Even though the latest browser results show that Microsoft Internet Explorer continues its slide in usage, the company refuses to allow Windows XP users to install IE9 on their computers. It seems that Microsoft is hoping that Windows XP users will upgrade to Windows 7 once they realize that they cannot use the latest and greatest Microsoft browser.
This may have made good business sense back five years ago, when Internet Explorer held a commanding lead in the browser market and before Microsoft started to see its market share slide. As more and more users sought alternatives to Internet Explorer, mainly switching to Firefox, people no longer needed to be tied to one browser alone. Today Windows XP users have a multitude of choices from companies like Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, and others.
Here are the latest numbers for browser usage for each of the most popular browsers on the market:
Internet Explorer is at about 55.9%
Firefox holds a 21.8% market share.
Google Chrome comes in at 11.6%
With this in mind, Windows XP users have plenty of alternatives to use on their system no matter what Microsoft decides to do. In other words, Microsoft cannot believe that it is going to kill off Windows XP by not allowing IE9 onto the older operating systems. Or does the company believe this? Its excuse for not allowing IE9 onto Windows XP is that it would need to dumb down the browser to work on Windows XP and this would not be good in pushing the Internet forward.
Why is it that the other companies can get their browsers working on Windows XP without any issues? Why is it that these alternatives to Internet Explorer continue to grab more market share month after month?
What do you think, Windows XP users? Will you dump XP to get your hands on IE9? Or will you continue to use XP until your computer blows up?
If you haven’t got your hands on the final release of Firefox 4, you can download the Windows 32 bit version in English U.S. from the link at the bottom of this article. I am currently using the final release version of Firefox 4 to write this article and to share my observations with you.
After upgrading my add-ons to the latest versions, everything seems to be working properly.
Those who have tried the beta are already familiar with the graphic user interface [GUI]. It is totally different from past versions of Firefox and uses a look a la Google Chrome with the tabs up on top. I actually prefer the tabs up on top. Since I started using Google Chrome as my primary browser because of a compatibility issues using Zemanta, I have adapted easily to this feature. You also have the option to turn off tabs on top if you wish.
Memory usage, which has always been a bone of contention for me, has not improved. After running Firefox 4 for less than an hour, memory soared to 223,556K , according to Process Explorer. Though some have claimed that memory usage has improved, I haven’t seen it.
Speed. Everyone wants to talk about speed. Plus everyone wants to claim that their browser is the fastest. Today, every browser is fast — or is it the browser’s connection speed to the Internet that is fast? For those of you who are still on dial-up, no browser is going to be speedy. For those who use broadband, I seriously doubt that one will be able to see any speed difference as pages render quickly before your eyes.
What is going to separate and differentiate all of the browsers is when everyone starts to use all of the new versions and we can determine which browser is more secure.
Download a copy of Firefox 4 for yourself and let us know what you think.
Internet Explorer 9 was released Monday of this week and has already racked up more than 2.35 million downloads in the first 24 hours. According to Microsoft the beta version was downloaded only 1 million times during the first day of its release.
At 27 downloads per second, it gets 98,000 downloads per hour since the initial release. Compared to some other browsers, IE 9 hasn’t been very impressive. For instance, Firefox 3.5 saw more than 1 million downloads in the first hour. And by the end of its first 24 hours, Firefox 3.0 had been downloaded 8 million times.
Now it isn’t just about the numbers but the usability of the application. With updated HTML5 integration and an improved UI, this version of Internet Explorer is comparable to Google Chrome and even Mozilla Firefox. Speed tests done online show that it is comparable with processing and usability of the app.
Between IE8 and IE9 there has been an amazing speed improvement. The main reason why I moved away from Internet Explorer is the speed of the application. To launch, I usually had to wait 15-30 seconds for it to load up and bring me to the home page. Loading pages on the application took ages and I finally gave up migrating over to Google Chrome which loads Web pages in an instant. After short use of IE9, Web pages are loading just as fast as they do in Firefox or Google Chrome.
I am thoroughly impressed with the way IE9 has made major improvements with the UI and speediness of the application. Overall, I might be persuaded to switch back to Internet Explorer if Google starts to lose its touch with Google Chrome.
By far, Google Chrome is the browser of choice if you want speed and usability. But to say that Internet Explorer is comparable with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox is saying a lot.
