Archive for the ‘Browser Watch’ Category

Web browser market share results are out for September 2009 thanks to Market Share by Net Applications.

Internet Explorer has had more than a 1% drop this month, falling from 66.97% to 65.71%, it’s biggest single month drop since November 2008.

Other browser have had a good month, with Firefox moving from 22.98% to 23.75%.

Safari has moved from 4.07% to 4.24%, while Google Chrome has passed the 3% mark moving to 3.17% – up from 2.84%.

Opera has also had a good month, most likely helped by the release of Opera 10, hitting a share of 2.19%, up from 2.04%.

The browser wars seem to be slowly eroding Microsoft’s dominance, which can only lead to greater innovation and better browsers for consumers.

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Google ChromeGoogle has pushed out a new Chrome release to the stable, taking Chrome 3 to version

The update fixes one security hole in the V8 JavaScript engine which is rated as high severity and could allow an attacker to run arbitrary code in the Google Chrome sandbox.

As usual, the browser will be pushed out to current Chrome users, or can be downloaded directly from the Google Chrome website for new users.

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This months browser share statistics are out thanks to Market Share by Net Applications.

August has panned out like another typical month, with Internet Explorer dropping to 66.97% in August, from 67.68% in July.

Firefox jumped slightly to 22.98% from 22.47%, while Safari remained the same at 4.07%.

Google Chrome also increased its share from 2.59% to 2.84%, while Opera was also up from 1.97% to 2.04%.

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RockMelt BrowserNetscape founder Marc Andreessen is backing a startup who believes they have the next best browser under their belt.

Named RockMelt, the yet to be released browser is still surrounded under a cloud of mystery, with very little being known about the actual technology.

The RockMelt website offers users a registration form, allowing the, to be informed about the browser as new information is released.

No release date has been announced, but the browser will be set to face stiff competition against the main 5 browsers already in the market.

We will keep you updated.

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Web browser market share results for July 2009 have been released thanks to Market Share by Net Applications, and for another month Microsoft Internet Explorer is down again.

Internet Explorer dropped almost half a percent to 67.68%, while Firefox was up 0.04% to 22.47%.

Other winners for the month were were Safari up from 3.79% to 4.07%, and Google Chrome up from 2.40% to 2.59%.

Opera had another bad month falling from 2.03% to 1.97%.

Interesting results for Firefox, with the release of 3.5 seems to have failed at attracting any more market share. Full results for June and July 2009 are available online.

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Microsoft has released Silverlight 3, after being in beta testing since March 2009.

Silverlight 3.0 includes over 50 new features, including graphic processing unit (GPU) acceleration, 3D support, H.264 video support and out-of-the-browser capabilities to Silverlight.

A full list of features can be read on the Silverlight website. Silverlight 3 is available for Windows and Mac OS X today.

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Browser market share results have been released for May 2009 thanks to Market Share by Net Applications, and no surprises as Microsoft Internet Explorer loose another 0.5% of it’s market share, dropping back to 65%.

Firefox had a steady month, still with its 22.5% share. Apple’s Safari has jumped from 8.2% to 8.4% this month, while Google Chrome has seen a jump from 1.4% to 1.8%.

Opera has also stayed steady, with 0.7% of the pie. Microsoft should be concerning, with the recent release of Internet Explorer 8 hoping to patch the trickle of users flocking to other browsers.

The full detailed statistics for May’s results are available online.

Silverlight 3Microsoft has confirmed to Silverlight 3 beta testers that Silverlight 3 will be released to the public on July 10th, much earlier than the original expected date of Q4 2009.

Silverlight 3 adds many new features, including 3D support, local graphics acceleration, and H.264 video.

Silverlight is Microsoft’s answer to Adobe AIR and Flash, and is available on PC and Mac. The current beta can be downloaded from Microsoft.

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Mozilla, famous for Firefox, has released Prism 1.0 beta to the public.

The application which is yet to see mainstream media attention, allows users to turn some websites into downloadable applications which they can use on their computer when they are offline.

Prism works on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.

More information plus a download link can be found on the Mozila Prism website.

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Both Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome have continued their upward trends through April, increasing their market share. Firefox increased it’s share to 22.5%, up half a percent on last month, while Google Chrome was up around a quarter of a percent to 1.4% share.

Internet Explorer on the other hand continued to bleed users, slumping for another month. Despite the release of Internet Explorer 8, the browser lost almost three quarters of a percent to finish of the month with 66.1% market share.

Both Apple’s Safari and Opera stayed steady for the month, with 8.2% and 0.7% market shares respectively.

More detailed results can be seen using Market Share by Net Applications.

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