Mozilla Firefox 8 cannot surpass Google’s Chrome

Lean, mean Mozilla update brings welcome improvements and enhancements.

Mozilla Firefox 8 is the latest major update to the popular web browser and includes a wealth of new improvements and features. Add-ons have long been a hallmark of the Firefox experience, allowing users to customise their browsing experience to their own preferences. The update has made a few improvements to the add-on system, including default disabling of add-ons installed by third-party programs, and a new system for managing installed add-ons. Twitter has been incorporated into the search bar in a particularly handy fashion. Tab organization has also been updated with a new preference allowing the loading of tabs on demand. This feature also helps to speed up start-up time.

Beneath the hood, the update has added in better support for HTML5, although Firefox still lags behind Chrome in this regard. Overall the update offers better performance and memory use than previously with increased graphics acceleration as well. On the downside Mozilla Firefox 8 features no built in PDF reader, flash or instant page view as can be found in Chrome, and the HTML5 support is behind Chrome. It is said that the startup speed has improved but it still lags behind that of IE9 and Chrome.

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CCleaner updated to version 3.10

Piriform has updated CCleaner to version 3.10. This new build further adds support for the latest builds of Firefox 6, Firefox 7 Beta, and Internet Explorer 9.02. CCleaner 3.10 comes also with a binarycookies file cleaning and management system for Safary 5.1 and with some other new methods of cleaning.

These new methods include cleaning for MS Search, Cached Fonts, RegEditX, SpeedBit DAP, Spyware Terminator, SUPERAntiSpyware, Acrobat Distiller 10 and Foxit Reader 5.0. Older cleaning methods have been improved for Internet Download Manager, Opera 9 (Last Download Location), Safari (local storage cleaning) and Chrome (Saved From Information, Saved Passwords).

Options like free space and entire drive wiping have been also improved by enlarging the accuracy and reliability factors. Piriform is also working on a Mac version of CCleaner. The third beta version is already available and fixes compatibility with OSX 10.7 Lion and adds Chrome and Firefox 6.0 support. A download  kit can be found here.

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Firefox 4 beats IE9 in usage share

According to NetApplications, Firefox 4 usage share increased twice compared to Internet Explorer 9 in half the time. As of March 26, IE 9 usage share was 1.78 percent in 12 days. By comparison, Firefox 4 had 3.64 percent usage share in just 5 days.

In the first day of release, Firefox 4 recorded a number of 6 million downloads compared Internet Explorer 9 record of only 2.35 million downloads. In February, before these two major releases, the usage share on the web browsers market was like these:

IE usage share was 56.77 percent, according to NetApplications. By comparison, Firefox usage was 21.74 percent. Chrome recorded 10.93 percent usage share in February and Safari: 6.36 percent up from.

In conclusion, both web-browsers (Firefox and Internet Explorer) are still on top covering the majority of the market.

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Microsoft’s online flagship – Internet Explorer 9

After two years since Internet Explorer 8 was launched, Microsoft has released the final version of its latest web browser, Internet Explorer 9, available for download. Thanks to powerful competitors (Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox) and the declining usage of Internet Explorer in general, Microsoft was forced to rebuild Internet Explorer not only to run faster (and to be more responsive), simpler and more secure, but also to be redeem itself in the eyes of web developers and standards-savvy designers against the bad reputation of being a non standards compliant browser.

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Internet Explorer 9 final version officially released

Microsoft Corp. today announced the launch of the latest version of the world’s most-used browser with the release of Windows Internet Explorer 9 in 39 languages at an event at the SXSW Interactive conference. Internet Explorer 9 is Microsoft’s most-downloaded browser beta of all time, with more than 40 million downloads, and it has already has gained more than 2 percent usage on Windows 7. Already more than 250 top sites from around the globe are taking advantage of the capabilities in Internet Explorer 9 to deliver differentiated experiences to their customers, with many featured on http://www.BeautyoftheWeb.com. Together, these partners reach more than 1 billion active Internet users on the Web.

“The best experience of the Web is on Windows with Internet Explorer 9,” said Dean Hachamovitch, corporate vice president, Windows Internet Explorer, at Microsoft. “Today, the Web can unlock the power and performance of the best PC hardware through Windows and Internet Explorer 9. Websites also can act more like applications within Windows 7, with features such as Pinned Sites. In less than a year, Internet Explorer 9 went from early preview to final release with the help of hardware partners and the Web community.”

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Hardware Acceleration Video

Without hardware acceleration, browsers only use about 10% of the processing power your PC has to offer. Internet Explorer 9 unlocks that other 90%. With Internet Explorer 9, we’re tapping into your graphics processor through Windows to harness the full potential of your PC. High-definition videos are smooth, graphics are clearer and more responsive, colors are truer, and websites are more interactive. Combined with our new JavaScript engine, the web now performs like an application installed directly on your computer.

Sites Respect Your Privacy
Tracking Protection helps you stay in control.

Some of the content, images, and ads that you see on websites are provided by third-party websites. While this content can be useful to both you and your favorite websites, it allows third-party websites to potentially track your behavior across multiple sites. Tracking Protection in Internet Explorer 9 provides an added level of control and choice about the information that third-party websites can potentially use to track your browsing activity.

To use this feature, simply go to the Settings menu (under the gear), select Safety and then Tracking Protection. Then enable your personalized list. Once you’ve enabled a Tracking Protection List, the settings apply to all the sites you browse to and are preserved each time you begin a new browsing session. Tracking Protection stays on until you decide to turn it off.

Sites Take Center Stage
More room for what you want to see.

Internet Explorer 9 features a simplified yet enhanced interface to put the focus on websites. The address bar and search bar have been combined into the One Box. Tabs stack along the very top. And the entire frame is significantly slimmer. Combined, this gives you much more room for the stuff you’re looking at online.

Sites Amaze
Rich graphics and responsive performance immerse you.

Without hardware acceleration, browsers only use about 10% of the processing power your PC has to offer. Internet Explorer 9 unlocks that other 90%. With Internet Explorer 9, we’re tapping into your graphics processor through Windows to harness the full potential of your PC. High-definition videos are smooth, graphics are clearer and more responsive, colors are truer, and websites are more interactive. Combined with our new JavaScript engine, the web now performs like an application installed directly on your computer.

Sites Are Instant
No browser puts you closer to your favorite sites.

Not only do sites load incredibly fast in Internet Explorer 9, sites can also be pinned to your taskbar for one-click access. To pin a website, just grab the tab and drag it down to your Windows 7 Taskbar!

Jump Lists
Once a site is pinned, you can right-click on the icon to get a list that directs you to particular content on the site.

Notifications
Some pinned sites can also notify you that content has changed on the site, so you know immediately.

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