Soon Internet Explorer 9 will face more competition from Firefox, which is set to release the final version of Firefox 4 on March 22.
Reader Buffet asked me a question about upgrading to IE8:
When IE8 first came out, the Internet was rampant with horror stories of people who had downloaded and installed the final release only to have it wreak havoc on their systems and plague them with problems! Have the issues been addressed and corrected? In your opinion, should I feel safe upgrading from 7 to 8? Thank you very much for your time.
I responded to Buffet that I knew that IE8 worked well in Windows 7. My wife uses IE8, which she prefers, on her Windows 7 box. I also knew that Microsoft had fixed the original problems that many experienced and that it should work OK for him. I also said to make a restore point, which is always a good idea no matter which software you install.
But I refrained from adding in my reply to dump IE8 and use Firefox or Chrome. I haven’t used any version of IE for at least five years. I have used both Firefox and now Chrome exclusively on my personal systems. On the Cr-48 notebook I am testing for Google, the only option is Chrome. On my personal laptop, which dual boots Windows 7 and Linux Mint, I have also switched over to Chrome.
Do I recommend that everyone switch over to Chrome? Absolutely not. We all have our favorite software that we use and basically all of the browsers do the same thing: open up Web sites to us on our computers. But I have mentioned this before and I will say it again. It is the feel of the software that dictates which one I use. But in this case with my choice of browser was the issue that one particular add-on I used failed in Firefox. In Chrome the extension worked fine, so I switched browsers.
Now my question to all of you is: which browser do you use and why?
I have kept something quiet for the past few months, that I haven’t shared with anyone. I have stopped using Firefox on my Windows machine running Windows 7 Ultimate for about two months. The problem began several months ago when one of my add-ons named Zemanta disappeared on my web sites here at Lockergnome. I contacted Chris and he assured me that nothing was changed to prevent Zemanta from working. So I installed Google Chrome on my box, installed the Zemanta extension and it worked perfectly.
So what is Zemanta? Zemanta is designed with the blogger in mind. The program provides relevant images, articles, links and tags for the article you are writing. I find Zemanta as great asset and use it often. When it stopped working, I really missed it, so I switched to Chrome to get it back.
When I switched over Linux Mint I was happy to se an old friend waiting for me. Mint uses Firefox as the default browser, so I fired it up and added all of the add-ons I used, including Zemanta. All was well until yesterday. When I fired up Mint and launched Firefox, I had trouble accessing my web sites. I did all of the trouble shooting, rebooting Firefox, clear cache, reboot router, modem, all to no avail. All other sites I visited worked perfectly.
So I once again contacted Chris, The sites were checked and all was well. This morning it dawned on me. Could it be Zemanta causing the problem once again? I uninstalled Zemanta and the web sites worked perfectly for me. But since I like using Zemanta when I blog.I downloaded and installed Google Chrome and installed Zemanta and it worked perfectly.
This is the first time I have experienced a problem with a Firefox Add-On.
Have I been lucky in the past? Or is this an exception and all other add-ons work well?
So my question is this. Have you had problems with any Firefox Add-Ons?
The FCC is proposing that browsers include a do not track tool and Mozilla is taking the proposal serious. The company has announced that it will include a do-not-track system, but when it will be available is not known. Mozilla has been working on their new Firefox 4 browser for some time, but it is not known if the tool will be ready when the browser release to the public. Currently Firefox 4 is still in beta testing.
So what will the new tool accomplish? In theory the tool will be able to allow a user to opt out of being tracked on web sites. But there is just one small problem. In order for the tool to work, tracking companies would need to allow the tool to function on their web sites. Mozilla is urging the trackers to jump on board, but currently there are no takers.
In a recent article it further stated that:
Mozilla’s move comes amid growing privacy concerns about the online-tracking industry. Last month, the FTC called for the creation of a do-not-track system and the Obama administration called for an online “privacy bill of rights” focused on the commercial data-gathering industry.
So is this just a bunch of hype or is it really going to become a reality? It depends if a law is passed forcing companies to adhere to the do-not-track system. There is no doubt in my mind that the FCC will be challenged in court and that this is years from ever becoming a reality. On the WJS site they have a poll asking readers if they supported a no tracking tool and 92% responded that they did.
