IE6 Laid To Rest, complete with Flowers From Microsoft.

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Web News

The Denver, CO-based design company Aten Design Group held a funeral for Internet Explorer 6 (IE6), the much-hated browser last night. It wasn’t without controversy as there were protestors, and even a bouquet of flowers sent by Microsoft. But overall, it looks like it was a classy ceremony.

The blog Nonprofits and Web 2.0 was on hand and has posted several videos. There’s also a huge set of pictures in this Flickr album.

Despite the funeral, IE6 is likely to live on for a few years as many sites are likely to still support it for the foreseeable future (though YouTube turns off support next week). And don’t forget all those pour souls in corporate jobs who are forced to use the browser because their IT departments won’t allow them to upgrade.

Microsoft itself is trying to get users to upgrade from IE6 (to their updated IE8), and the flowers that they sent to the funeral speak to that. The card sent with the flowers read: “Thanks for the good times, IE6. See you all @ MIX, where we’ll show a little piece of IE heaven. The Internet Explorer Team @ Microsoft





[photos: flickr/atendesigngroup]


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New Version of Google Chrome Web Browser

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Technology, Web News

A new release of Google Chrome is out and there are quite a few features you’ll want to know about.

First up, it’s faster. When you open a new page while other pages are loading, Chrome prioritizes requests for the new page. (I usually want the older pages to load first, but whatev.) DNS caching, more efficient DOM bindings and using V* or proxy auto-config should also contribute to a quicker browsing experience.

You can customize your New Tab Page to set which sites you would like quick access to. Drag website thumbnails to give them a spot on the page. The change will remain permanent no matter what your browsing habits are.

The Omnibox, which provides suggestions based on keystrokes is optimized to help distinguish between keyword searches and websites. New themes let you dress up your browser, and HTML 5 capabilites are being built into the beta.


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Browser usage June 2009 – Firefox blazes on!

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Online Marketing, SEO, Search Engine News

Firefox is nearly at 50% market share!

