Mozilla is revamping Firefox and the result will make it more like Chrome and IE 10 and more suitable for mobile.
Enter Australis: Mozilla streamlines Firefox’s look by Stephen Shankland, Cnet (Nov 18)
“The new user interface is designed to be faster, easier to use, and suited for a future with Firefox running on phones and tablets, too. As always, though, change means pain.”
We’re not really rid of Clippy, Microsoft’s animated helper for Word. Now it’s Inori Aizawa as the anime heroine in the new Internet Explorer 11 browser. I don’t know what she does but the video is entertaining.
Meet Microsoft’s new anime IE ‘it’ girl, Inori Aizawa, Bonnie Burton, CNet (Nov 7)
As it gears up for the launch of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 on Thursday, Microsoft posted a new ad featuring Inori Aizawa, a feisty anime girl who battles robots with her trusty SmartScreen shield while wearing a Sailor Moon-esque outfit complete with the Windows logo on her skirt.
Add-ons slow browsers down. If your browser seems slow check this item How to See Which Browser Extensions Are Slowing Down Your Browser from How To Geek (Oct 7)
Chrome gets better by the day. Today, in the desktop version of Chrome 30, it is in being able to “Right-click on any image, and you’ll see an option to search using the image as the subject of the query. ”
No text? No problem for Chrome’s search by image, Seth Rosenblatt, CNet (Oct 1)
Android Chrome 30 has basic gesture support.
Another blow to plugins – this time from Firefox. All plugins except Flash will be deactivated – that includes Java. If you want to use it, you have to activate it.
Firefox to deactivate most plug-ins by default by Stephen Shankland, CNET (Sept 25)
“Plug-ins are now a legacy technology,” said Benjamin Smedberg, Mozilla’s engineering manager for stability and plug-ins, in a blog post Tuesday. “Plug-ins used to be an important tool for prototyping and implementing new features, such as video and animation. As browsers have advanced, this kind of feature development can occur directly within the browser using technologies such as WebGL, WebSockets, WebRTC, and asm.js.
We may soon be saying goodbye to browser plugins. These have been enabled through NPAPI for the last 10 years or more and have included Java, Flash, Silverlight. Chrome already blocks Java as a security risk (user must override), and plans by end of 2014 to drop support entirely.
This article explains – Saying Goodbye to Our Old Friend NPAPI (Chromium Blog Sept 23).
But the web has evolved. Today’s browsers are speedier, safer, and more capable than their ancestors. Meanwhile, NPAPI’s 90s-era architecture has become a leading cause of hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity. Because of this, Chrome will be phasing out NPAPI support over the coming year.
Mozilla had also added more user control in Firefox over running plugins.
Mozilla has a short and very useful tutorial on using the Bookmarks toolbar for keeping frequently used bookmarks. Using this toolbar will save you time. Just add to it the sites you use most – and never hunt through bookmarks again or use up time at a search engine trying to recover the url.
Firefox Bookmarks Toolbar
Bookmarks Toolbar – Display your favorite websites at the top of the Firefox window, Mozilla (Sept) – includes a video on the how-to.
Internet Explorer might make a come back with release 11 – due later this year.
Microsoft claims massive speed boost in latest IE 11 build by Seth Rosenblatt, CNET (Sept 19)
IE11 is for Windows 7 users. It promises to be faster “than the competition” – and if we are to believe the video, dazzling.
IE 11 for Windows 7 is a big deal to Microsoft for several reasons. Most importantly, the Windows 8 version of the browser will ship with Windows 8.1 on October 18, but the Windows 7 version of the browser gives it a toehold among people who use Windows but haven’t upgraded.
Chrome, the browser, is five years old now, and has 17% of the US market. It runs on everything – Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS. It’s now seen as fast, simple, stable, reliable, and very progressive. Furthermore, Google is making money from it.
Stick a candle on it: Chrome turns 5, Seth Rosenblatt, Cnet (Sep 2)
“When users have been using Chrome, it tends to drive Web usage up, so it’s display ads too, not just search ads. And it’s a driver of Google Apps,” said Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president in charge of Chrome, in a 2012 interview. Although Pichai wouldn’t confirm it at the time, it’s likely that Google’s Traffic Acquisition Costs, the amount of revenue it must share with partners, goes down as more people use Chrome.
Amit Agarwal found a way to do a case-sensitive search for words on a page in CHrome – but it involves adding a bookmarklet. Google, it seems, has no intention of making it easy the way Firefox has with Ctrl F.
Perform Case-Sensitive Search in Google Chrome, digital inspiration, (Aug 22)