So there is public support not to be tracked. But of course there is also public support for not being spammed either.
Is there anyone reading this that hasn’t received spam? :-)
Google’s Chrome browser has tripled their market-share in just one year. the latest browsing figures now shows that Chrome controls 11.5 % of the market, with Mozilla Firefox at a respectable 31.5% garnering the 2nd spot in the browser war. The downward slide of Internet Explorer is being contributed to the ruling of the European Union and Microsoft needed to include all popular browsers and not I.E. alone. The latest figures show the I.E. has dropped to below 50% market-share.
In a recent article it also stated that:
“This is certainly a milestone in the Internet browser wars,” Aodhan Cullen, chief executive of StatCounter, said in a statement.
The research firm found that the rising star in the browser market was Google’s Chrome, which has tripled its share to 11.54% in September from 3.69% the same month a year ago. In June, Chrome overtook Apple Safari for the first time in the U.S. Mozilla Firefox holds the second largest market share with 31.5%.
Microsoft has been the powerhouse in the browser market since the company started bundling IE with Windows in order to compete with Navigator, a browser launched in 1994 by Netscape Communications Corp. By leveraging its Windows monopoly, Microsoft contributed to the eventual demise of Netscape.
Today, government regulators require Microsoft to create a level playing field for competing browsers in Windows. In Europe, European Commission competition authorities require Microsoft to provide a menu of browsers to give Windows users a choice.
The stiff requirements in Europe have contributed to IE’s share falling to 40.26% in September from 46.44% a year ago, StatCounter said. In North America, IE still accounts for more than half of the market at 52.3%, followed by Firefox at 27.21% and Chrome at 9.87%.
Other companies like Net Applications have come up with the same conclusions.
There is only one thing left for Microsoft to do. They need to sue Google, Mozilla and others for patent violation. LOL If you can’t compete, sue.
OK. I admit. I was bored. So when I read a reader’s comment about how much faster Palemoon was than Firefox, I decided to give it another try. I must admit, reading the Web site helps. I did not realize that on the Palemoon site there is a migration tool that copies over your Firefox user profile. This saves a lot of time, because when I first tried Palemoon, I thought it was a giant pain to try and put back on my toolbar, add ons, extensions, themes, history, settings, and bookmarks. So when I saw the migration tool I decided to give Palemoon another try.
Before doing anything, I highly recommend if you wish to migrate, use the add-on called FEBE. FEBE makes a backup copy of your profile in case something goes wrong.
The migration was a snap. The tool worked perfectly and my profile with all settings was transferred over to Palemoon without issue.
So is Palemoon quicker than Firefox?
It is. I have always been a firm believer that an experienced user can feel the difference in performance when using any software without the need for benchmarks. IMHO Palemoon is quicker.
Will I be staying with Palemoon?
Yes I will. I like the snappy response plus the benefit that it is Firefox, optimized. :-)
Over the weekend and for the last couple of day if you had Firefox it would prompt you for a flash update. This update looks a little odd because it looks exactly like the Firefox update page that you get when Firefox is updated. This page may have many people confused because it is an exact clone of what the official Firefox page looks like.
Some Anti-virus systems are able to detect and block the link that this fake update page is pointing to. Others detect it too late, because this update once installed, is very hard to remove. Most free and paid anti-virus systems are unable to remove this virus once it is infected in your system. You will have to use a 3rd party Malware removing program such as Malwarebytes.
Just run a full scan on your system and it should pick it up no problem. Malwarebytes will remove it and restart your system. The virus should at this point be removed but for extra measure run another scan to pick up anything that could be left behind.
Why is it that when software companies try to improve an already established product, the first thing they want to do is change everything around? What I am talking about are the buttons, tool-bars, and menu features that we finally have become familiar with. This was my first impression of the new and improved Firefox browser from the folks at Mozilla. Is it just me or does Firefox now look like a combination of Opera and Chrome?
I realize that many of the improvements are hidden in the background to adhere to the latest technology changes on the Web. For this I say, ‘yippee!’ But it has taken me almost five years to adjust myself in using Firefox and these changes, IMHO, are not necessary. Improvements to the engine, yes. Changing the GUI, no.
