poked some fun at our past while helping the skeptics learn about the latest version of IE. Performance tests continued to show Internet Explorer 10 as the fastest browser on Windows 8 and security reports showed it was also the best browser to protect users from malware.
Which is why we thought it was time to invite those of you who haven't thought about Internet Explorer in a while to take a trip down memory lane. Internet Explorer is a child of the '90s, but we have done some serious growing up. Maybe IE was your first browser, but you haven't used it in a while. We aren't sure if Pogs or trolls will make a comeback as well, but we do know a lot has changed with Internet Explorer.
Dolphin Browser, one of the most popular mobile browsers just made a huge leap into the future by building in Evernote's Web Clipper. This makes it the first such browser to let us save, annotate, and tag webpages on the spot and see the changes pop up across all of our Evernote Synced devices.
Also included in the update is a single-step sharing process that simplifies sharing to social media sites and email. Users can even share content between browsers if they are on the same local network.
Developers also upgraded Dolphin Connect, to better sync bookmarks, passwords, and history between devices such as PC using extensions and add-on's to popular browsers.
Google unveiled Chrome 25 beta today, with some notable improvements, such as voice search. Other changes include the disabling of silent extension installs, the inclusion of Web Speech API, and a new tab page that includes a search box.
You can pick up the latest Chrome beta on Google's website.
Google has released version 24 of its popular operating browser, Chrome. The update hit the streets today with little word of anything from the search giant.
Google released a short and sweet blog post announcing the update. "With today's Chrome Stable release, you'll be booting up a faster browser. Feel free to kick back after the holidays and enjoy Chrome's new year freshness through automatic updates", said Dharani Govindan, Technical Program Manager for Chrome, in the blog post.
The update fixes several bugs, some Flash updates, and support for MathML. Bookmarks are now searchable via the Omnibox, and that is about it.
Reddit has certainly been a smash hit since its inception, but just how big was it in 2012? Well, according to the numbers released by the site, they received a massive 37 billion page views. An incredible number that is even more impressive when you add that those page view numbers were generated by 400 million unique users.
The site also saw 30 million posts, which gained 4 billion votes. Averaged out, it works out to be roughly 133 votes per post. Reddit's AMA with Obama is the record post, bringing in 5.5 million page views.
Reddit has released a post with the top posts of 2012 and the Best of 2012 Awards.
Last month, Mozilla announced that they would be killing the 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows due to many bugs and insecurities in the version, coupled with the fact very few users actually used or needed the 64-bit version. Mozilla has now reversed that decision due to backlash from users of the 64-bit version.
Mozilla is still looking to transition the large majority of 64-bit users over to the 32-bit version, though they will continue to provide nightly builds of the 64-bit version. Users will be forced onto the 32-bit through an automatic update, but will be able to download the 64-bit nightly and reinstall.
"After I announced my decision to disable 64-bit Windows nightlies, there was significant negative feedback. After reviewing that feedback, and consulting with Release Engineering, I believe that we can keep a set of users happy by making a modification to the original plan," Smedberg said. "I do hope that the projects and developers who are interested in win64 will work together to maintain this build configuration. I am interested in hearing from volunteers who want to become the 64-bit build maintainer. I will also set up a discussion list specifically for win64 issues, if that would be valuable."
I've already said some great things about Google Now in my reviews of the OS itself, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, as well as the review of the Nexus 4 - it truly is an amazing addition to Android, and is becoming one of the standout features of it, too.
Well, it looks like the Google Chrome team have just added a "skeleton for Google Now for Chrome" to the browser, which is showing the early stages of seeing the alert system/personal assistant app within the Chrome browser.
Google have gone as far as confirming that they're working on Google Now integration into Chrome, apart from totally admitting it. Moving Google Now into Chrome would be the next logical step and would be a great addition to the already powerful and popular browser. It would also give Google Now much more information to aggregate and sort out for you.
Microsoft's latest ad for Internet Explorer is actually quite good, company says new IE "sucks... less"
When first watching this new advertisement from Microsoft about Internet Explorer, I really didn't know what to expect. But as the video rolls on, you see just where they're going with it.
Microsoft are not stating that they are the undeniable champion of the browser space, because, well, they know that Chrome and Firefox from Google and Mozilla, respectively, are hugely popular web browsers.
But, that hasn't stopped the software giant from releasing a new advertisement over it - involving a basement-living Internet troll who attacks IE on sites, forums and Twitter. Eventually, he sees that IE has evolved into something he can actually accept - rather than vehemently attack.
And just like that, Mozilla has ended nightly builds of Firefox 64-bit for Windows. The reasoning behind doing so is logical and was laid out by Engineering Manager Benjamin Smedberg. Only 5 days after his post on the mozilla.dev.planning discussion board, nightly builds were turned off.
- Many plugins are not available in 64-bit versions.
- The plugins that are available don't work correctly in Firefox because we haven't implemented things like windowproc hooking, which means that hangs are more common.
- Crashes submitted by 64-bit users are currently not high priority because we are working on other things.
- This is frustrating for users because they feel (and are!) second-class.
- It is also frustrating for stability team triage because crash-stats does not easily distinguish between 32-bit and 64-bit builds in the topcrash lists and other reports. We basically ignore a set of nightly "topcrashes" because they are 64-bit only. (See bug 811051).
Browsing through the discussions, it was clear that a large portion were against disabling the 64-bit version, however, some did agree with him. He then posted "Thank you to everyone who participated in this thread. Given the existing information, I have decided to proceed with disabling windows 64-bit nightly and hourly builds. Please let us consider this discussion closed unless there is critical new information which needs to be presented."
On the heels of yesterday's Firefox for Android update, Mozilla has released Firefox 17 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The popular browser has seen heightened competition as of late from Google's Chrome browser and the other browsers available, such as Opera and Internet Explorer 10.
The latest version comes just a month after Firefox 16, which was released back in October. Mozilla has increased the frequency of updates, likely to match that of Chrome, and Firefox is now rolling out updates, bug fixes, and improvements every six weeks or so, a similar schedule to that of Chrome.
Version 17 of Firefox removes support for Mac OS X 10.5. This could be a bit of a problem for some Mac users as nearly 10 percent of Macs are still running the old operating system. They'll still be stuck with the old version of the browser, but this isn't too big of a deal because version 16 is a solid Firefox version.
Head on over to Firefox.com and pick up the latest version of the browser, which should be showing up online sometime today. If you're already a user of Firefox, you'll get the update automatically.