Microsoft is once again in hot water with European Union (EU) antitrust officials, this time for failing to fully comply with a 2009 settlement in which the Redmond software company agreed to give customers a choice of which Web browser to use when installing Windows. For the most part, Microsoft had been doing that, except in some instances where PCs shipped to European customers with Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 pre-installed.
Google is attempting to hammer out a record-setting $22.5 million settlement offer to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that the sultan of search effectively sidestepped privacy settings in Apple's Safari browser. If agreed upon, the $22.5 million settlement would be the largest fine ever handed out to a single entity by the FTC, which has ramped up efforts to ensure rights of online users aren't violated.
Browser plugins have had a huge say in our Web browsing experience over the past many years but now their existence and prevalence is what’s preventing us from experiencing the Web in the best way possible across our many Internet-enabled devices. The good news is that not only are plugins dispensable but they are on their way out. However, don’t expect them to vanish overnight. As opposed to a sudden and spectacular knockout punch, they are more likely to fall to a succession of small blows like the one Google just delivered in the form of the latest Chrome Beta.
The Norwegian browser team over at Opera Software just finished putting the final touches on Opera 12, which sheds its beta digs and is now available to download as a stable release. Opera 12 features "sexier security" with an overhauled badge that makes it easier to see what websites are up to, such as trying to use your location information or flip on your webcam.
The latest and greatest version of Mozilla's Firefox web browser -- Firefox 13 -- doesn't alter the browser scene with earth shaking innovation or groundbreaking feature additions, nor have we come to expect such gargantuan leaps in browser development since Mozilla swithced to a rapid release schedule. That said, there is a new version of Firefox on the Release channel, and here's what it brings to the table.
Google's Chrome team has reason to break out the bottles of champagne and fling corks through the office, something Dwight Schrute would never approve of. Why the celebration? Well, according to StatCounter, Chrome managed to unseat Internet Explorer to become the world's most used browser for the first time for a full calendar month in May. But if that's the case, why are corks flying in Microsoft's office as well?
Fresh off Facebook's acquisition of Instagram for a whopping $1.17 billion and following a lackluster initial public offering punctuated by more fizzle than sizzle, Mark Zuckerberg and company are reportedly interested in scooping up Opera Software, the Norwegian outfit behind the semi-popular Opera browser, and the only browser maker that puts out entertaining press releases.
Well, here's something we didn't think we'd be saying yet: by one group's numbers, Google Chrome just passed Internet Explorer as the most popular web browser in the world. The difference is only a fraction of a single percentage point, but nevertheless, the king has fallen in ridiculously short order -- Chrome passed Firefox for the second-place spot less than six months ago.
The latest Firefox beta contains a feature that has been on the Mozilla support team’s to-do list for, well, “forever.” The “Reset Firefox” option is intended to help users avoid troubleshooting headaches and will be particularly handy when nothing else seems to work. What’s more, you can reset the browser without sacrificing your personal data with this one-click option. Hit the jump to find out how.
Mozilla isn't mincing words when it comes to Microsoft's decision to limit or restrict the behavior of non-Internet Explorer browsers in Windows RT, the version of Windows 8 intended for systems with ARM hardware inside. In a semi-angry blog post, Mozilla raged against reports that Internet Explorer will be the only browser allowed to run in the privileged 'Windows Classic' environment, calling the move "an unwelcome return to the digital dark ages where users and developers didn't have browser choices." Ouch.