Performance based earn-out payments over the next three years could make this deal worth $155 million.
Opera Software today announced that it has acquired Skyfire Labs, a rival in the mobile browser space, in a deal that could be worth as much $155 million when all the checks are written. The Norwegian browser maker agreed to pay $50 million in cash and stocks upfront (including $8 million in cash on the Skyfire balance sheet), and will also make performance based earn-out payments over the next three years that could ultimately value the deal at $155 million.
Opera is pulling its Presto browser engine and replacing it with WebKit.
Opera Software today put the world on notice that its Presto rendering engine will be making a disappearing act. Going forward, Opera will make a "gradual transition" to WebKit, as well as Chromium, for just about every upcoming browser release for smartphones and computers, the Norwegian browser maker announced today. The engine replacement was mentioned as an aside to the fact that Opera's collection of browsers across all products now boast 300 million users.
The next version of Chrome features the Web Speech API for developers.
Other than a U-Haul truck full of bug fixes, Google's Chrome 24 didn't really introduce any uber exciting features to the masses. There was an update to Flash, some speed improvements, and not much else. Such is the side effect of having rapid fire browser releases, but lest you find yourself overly jaded these days, Chrome 25 looks to be a little more interesting with the inclusion of the Web Speech API for developers.
Don't look now, but 64-bit Firefox nightlies are set to return.
Mozilla in November made the decision to pull the plug on 64-bit Firefox for Windows, disabling 64-bit nightlies because of a lack of resources required to make it worthwhile. What Mozilla didn't anticipate was that there would be "significant negative feedback" from the online community, and because of that, the open source browser maker said it's willing to make a compromise.
In terms of market share, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome have been trading blows, angling for the coveted second place title all year. Firefox has continued to decline, but loses on all sides are leveling out, and Chrome isn’t seeing the huge gains it once did. This has given Mozilla the confidence they need going into 2013. Vice President of Engineering Johnathan Nightingale shared his own opinion on what they got right, and which of the company's many new initiatives have been resonating well with the Firefox community.
Turn out the lights, the 64-bit Firefox party is over. After developers discussed the topic in a somewhat lengthy thread, Mozilla has decided to shelve any and all work related to 64-bit versions of the Firefox browser. That includes nightly and hourly releases. Developer Benjamin Smedberg first proposed the idea of ceasing 64-bit development due to the builds being "a constant source of misunderstanding and frustration."
Once arguably the most widely used web browser in the world, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has witnessed a precipitous decline in usage over the past few years; where the browser accounted for 95 percent of the browser market at its peak in the early naughties, its current market share is estimated to be somewhere between 27.4 percent and 54.13 percent. But in certain parts of the world, it’s still, hands down, the most used browser. South Korea is one such place.
If you've long since switched to Chrome or Firefox and have been flirting with the idea of giving Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser another glimpse, now is a good time to do so. Microsoft released the preview version of IE10 to Windows 7 today, keeping with the mid-November time frame the Redmond software maker announced a month ago in an MSDN blog post.
Opera 12.10 dashes to the desktop today, and there are plenty of feature enhancements for both Windows and Mac users alike. Chief among them is basic touch support in Windows 8, so if you're rocking a touchscreen monitor, you can pinch-to-zoom the browser. Over in Apple's orchard, Opera 12.10 introduces support for "Retina" displays and plays nice with the Notification Center in the newest version of Mac OS X.