Microsoft auto updates IE6 and IE7; promotes IE10

August 19th, 2012

Internet Explorer 6 is more than 10 year old but many people still uses it even today. IEs4Linux itself was born 8 years ago to help people test their websites on IE, the most used browser at that time.

But a lot happened since all this. Microsoft woke up and started to make better browsers. IE8 was a big upgrade to IE6 and IE7 (both crap), and IE9 is a huge step toward HTML5. Now we have IE10 that will ship with Windows 8 in a few weeks. But Microsoft still has this dark past and IE6 haunting the whole Web.

Almost an year ago, I posted about Microsoft initiative to help IE6 die. Since then, IE6 Countdown reported a 50% drop in IE6 usage. China still has the worst scenario, but everywhere else things are getting better. And to force users to migrate, Microsoft started an auto update program that upgrades everybody’s old IE’s to newer ones. Windows XP users are automatic updated to IE8 and Vista and Windows 7 to IE9.

That’s a nice approach from Microsoft. And perhaps someday they get this incremental auto update thing that Chrome and Firefox have.

Firefox 11 adds 3d web inspector named Tilt

March 25th, 2012

Tilt was a beta plugin for old firefox versions and now it’s included in default Firefox 11, launched this week. The constantly evolving default Inspector in Firefox isn’t as good and feature rich as Firebug. But it’s noticeably  faster and responsive, and now with Tilt it’s even more fun to use than Firebug old and boring interface.

So, update your Firefox and try this new feature!

Firefox 6 and other browsers

August 29th, 2011

So we already discussed here the new Firefox release cycle. Now it has a new major release every month, and it’s evolving fast.

And one major improvement in Firefox 6 is speed. Firefox lost a lot of power users to Chrome because the Google browser is faster, lighter and feels better than Firefox. But the Mozilla team didn’t give up.

Last Firefox releases have much better speed and performance. And Firefox 7 seems to be another great improvement in this area. Let’s wait and hope Firefox will become a serious competitor to Chrome’s speed.

Mobile browsing

July 12th, 2011

It’s funny to notice that the mobile web scene is in a better state than the complete mess we have in the Desktop. Some years ago it wasn’t true, but the mobile revolution guided by the iPhone changed everything.

WebKit is the main player in nearly all mobile devices. iPhone, Android, WebOS, Nokia, BlackBerry and many more operating systems are using a WebKit browser with a relative updated version. This means we can use complex JavaScript mobile websites with HTML5, CSS3 and a lot of cool things.

Of course we have some exceptions. Windows Mobile and Windows Phone use some Internet Explorer variation, an old, outdated and bad browser for mobile. But we have some cool alternative mobile browsers too, like Opera Mobile, Firefox Mobile, Skyfire and a few others.

Which browser are you using on mobile?

Browser versions and the new Web

June 12th, 2011

Ten years ago the Web was a very stagnated place. There was no new technology, no good reason to update your browser. We live in a different world now where the Web is contant evolving and new technologies arrive every day. We need better browsers and constant updates.

In this new world, there’s  no place to major browser versions. There’s no place to big releases with years between them. We need a continuous release cycle with constant improvements and a simpler user experience.

Google Chrome was the first browser to realize this new requirements. When you download Chrome you’re not downloading version “4″ or “9″. You’re downloading Chrome and you always have the latest version (whatever it is) thanks to automatic updates.

The HTML5 expert group also noted that the new Web needs this continuous flow of inovation. There’s no HTML version anymore. There’s is just HTML, an evolving technology.

Older browsers still suffer from this “major version” release cycle. Firefox recently tried to change its release cycle to a more frequent one. Firefox 5 is expected just a few months after Firefox 4. And, according to the planned release dates, we will see Firefox 6 and 7 this year. But how much time until we have simple “Firefox”? No versions attached? Just the latest Mozilla goodness? My guess? Very soon.

Internet Explorer still has those big numbers attached to every release. They are also trying to decrease the interval between releases. IE 10 was announced just after IE 9 official release. Other browsers like Safari and Opera also have specific versions – Opera being the worst one labeling its versions, with an obscure numbering scheme.

A versionless Web is the best strategy to a continuous and constant evolution. It’s better for users, that don’t have to think about versions and updates, and will always have the latest version. And it’s better for developers that don’t need to think about supporting older browser versions.

IE9 accounts for 1% market share in March

April 11th, 2011

IE9 already has 1% total market share according to NetApplications March data. But it seems to be a much slower growth when compared to Firefox 4 with 1.68% or Chrome 10 with an impressive 6.7% market share. Those 3 browsers were released in March, but it seems that Chrome’s auto update feature is a big win to keep users up to date and safe. Should Microsoft and Mozilla adopt the same strategy?

IE9 is a much better browser

March 25th, 2011

Millions of people already updated to IE9. Microsoft counts more than 2 million downloads on Day Zero, and much more since then.

It’s a great moment for the Web Design community. Although everybody here is using a better browser, most end users still use IE. And an update like this bringing HTML5 and CSS3 to the masses is a great moment. Developers using Linux or Mac don’t even need to test on IE9 every time, since every modern browser has the same features. No more doubled efforts to develop we had with IE6 ou 7.

IE9 will be released today

March 15th, 2011

According to some rumors, Microsoft will announce the ninth version of its Internet Explorer browser as early as today. It’s an important moment for all web dev community, since it’s the first IE version with HTML5 and CSS3. We hope all IE users update quickly; and also that our to be released IEs4Linux hack with IE9 support continue to work.

IE6 Market Share

March 4th, 2011

Microsoft started a campaign today asking users to stop using IE6. But the numbers are still very impressive. In China, IE6 has a 30% Market Share. In South Korea, an incredible 24%.

Access the IE6 CountDown by Microsoft: http://ie6countdown.com/

Supporting IE9 on Linux

January 5th, 2011

IEs4Linux currently support mutiple versions of IE on Linux and Mac OS X, including IE6 and IE7. We are now working in IE9 support, bringing HTML5 and CSS3 magic to your Wine.

We will soon update the program do support this new Internet Explorer 9 version.