Browser Statistics Month by Month

2009 IE7 IE6 IE8 Firefox Chrome Safari Opera
June 18.7% 14.9% 7.1% 47.3% 6.0% 3.1% 2.1%
May 21.3% 14.5% 5.2% 47.7% 5.5% 3.0% 2.2%
April 23.2% 15.4% 3.5% 47.1% 4.9% 3.0% 2.2%
March 24.9% 17.0% 1.4% 46.5% 4.2% 3.1% 2.3%
February 25.4% 17.4% 0.8% 46.4% 4.0% 3.0% 2.2%
January 25.7% 18.5% 0.6% 45.5% 3.9% 3.0% 2.3%
2008 IE7 IE6 IE5 Firefox Chrome Safari Opera
December 26.1% 19.6% 44.4% 3.6% 2.7% 2.4%
November 26.6% 20.0% 44.2% 3.1% 2.7% 2.3%
October 26.9% 20.2% 44.0% 3.0% 2.8% 2.2%
September 26.3% 22.3% 42.6% 3.1% 2.7% 2.0%
August 26.0% 24.5% 43.7% 2.6% 2.1%
July 26.4% 25.3% 42.6% 2.5% 1.9%
June 27.0% 26.5% 0.5% 41.0% 2.6% 1.7%
May 26.5% 27.3% 0.7% 39.8% 2.4% 1.5%
April 24.9% 28.9% 1.0% 39.1% 2.2% 1.4%
March 23.3% 29.5% 1.1% 37.0% 2.1% 1.4%
February 22.7% 30.7% 1.3% 36.5% 2.0% 1.4%
January 21.2% 32.0% 1.5% 36.4% 1.9% 1.4%
2007 IE7 IE6 IE5 Firefox Mozilla Safari Opera
November 20.8% 33.6% 1.6% 36.3% 1.2% 1.8% 1.6%
September 20.8% 34.9% 1.5% 35.4% 1.2% 1.6% 1.5%
July 20.1% 36.9% 1.5% 34.5% 1.4% 1.5% 1.9%
May 19.2% 38.1% 1.6% 33.7% 1.3% 1.5% 1.7%
March 18.0% 38.7% 2.0% 31.8% 1.3% 1.6% 1.6%
January 13.3% 42.3% 3.0% 31.0% 1.5% 1.7% 1.5%
2006 IE7 IE6 IE5 Firefox Mozilla N7/8 Opera
November 7.1% 49.9% 3.6% 29.9% 2.5% 0.2% 1.5%
September 2.5% 55.6% 4.0% 27.3% 2.3% 0.4% 1.6%
July 1.9% 56.3% 4.2% 25.5% 2.3% 0.4% 1.4%
May 1.1% 57.4% 4.5% 25.7% 2.3% 0.3% 1.5%
March 0.6% 58.8% 5.3% 24.5% 2.4% 0.5% 1.5%
January 0.2% 60.3% 5.5% 25.0% 3.1% 0.5% 1.6%
2005 IE6 IE5 Firefox Mozilla N7 O8 O7
November 62.7% 6.2% 23.6% 2.8% 0.4% 1.3% 0.2%
September 69.8% 5.7% 18.0% 2.5% 0.4% 1.0% 0.2%
July 67.9% 5.9% 19.8% 2.6% 0.5% 0.8% 0.4%
May 64.8% 6.8% 21.0% 3.1% 0.7% 0.7% 0.6%
March 63.6% 8.9% 18.9% 3.3% 1.0% 0.3% 1.6%
January 64.8% 9.7% 16.6% 3.4% 1.1% 1.9%
2004 IE6 IE5 Mozilla N3 N7 N4 O7
November 66.0% 10.2% 16.5% 0.2% 1.2% 0.3% 1.6%
September 67.8% 11.2% 13.7% 0.3% 1.4% 0.3% 1.7%
July 67.2% 13.2% 12.6% 0.4% 1.4% 0.4% 1.6%
May 68.1% 13.8% 9.5% 0.6% 1.4% 0.4% 1.6%
March 68.2% 14.6% 7.9% 0.8% 1.4% 0.6% 1.4%
January 68.9% 15.8% 5.5% 0.4% 1.5% 0.5% 1.5%
2003 IE6 IE5 Mozilla N3 N7 N4 O7
November 71.2% 13.7% 7.2% 0.5% 1.6% 0.5% 1.9%
September 69.7% 16.9% 6.2% 0.6% 1.5% 0.6% 1.8%
July 66.9% 20.3% 5.7% 0.6% 1.5% 0.6% 1.7%
May 65.0% 22.7% 4.6% 1.0% 1.4% 0.9% 1.4%
March 63.4% 24.6% 4.2% 0.9% 1.4% 1.1% 1.2%
January 55.3% 29.3% 4.0% 1.2% 1.1% 1.7%
2002 IE6 IE5 AOL N3 N5 N4 IE4
November 53.5% 29.9% 5.2% 1.1% 4.9% 2.0%
September 49.1% 34.4% 4.5% 1.3% 4.5% 2.2%
July 44.4% 40.1% 3.5% 1.2% 3.5% 2.6% 0.5%
May 40.7% 46.0% 2.8% 1.2% 2.7% 3.4% 0.7%
March 36.7% 49.4% 3.0% 1.2% 2.4% 4.1% 0.7%
January 30.1% 55.7% 2.8% 1.3% 2.2% 4.4% 1.0%

Thank you w3schools for the stats


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Chrome on Mac

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Search Engine News

Google’s Mike Pikerton has posted the first screenshots of the Mac build of Google Chrome.

Apparently things are coming along nicely, with tabs now able to properly render web pages.

Mike comments that there is still a “very very long way to go” and a release date is still impossible to predict, although a July release date has been hinted at previously.

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Explorer 8 – not that bad?

Author: ronnen  //  Category: Web News

It actually looks like the next release could be worthy of regular use when stacked up aggainst FireFox 3 and Google’s Chrome. Some of the new features Microsfot have on offer look fairly exciting, but the clincher that remains to be seen will be speed. MS IE 7 is notoriously slow and clunky for tabbed browsing and is last on my last when it comes to every-day browsing, but with the new features coming in v8, who knows? …still, i think i’ll hold off on installing the Beta until futher down the production cycle…

Some of the new features (from microsoft.com) include:

Accelerators

Now you can get more tasks done, more quickly on the web. Accelerators provide instant access to information like maps, web searches, translation, email, blogging, and more. Simply highlight a word or phrase on a page and discover a faster way to get the information you need.

