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Friday, April 1, 2011

Whose Browser Will Reign Supreme?

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 04:00 PM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/br...ho_new_king_web

"Our goal is to figure out which of these three is the best vehicle for navigating cyberspace. We’ll be paying particular attention to new features, security, privacy, and of course performance. We’ll even throw in a few power user tips for each one. And for those of you who roll with Opera and Safari, don’t worry, we’ll cover the latest versions of those, too. In the words of Michael Buffer, “Let’s get ready to rumble!” "

There are a lot of people that do not really care which web browser they use. It could be argued that you could change the browser on them and they would not even notice. This review is not for them. Some of us are quite picky about our browser. We like things a certain way, with certain plug-ins or features. After a while, the browser, which we probably use more than any other application at this point, becomes like a comforting friend who holds your hand while you travel through the wonderful world of the Internet. Of course, there are also times where we have second thoughts. The magic has faded and we start to find ourselves frustrated with our companion. Frequent crashes. Laggy behaviour. Rendering problems with specific websites you visit. So you eyes start to wander and look for something fresh and tasty. Then this review is right up your alley! A good overview of all the major browsers (admittedly only for Windows users) lets you taste each one before you commit to a new relationship. Personally, I have been using Firefox for many, many years and it has served me well, but lately, I have been finding that it is becoming a bit bloated and taking up considerable amounts of memory. The new release of Firefox 4 may help with that. If not, I guess I will have to find something better! Do you have any preferences? What browser do you evangelize?


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Behold The Future! Behold Internet Explorer 9!

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/ie9-...et-pay-off/2954

"By any objective standard, Microsoft has succeeded at the task it set out to do: build a fast, standards-compliant browser with a clean, modern design that integrates well with Windows 7. But is that enough to preserve its shrinking lead in an increasingly competitive field of browsers? Can it convince defectors to end their experiments with Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox and return to the fold?"

The browser wars continue and Microsoft is still making strides to make sure it stays relevant in today's digital marketplace. With it now being much closer to standards compliant, it almost seems to me as if browsers have become utilitarian, or almost a commodity. Allowing for minor quirks, websites seem to work in most browsers without a hitch. Considering the trend towards mobility these days, I think that rendering speed and battery saving features (like hardware acceleration) have become the most important on a technical level though it looks as if everyone is already addressing that.

What will make any browser stand out over any other is likely to be the feel and customizability. I have seen people very used to a particular pattern on how to do things (I am victim to that myself) so any straying from a rhythm I am used to is bound to make me feel uncomfortable. What it likely comes down to is that the only reason Internet Explorer could remain dominant is because it being a "default" choice for Windows computers. With that market also diminishing, it looks like it looks like IE9 is made to stay competitive, not on the top.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

IE9 Trounces Rival Browsers in Socially-Engineered Security Attacks

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 02:37 PM

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscent...r_security.html

"A new report from NSS Labs studies how various Web browsers perform when it comes to blocking socially-engineered attacks. The startling results show that Internet Explorer isn't just better than rival browsers like Chrome and Firefox--but leaves competitors completely in the dust."

I've been using IE9 beta on the Lenovo M90z and it's quite impressive; it has the svelte space-saving UI of Chrome, and apparently also has excellent security when it comes to protecting users from socially-engineered attacks. This is a nice win for Microsoft!


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Who Should You Choose When You're "Just Browsing"

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...ari-5,2680.html

"While this is a follow-up to our original Web browser Grand Prix, we have also included some standards compliance testing along with enhanced memory benchmarks. We feel that even though these tests do not directly affect speed, they are crucial to overall performance. But don't worry, we'll separate those benchmarks from our speed tests in the conclusion, so you'll still get to find out which Web browser is the fastest when judged purely on raw speed."

Web Browsers have definitely become one of the major components of our Internet connected life. The concept is great: A single application or platform through which you can access the largest communications network and one of the largest data repositories in the world. Of course, that vision is being challenged with the rise of apps on the iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone 7 (if it ever truly comes out) but for now, it remains one of the most important parts of computing. While we all have our own preferences, I am impressed that the web browser market is a five horse race. Yes, I know there are many other browsers to choose from, but there are five web browsers that have an appreciable amount of the market. I think it just demonstrates how cut throat the market is. In many ways, it is trivial to change browsers (with the exception of extensions) and that means that each browser has to compete fiercely to stay relevant. In another year or two, we might see a different landscape altogether.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Microsoft Settles Antitrust Case With EU

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 08:38 AM

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?...rAqcMgLR4&pos=6

"Microsoft Corp. ended more than a decade of antitrust disputes with the European Union by giving consumers a choice among Web browsers. Microsoft's Windows operating system will include a screen that gives users the option of using rival browsers, the European Commission said in a statement. The so-called choice screen, available by mid-March, lets users turn off Microsoft's Internet Explorer and install an alternative."

Here's why this is mostly an empty victory for the EU: the people who don't know any better, the people who have no idea what Firefox, Opera, or Chrome are, will click on the little blue "e" that they recognize. The people who are experienced enough to use alternate browsers will install whatever they want. So how exactly is this a victory for the EU? I'm just glad it's settled - Microsoft doesn't need distractions like this slowing it down.


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available For Download

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 04:21 PM

http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/20...-available.aspx

"We looked very hard at how people really browse the web. We looked at a lot of data about how people browse and tried a lot of different designs in front of many kinds of people, not just technologists. As tempting as it is to list here all the changes both big and small in IE8, we'll take a more holistic approach. That's how we built the product and how we'd like to talk about it. From our customer research, we saw that the bulk of user activity outside of web pages involved tabs and "navigation" - the act of getting to the site the user wants to get to. We also knew that adding features has an impact only if they're "in the flow" of how people actually use the product. Another menu item might matter in a checklist on a blog somewhere, but won't matter to real people browsing. That's why IE8's New Tab experience is so remarkable: it's obvious - after you see it..."

IE8 beta 2 looks like it has some nice features, but without a spell check or a download manager, it's not going to win me over from Firefox. Web slices look pretty cool though! Want to take it for a spin? Download it now. Looking for a deep dive on the new features? Brandon LeBlanc has that for you.


Friday, March 28, 2008

Safari 3.1 On Windows: A True Competitor Arrives (Seriously)

Posted by Tim Williamson in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:00 PM

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/pos...or-arrives.html

"We put the Safari 3 beta on Windows through the wringer last summer, and we weren't too terribly impressed. The problems were significant, such that we'd have a hard time recommending the browser to any Windows user. As of last summer, Firefox was still the Windows browser of choice here at Ars. Have things improved for Safari? Wow, have they."

ars technica puts Safari 3.1 for Windows (the first non-beta version of Apple's web browser) through the paces. I haven't had a chance to try Safari yet, but it looks like a pretty solid competitor against Firefox and Internet Explorer. Check out the review to see how Apple's browser holds up. If you've had a chance to try it, how do you like/dislike it? Could Safari one day be the king of browsers on Windows? Only time will tell...


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