IBM, aka Big Blue, has decided to make Firefox the browser of choice for their 400,000 employees. Considering that IBM and Microsoft have been at odds for many years [does OS2 ring a bell], this should be no surprise. What is surprising is that it took IBM this long to dump Internet Explorer considering the companies animosity towards Microsoft.
Over at ReadWriteWeb, they state the following information:
According to Web analytics site StatCounter, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still leads the pack worldwide, with 55%, while Firefox follows with just under 30% and Google’s Chrome rounds out the top three with 8%. While 400,000 users doesn’t mean a big percentage jump in the worldwide browser market, it is a backing by one of the world’s leading hardware and software developers.
IBM’s Bob Sutor, vice president of open source and Linux stated:
Firefox is stunningly standards compliant, and interoperability via open standards is key to IBM’s strategy. Firefox is open source and its development schedule is managed by a development community not beholden to one commercial entity. Firefox is secure and an international community of experts continues to develop and maintain it. Firefox is extensible and can be customized for particular applications and organizations, like IBM. Firefox is innovative and has forced the hand of browsers that came before and after it to add and improve speed and function.
What is surprising is that Mozilla Firefox now commands 30% of the world market. I know I would never have guessed that Firefox would do so well and actually find a large following. This does go to show that you can build a better mouse trap.
Mozilla has released a new update for their popular Firefox browser to version 3.6.4. The folks at Mozilla state that the new release will help stop crashes caused by third party plugins. Over on their blog site Mozilla folks stated:
Mozilla recognizes that third-party plugins provide important functionality in many of today’s websites. At the same time, plugins can lead to problems for users as they browse. With the ability to automatically alert users when they have out of date plugins, and now crash protection, Firefox 3.6.4 allows users to experience all the content they love without any of the hassles.
At this time Firefox offers crash protection for Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime and Microsoft Silverlight on Windows and Linux computers. Support for other plugins and operating systems will become available in a future Firefox release.
To get the updates go to Help – Check For Updates.
I haven’t installed a new Linux version in a long time, so when I read all the hype about Peppermint Linux OS, I downloaded and installed a copy. Hint: When you go to the download page on the Peppermint’s site, select the link at the bottom of the page:
The download from this mirror is fairly fast compared to the others and I recommend you use it.
I have a test box which consists of a dual core AMD at 3,1GHz, 4 GB of RAM and I used a sata drive I had sitting on the shelf for the install. As with most Linux versions I have used recently, Peppermint installed without any issues. This Linux version boots very fast. In fact my first thought was lightening fast when the OS started.
The first thing I did was connect to my wireless network which was easy. After which I opened Firefox browser, which is the new 3.6.3 version and was immediately on the Internet. So why is this OS called a ‘cloud’ OS? According to the folks who produced Peppermint they state:
Peppermint OS One features automatic updates, easy step-by-step installation, a user-friendly interface and increased mobility by integrating directly with cloud-based applications; it is also ready to use out of the box and is free.
Built into the OS are all of Google’s popular apps like Doc’s, Gmail, Reader and Calender. Plus you have Facebook, Hulu, Mozilla Prism, YouTube and more. Here is a a screen shot running Prism running Seesmic and Hulu:
This Linux version is very easy to use and so for I like it. I will be playing with for about a week or so and will report back my findings. In the mean time if you would like to give Peppermint a try, let us know what you think.
I personally have not had any issues with setting Firefox, Opera, or Google Chrome as my default browser on any Window 7 system I have used. But it does seem that some people may be experiencing a problem — after setting Firefox as the default browser and after a reboot, Windows 7 reverts back to Internet Explorer as its default. Now before I proceed with the fix, let us put the conspiracy theories to bed. This most likely is an issue with a bad plug in, patch, or some other glitch.
After doing a little searching I found a last resort fix that may solve the problem. (Notice the word may.) No guarantees.
Go into Control Panel, and select the icon Default Programs. This will open the following window:
Click on Set program and computer defaults. A second window will open that looks like this:
Click on Custom – the two double down arrows on the right side that will bring up this window:
Take a look at the options titled Choose a Default Browser. The check box will normally be next to the Use My Current Web Browser option. You will want to change this to the browser you’d like to use, i.e. Firefox. Make sure Enable Access To This Program is checked. Reboot and check and see that Firefox is, in fact, your default browser.
I hope this helps those who are experiencing this problem.