Visual Search

Search is one of the most frequent and important things you do online. The new Internet Explorer 8 Search Box takes results to a whole new level by adding graphics and images to enrich your search.

Web Slices

Web Slices put you in control of the information you care about most. Now you can subscribe to specific content within a page and monitor things like auction items, sports scores, entertainment columns, weather reports, and more. Add a Web Slice to your Favorites bar and the information you care about will automatically be delivered to you.

New Tab Features

Tabbed browsing in Internet Explorer 8 just keeps getting better. The New Tab page loads quickly and lets you engage with a host of new features, such as opening previously closed tabs, or beginning an InPrivate session.

Tab Grouping

Tab Grouping makes it easier to stay organized while browsing multiple webpages. Tabs that are related now have the same visual representation and you can save time by closing a set of related tabs as a group instead of one at a time. You also can right-click on a tab to close tab groups, ungroup a single tab, or clone a tab.

Improved Search

When searching for information online it’s critical that you get the best results possible. With Internet Explorer 8, search also includes results from your local history and suggestions from your favorite search provider.

Find on Page

Searching for a keyword or phrase on a webpage is easier than ever. The Internet Explorer 8 Find on Page search feature highlights each instance of the keyword or phrase you’re looking for quick and easy discovery on a text-heavy page.

Automatic Crash Recovery

Website crashes are now isolated to individual tabs rather than entire browser windows, meaning when a site crashes on one tab, you don’t lose the rest. Internet Explorer 8 will automatically recover the lost tab once it has identified the problem. You can surf with peace of mind knowing that Internet Explorer 8 is the most reliable version of Internet Explorer available.

Check out all the new features and download the beta here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/Internet-explorer/beta/default.aspx

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Opera Mini 4.2… But not for Iphone :(

Author: ronnen  //  Category: Web News

A new version of Opera mini has launched, but sadly no news of a version released for Apple’s Iphone.Iphone/Ipod Touch users have been stuck with Safari as the only option for a while now and many can’t wait to try something new… The new features available on Opera’s latest release only make the annoying monopoly on Apple’s platform even more frustrating!

I would have thought Apple were the last guys who wanted to mimic Microsoft!

Some of Opera’s new features include:

  • Uploading and downloading files through Opera Mini and saving pages for offline viewing
  • Flash videos redirected to Android’s YouTube player
  • Double tap now works for zooming in and out
  • Inline URL entry instead of using native input
  • Password text entry now hides characters
  • Problems with exiting application when back button was pressed
  • Improved trackball speed
  • Internal pages, like the start page, now have font size extra large for easier navigation

Check out all the new features of Opera Mini 4.2 here: http://www.opera.com/mini/

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EU could force Microsoft to bundle Firefox with Windows

Author: ronnen  //  Category: Web News

EU could force Microsoft to bundle Firefox with Windows

The European Commission could force Microsoft to bundle Firefox with future versions of Windows.

The revelation came as part of Microsoft’s quarterly filing with the Security and Exchange Commission. Among the statements is a clause outlining the penalties being considered by the European watchdog, which recently ruled that Microsoft is harming competition by bundling Internet Explorer with Windows.

The most interesting situation outlined in the filing would see either Microsoft or computer manufacturers forced to install Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari by default alongside Internet Explorer on new Windows-based PCs.

“While computer users and OEMs are already free to run any web browsing software on Windows, the Commission is considering ordering Microsoft and OEMs to obligate users to choose a particular browser when setting up a new PC,” the company reports in the filing.

“Such a remedy might include a requirement that OEMs distribute multiple browsers on new Windows-based PCs. We may also be required to disable certain unspecified Internet Explorer software code if a user chooses a competing browser.”

Non-compliance would see the EU impose a “significant fine based on sales of Windows operating systems in the European Union”, the filing further notes.

Microsoft has two months to respond to the charges, after which the EC will make its final ruling on the matter. The software company can also request a hearing and says it’s considering this alternative.

Should Microsoft be charged, the penalty could come into effect in time for the release of Windows 7, which is expected either later this year, or early 2010.

Source: PC Pro: News: EU could force Microsoft to bundle Firefox with Windows.

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