Google's Chrome browser has really been on a roll the last few months, and April was no exception according to numbers from NetApplications. The internet analytics firm said Chrome saw a 0.6% increase in usage share over the previous month. Chrome now sits at 6.7% market share. On the other side of things, we have Internet Explorer and Firefox, to whom the month of April was not as kind.
Internet Explorer saw another steep decline of 0.7% dropping it just below 60% market share for the first time since AOL ruled the interwebs. Firefox was technically up last month, but only by 0.07% to 24.6%. That magical one-quarter market share is just ever so slightly out of reach.
It's clear that IE users are moving to other browsers, but it looks like they're moving to Chrome in larger numbers. Add to that a few Firefox users migrating to Chrome, and you have bleak picture for anyone that isn't The Big G. Where do you come down in the browser wars?
Few could have guessed at the time of release 8 years ago that Internet Explorer 6 would turn out to be such a resilient browser, but here we are on the heels of IE9 and IE6 is still going strong, even against the warnings of security experts and Microsoft itself.
According to a recent study conducted by Chitika, a search-targeted advertising solutions firm, IE6 ranked fourth among all browsers, claiming 13 percent of usage during peak business hours. What this means is that IE6 is being used while at work, between the ours of 5AM and 2PM CST. After hours, however, the usage number drops to 6 percent of all Web traffic, Chitika noted.
"It almost looks like individual Internet users are more tech-advanced at home than the IT departments where they work," said Alden DoDrosario, Chitika's CTO, in a statement. "It's crazy to think that people whose job description revolves around employees having secure ways to browse the Web would keep IE6 alive, while these same employees go home to more secure browsers."
The same pattern holds true when broken down on a day-by-day basis. During the week, IE6 remains the fourth most used browser, and then loses nearly half of its market share to Firefox and IE8 during the weekend, Chitika says.
New data from analytics firm Net Applications shows Google's Chrome browser holding a 6.1% market share through March. Based on the rate of increase, the browser is expected to break into double digits this year. Moat of Chrome's gains have come at the expense of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which fell from 61.6% to 60.7% in March. It should be noted this is also when the EU implemented their browser ballot screen.
Chrome has been on the rise as of late as other browsers were flat of shrank. Even the ever popular Firefox only saw 0.3% growth in March. Chrome had only a 1.6% market share this time last year, so usage has nearly quadrupled. Google has been iterating the browser rapidly and recently added extension support for the stable builds. Combined with the speed and stability of the browser, it may finally be catching the eye of more users.
The upcoming Chrome OS is expected to be based on the Chrome browser. In the early preview builds users Chrome simply sits on top of the underlying framework allowing users to access cloud-based applications. The expectation is that this will be similar to the final product. Do you use Chrome? If so, why did you choose it over Firefox?
Microsoft is having a Windows conference in May, but don’t get your hopes up, no Windows 8 news is expected. The so-called Windows Summit is designed to help software and hardware makers to develop products and services that work well with the current versions of Windows and Internet Explorer. The Three day event is currently scheduled for May 25-27.
According to a Microsoft statement to Cnet, they are looking to attract developers “who are looking to engage with Microsoft on an intimate level or who haven't engaged with Microsoft in the past 18 months.” Sounds awkward. A (hopefully not as awkward) keynote will be given by Microsoft General Manager Mike Angiulo. Registration for the event will cost $399.
The conference will probably not contain any big news, to our dismay. Attendees are not even required to sign non-disclosure agreements. It seems like Microsoft is looking to reach out to new developers, and encourage them to work on Windows 7 and IE8. We have an idea how Microsoft could get said developers fired up. It involves a certain sweaty CEO pumping his fists and chanting “developers”. Who wouldn’t love that?
A handful of hackers will leave CanSecWest's security show a little richer than when they arrived after participating in the annual Pwn2Own contest. Charlie Miller, for example, won $10,000 for hacking Safari on a MacBook Pro without having physical access to the rig. You may recall that Miller, a principal security analyst at Independent Security Evaluators, walked away with $5,000 last year for exploiting a hole in Safari, and $10,000 for hacking a MacBook Air in 2008.
