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Battle rages between browsers

Beyond Microsoft, Google and Mozilla, other big names in the technology industry as Facebook and Yahoo! want to leave their mark on the market for web browsing.


Luckily for general users, who have won full freedom to choose, and for developers in particular to get rid of the chaos of standards supported and not supported, the browser market has matured. The battles fought mercilessly between Internet Explorer and a fireproof defunct Netscape Navigator in the late 90′s sound like much of the current Internet lesson in prehistory, and the mastery at the time by the browser Microsoft is losing the Over the years (and months) the category of monopoly. If in 2003 the percentage of touching implantation reached almost 95%, today you have to make do with a market share below 50%.

What happened? First, the nonprofit foundation Mozilla introduced its own browser that promote the creation of a more open web, and after several missteps over baptizing as Firefox. Part of its success is due to the agency to install extensions that tune with the operation of the product, besides being pioneered tabbed browsing, and a passionate community of programming and development that has created around you. Five years later, a popular and Google itself started to improve safety, speed and stability of existing browsers with Chrome, what has recently added a fourth term: synchronization. And between the two have managed to equalize the contest.

While Google Chrome has borrowed the crown of favorite browser worldwide in more than one, and twice in recent times. On Sunday 18 March for the first time ever, 32.7% of users chose it over another 32.5% of Internet users who continued to use Internet Explorer while not working day. The feat has been repeated for all the following weekend to cover two full days, from 5 to May 6, with a maximum lead of nearly 3 points (33.4% vs. 30.61%). And it culminated with a controversial reign of a whole week and respective proportions of 32.76% and 31.94%, between 14 and 20 May.

Consultants like StatCounter and Net Applications had to revise its analysis technology to discriminate the portion of extra traffic from the system prerrenderizado Chrome. And is that from the thirteenth release this browser loads a series of pages in the background that assumes they will be visited and actually counts as visible. But beyond this kind of chicanery, the general feeling and glaring developments point to a continuing decline of IE. Next to Firefox and Chrome, two rivals who are trying to put a dent Apple’s Safari, fighting since 2003 and the Opera, Opera Software, in competition since 1996.

Another controversy concerns the public complaint about an alleged plot Mozilla Microsoft to limit user choice in an increasingly imminent harm Windows 8 and third-party browsers on devices using ARM processor architecture Holdings. How? Allowing the exclusive use of Internet Explorer 10 on this platform, as rivals qualify as a return to the dark ages of the digital environment where there was only one browser on Windows. Why? As explained by the company led by Steve Ballmer, to ensure safety requirements and power management intrinsic to mobile chips on the x86.

The mobile land by strengthening

Clearly, the next major war between browsers, as is already happening among manufacturers of devices, applications and chipsets, has to be undertaken in the field of smartphones and tablets.

In this field the default browser installed on the terminals with Android operating system and the mobile version of Safari, this default in millions of iPhone and iPad are to stand up to an Opera Mini in recent counts has been losing its traditional leadership . Chrome and Mozilla have been introduced into the world of mobility with your custom edits to the green android system, the first in the room save a copy for IOS and the second has a mobile platform dubbed Boot to Gecko. Nokia and BlackBerry are struggling to stay afloat, with a still respectable share of around 10% and 6%. E Internet Explorer tries to get his head with its latest range of Windows phones.

And that’s not all, much less. Yahoo! has just surprised with the debut of its own browser for iPhone and iPad, which also functions as an extension for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari in the field of desktop computers: Axis. It works entirely in HTML 5, has features of search engine is intended to replace Safari. While Facebook has joined the party intending to Opera Software with a hearty stack of bills. This could be a great opportunity for both companies when it comes to strengthen its presence, especially now that social networks need to test the profitability of its business model and last making a smartphone with the help of former Apple engineers.

The fight is open, and today, anything can happen.

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Instant Google Pages: (Video)

Instant Google Pages: fast searches via the Chrome browser

Instant Google Pages: fast searches via the Chrome browser

Internet speed up its research by minimizing the loading time of pages, without the user having to select a result.This is the definition that gave Google its new service called Instant Pages, associated with its browser Chrome .At a conference held in San Francisco, Amit Singh, head of Search Quality at Google, has disclosed some of the innovative features revolving around the dimension of pre-rendered.
“We have to save users valuable time, thanks to the auto [help function to the data entry by typing the query, note] coupled with the Google Instant. ”
A series of tests has revealed a gain of time and proved that the time necessary to load a page classic (700 kilobytes, containing Javascript, images and advertising) could be reduced by almost five seconds.And Amit Singh added: “When we launched this feature a few weeks ago, it was a little apprehensive about the relevance of the results. “For this technique pre-rendering algorithms based on calculating the relevance of the results based on queries.Instant Pages will function declined in 23 languages.It should be integrated into the next stable version of Chrome browser this summer.
Several other improvements are expected in the coming weeks.Speech recognition is now integrated in the default browser of Google .
A simple drag and drop enough to search from an image file.To demonstrate the power of his new service, Google has posted a video based on the comparison between the classic version of the search engine and its equivalent in Instant Pages.It sees a serious time saver and relevant results.Watch the video YouTube Instant Google Pages:

Death of the The Flock browser

Last January, the browser was purchased by the company Zynga – who created the popular game Farmville on Facebook. Zynga would actually take ownership of Flock workers and had never indicated a desire to keep the browser alive.

At one time, Flock was innovated by offering internet users to link their Facebook account, MySpace or YouTube to their browser and investors will have invested more than $ 15 million. In 2008, he earned an award for Webby Awards.

According to the TechCrunch site, at the height of its popularity , it was up to ten million users.

Flock is now recommending users to switch to Firefox or Chrome browsers. It does not slip but word of Rockmelt browser. Launched last December, it fills substantially the same functions as Flock, or surf the web while keeping an eye on their social networks. As was the case for Flock is built on the platform of Google Chromium.

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Microsoft releases a preview of Internet Explorer 10

A year after announcing Internet Explorer 9 at its MIX10 conference , the Redmond giant reiterated the formula and unveiled April 12, 2011 first preview of its next browser to launch Mix11 . This platform preview 10 Internet Explorer is already available. Warning: this is not a full beta of the browser, but a simple demo of the display engine, with new tests .

The software was demonstrated during a keynote Dean Hachamovitch, Microsoft’s vice president in charge of IE. Presentation during which he again emphasized the observance of standards and superior performance of 10 on IE browsers on other graphically rich sites.

Note also, during the demonstrations presented at the conference that 10 IE running on a machine with an ARM architecture, so no doubt … the future Windows 8 , which should ship as standard when the browser is launched.

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