Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Windows Internet Explorer 7 with: Mozilla is waiting for clarification

Within the Mozilla Foundation, is preferred, for now, reserve his opinion on the decision by Microsoft to remove Internet Explorer 7 Windows 8. In an internal mail, CEO, John Lilly, is clearly nonplussed by the effect of announcement of the firm of Redmond.

"It is impossible to assess what this announcement means that both Microsoft does not - completely and in detail - all the advantages and brakes for OEM Windows. Otherwise, it is not possible to know if Microsoft does not give a hand to take the other. And more, it is impossible to say whether this has an impact beyond the change in the technical process of installing the manufacturers, and if it makes it more difficult for users to migrate to Windows 7 "he says .

Media Player removed from Windows 2004 without effects

Until then, Microsoft has merely an announcement very vague. If the publisher does not Internet Explorer 8 (or only some parts?) Code in Windows that will deliver to manufacturers this summer, it does not abandon the install. In its statement, Microsoft spoke thus to assist manufacturers in the preinstallation of IE8 before the commercial distribution of computers.

In 2004, Microsoft had already been ordered to remove Windows Media Player. This condemnation by the European Commission in Europe led to the commercialization of a special edition, N, Windows. The edition was a flop, especially because back by PC manufacturers.

Brussels has launched an investigation to verify that Microsoft had not "made it less attractive commercially or operationally" Windows XP N compared to the full version. The editor believed to have played the game argument does not weigh in favor of the version without Media Player, which was sold at the same price as the version with the software.

Key manufacturers of the problem, before Microsoft

Or by removing Internet Explorer 8, Microsoft announced an edition E Windows 7 (Vista, always shipped with IE is not affected). An E, which reminds the N version of Windows XP. Moreover, given the close commercial ties between Microsoft and PC manufacturers, it will certainly difficult for publishers competing browsers to be treated fairly.

The software pre-installed on a computer generally by a commercial agreement with manufacturers. Difficult for the publishers, except perhaps Google and Apple, to negotiate contracts for multi-million dollar deal with Microsoft.

An acceptable solution for all browsers would therefore by a European Commission decision applies directly to manufacturers. It is considered one of the tracks, which would result in the obligation for manufacturers to propose, at the first connection to the Internet, choose your browser from a list of software.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Apple Releases Safari 4 for Mac, Windows

Apple on Monday released Safari 4, the next version of its Web browser for OS X and Windows users. The updated browser will also ship with Snow Leopard once the planned OS X 10.6 update arrives in September.

Safari 4 has been available as a public beta since February, when Apple unveiled the new version of the browser. The new version features the Nitro Javascript engine, which is aimed at improving Safari’s speed.

During Monday’s WWDC keynote, Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, touted the speed improvements to Safari, claiming the updated browser can execute JavaScript nearly eight times faster than Internet Explorer 8 and more than four times faster than Firefox 3. Safari 4 can also load eight pages three times faster than IE and Firefox, according to Apple’s figures.

Safari 4 will run as a 64-bit application in the forthcoming Snow Leopard update. That will further boost the performance of the Nitro JavaScript engine.

Also in Snow Leopard, Safari 4 will offer a a crash-resistance feature by running plugins as a separate process. he leading cause of crashes in OS X comes from browser plug-ins, Apple says; in the new version of Safari, if a plugin crashes, only that part of the page will be broken, while the browser will remain open.

Other improvements in Safari 4 include a Top Sites feature that gave users a visual preview of frequently visited pages; Full History Search for finding titles, Web address, and text of recently viewed pages; and a Cover Flow view for browsing bookmarks. Safari 4 Beta’s tabs-on-top feature, where Web page tabs were located at the very top of the window, is gone in the final release. Instead, tabs have returned to where they were in Safari 3, immediately below the bookmarks bar.

The new version of Safari includes HTML 5 support for offline technologies as well as support for advanced CSS Effects. According to Apple, Safari 4 is the first browser to pass the Web Standards Project’s Acid3 test, which looks at how well a browser adheres to CSS, JavaScript, XML, and SVG standards designed specifically for dynamic Web applications.

Safari runs on Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later and requires Security Update 2009-002. Apple says Safari 4 is available for download at its Web site.