Safari wasn't the only software to fall. Peter Vreugdenhil won $10,000 for hacking Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 browser, while Nils, head of research at UK-based MWR InfoSecurity, collected the same amount for exploiting Firefox on Windows 7-64 bit (Nils declined to provide his last name).
Both Ralf Philip Weinmann and Vincenzo Iozzo will share a $15,000 prize for hacking Apple's iPhone. They did so with an exploit written two weeks ago designed to steal the contents of the SMS database.
"The payload executes and uploads the local SMS database of the phone to the server we control," Weinmann said.
If you’re still running XP after all these years, odds are you’ve settled in nicely and don’t plan to leave until you have no choice. Well, that might be happening sooner than you expected. Microsoft announced today that they were working on Internet Explorer 9, and that it would not support Windows XP. This could be a sign that Redmond is putting XP development permanently on the back burner.
The new browser will be heavily dependent on hardware acceleration that just isn’t possible on Windows XP. IE General Manager Dean Hachamovitch even went so far as to day that a “modern browser” would require “modern operating system”. Those in the know were fully aware this might happen, as Microsoft announced the need for hardware acceleration at last year’s PDC. In the end, when IE9 hits next year, XP will be ten years old. It might be time to give Windows 7 a shot. Take it as a sign.
The big news in browser development today is that Microsoft made a series of announcements surrounding its upcoming Internet Explorer 9 at MIX10. Chief among them is that the IE9 Platform Preview is now available for public consumption, but that's really just the tip of the iceberg.
"Internet Explorer 9 enabling GPU-accelerated HTML5 is a milestone for visual computing," said Drew Henry, general manager of GeForce and ION GPU business unit at Nvidia. "By harnessing the power of Nvidia GPUs, Internet Explorer 9 removes the glass ceiling for Web developers, enabling them to build graphically rich, high-performing Web applications."
As part of a regulatory requirement imposed by the European Union, Microsoft has implemented a browser ballot for European Windows users, and as expected, the ballot has given rise to alternative browsers.
According to Mozilla, more than 50,000 people had downloaded Firefox as a direct result of the choice screen Microsoft is forced to show.
"It's definitely being taken up, so consumers are paying attention and taking advantage of the choice being offered to them," said Thomas Vinje, legal counsel to the European Committee for Interoperable Systems, a lobbying group based in Brussels whose members include Opera.
While the initial results look promising for Firefox and other competitors, Microsoft said it's too early to draw a conclusion on whether the choice screen could lead to significant users ditching Internet Explorer.
Google launched their Chrome browser just over a year ago, and new figures from analytics firm Net Applications seem to indicate things are going quite well indeed. The plucky young browser was the only one of the top five to see any gains in the month of February. While certainly far from being the market leader, Chrome is now solidly in third place with 5.61% of the market. Internet Explorer and Firefox took first and second with 61.58% and 24.23% respectively. IE lost 0.54% and Firefox lost 0.20% last month.
Chrome has gained a reputation for being speedy and usable out of the virtual box. It is also reputed to be more standards compliant than other leading browsers. Whatever the reason, users are responding. The recent 4.0 release brought better HTML5 support, bookmark syncing, and the all important extension support.
Firefox came about at a time when Internet Explorer dominated the market almost completely. There was only one fight to be had for the Mozilla team at that point. Chrome is now up against a still widespread Internet Explorer and a very number two in Firefox. Google may not be overtaking a competitor any time soon, but Chrome is definitely moving in the right direction. So, do you use Chrome? Is it better for you than Firefox?
There's been a lot of talk regarding Microsoft's upcoming browser ballot, but not a whole lot of concrete details, and no screenies. Until today. In a blog post, Microsoft's deputy counsel Dave Heiner outlined "what to expect" from its EU-mandated "Web browser choice screen."
"External testing of the choice screen will begin next week in three countries: the United Kingdom, Belgium, and France. Anyone in those countries who wishes to test it can download the browser choice screen software update from Windows Update. We plan to begin a phased roll-out of the update across Europe the week of March 1," Heiner wrote.
The browser choice screen will include a "list of leading browsers," including Google Chrome, Mozilla's Firefox, Apple's Safari, Opera Software's Opera, and of course Redmond's own Internet Explorer. These five browsers will be displayed in random order so as not to favor one over the other. Users will also have the option of scrolling to the right to view 7 more browsers, also laid out in random order.