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Internet Explorer's decline leaves Firefox as #1 browser in Europe

Proving the Old World can still be positively refreshing when it comes to some things, the unstoppable decline of Internet Explorer in the motherland has finally left Firefox with the European pole position. Internet Explorer, across all versions, lost about 8% of its market share between December 2009 and 2010. Firefox, on the other hand, by losing just 3% of its share, has ended up on top....

The top Download Squad stories of 2010

As yet another year slips quietly into the annual abyss, it's customary to take a retrospective glance at all that has happened. While history is surely nowhere near as exciting as the future -- especially as far as technology is concerned -- we can still learn a lot by looking back at the events of a year and analyzing, with perfect hindsight, what actually happened. After all, it is one thing...

The new Internet craze: splitting hairs over fractional Web browser market share changes

In recent months you may have noticed a surge of posts by popular, authoritative tech sites on the topic of Web browser market shares. They all take roughly the same format: a bold title about how one browser is losing ground, a graph with almost-straight lines that neither educates or enlightens, and to finish, an impossibly ludicrous prediction about what we can expect next month. This is not...

This is why you should use Internet Explorer 9

It's a little bit ironic: I was in San Francisco for the launch of IE9, yet I still haven't written anything about it. A lot has already been covered by Lee, but there are still a few hidden gems and neat details that you might not know about. In an effort to continue our exhaustive and unrivalled coverage of Web browsers, I'm going to give you my take on Microsoft's new, prospective champion. ...

Firefox Friday: can Firefox hold off Internet Explorer 9 and Chrome?

Happy Firefox Friday, friends! In the lead up to an exciting winter, things have been heating up at Mozilla. There's strong competition from all sides. The IE9 beta launches next week and we'll soon see whether Microsoft can transform its excellent developer previews into something which can make the end-user salivate. Chrome's hardware acceleration currently leads the pack, and will presumably...

Opera strikes back at Chrome speed tests with a potato benchmark

Remember those Chrome speed tests? Well, apparently the guys at Opera saw them too, and wanted to one-up Google. The only issue was what approach to take. Google's tests are apparently very well funded and are done by a large crew of dedicated professionals. PR budgets and relative size differences being what they are, Opera wasn't left with much of a choice but to play the underdog card, ... and...

Skyfire announces its intention to follow Opera Mini on Apple iPhone devices; will bring Flash and Silverlight support?

Skyfire, bolstered by the approval of Opera Mini on the iPhone App Store yesterday, is now looking to bring its super-powered web browser to the 'iDevices'. Under the ingratiating veil of congratulating both Apple and Opera for their good work, Skyfire's CEO Jeff Glueck isrubbing his hands with delight: you see, Skyfire, unlike Opera Mini, also supports Flash and Silverlight. Skyfire is one...

Time to stop laughing: Opera hits 50M users on desktop, over 100M total

Ardent supporters of other browsers love to poke fun at Opera when the opportunities arise. After today's press release from the company, I'm guessing their take on things is "go ahead and laugh, we're still kicking ass." Opera has announced that their user base has surpassed 100 million users. That figure includes both Opera's desktop and mobile users, with each group accounting for about 50%...

Firefox Friday: the homogenization of browsers and the death of innovation

Whatever happened to being different? Once upon a time, difference was revered. Heck, I still think people, deep down, admire difference. It takes guts and balls and nerve to stand out from the crowd, to stand up for the ideas and paradigms that are important to us. Being truly different -- doing something that no one has done before -- pushes boundaries. I'm not talking about wearing eyeliner...

In just 16 months Google Chrome overtakes Safari

It's the second of January 2010 and the figures are in from December. In just 16 months, Chrome has caught up and passed Apple's Safari browser. Google Chrome now has 4.63% of the global market share, while Safari has only 4.46%! It doesn't look like a lot when you're talking about a fraction of a percent, but when you consider that last month Chrome only had 3.93% you can see just how quickly...

8 years late: Microsoft finally pushes users to upgrade from IE6

August 27, 2001 - Internet Explorer 6 launches. The entire Internet (minus the three Opera users) adopts the new-and-shiny Microsoft browser. In the eight (8) long, soul-destroying years since, users have been mostly oblivious to the pain and misery that Microsoft has brought upon senior Internet architects and lowly website designers alike. For 8 years, a vast percentage of the Internet's...

Game on, Microsoft: Google Chrome shipping as default browser on some PCs

The EC might be content with Microsoft's browser ballot screen, but that's not stopping Google from getting OEMs to turn away from Internet Explorer on their own. Google already has deals with several OEMs to include their software, of course. They've been shipping Google Desktop on OEM pcs for quite some time now, and their plans to drop Google Chrome on new users have come to fruition as well....

Old Man IE6 shakes fist as Firefox surpasses him in browser share

Web designers and standards advocates have tried everything to kill Internet Explorer 6, but it just refuses to die. In fact, Microsoft has extended support for the aging browser until at least mid-2010, and longer for some versions of Windows. However, there is strong evidence that people are coming around to browsers that support standards, don't make web designers cry, and have frickin' TABS,...

HTML 5 Wish List

Application are moving online at a frighteningly speed. People are increasingly using their computers as little more than internet terminals and media players. All of this innovation has happened, in part, because HTML and the browser marketplace has been relatively stable (even FireFox's original goal was to work like IE - only better). All that said, we've started to push Javascript, CSS, and...

Not so fast Safari; at least according to Wired

Think Safari is faster than IE and Firefox, we'd heard the hype too. According to Wired however, there may be little truth to that widespread perception. In tests performed at the "wired labs" -- which we imagine as the cubicle of some geek with a nerf gun -- Safari is several seconds slower loading common AJAX based pages like Google Calendar and GMail. The cult of Steve may drink the Kool-Aid...