Posts with tag web

It's still Trident, though

Microsoft working on new, lightweight web browser for Windows 10


The ever reliable Mary Jo Foley of All About Microsoft on ZDNet is reporting that, despite expectations that Microsoft is working on developing Internet Explorer 12, Microsoft is in fact working on an entirely new web browser developed from the ground up using the existing Trident core. The new web browser, which is expected to ship alongside Windows 10 and is codenamed Spartan, sticking with Microsoft’s Halo inspired codenames for the next version of Windows, will feature versions both native to the “Modern” tablet experience as well as the desktop.

Microsoft will reportedly ship Windows 10 with both the new Spartan web browser alongside the existing version of Internet Explorer 11 found on Windows 8.1 devices for backwards compatibility purposes. According to Jo’s sources, “Spartan” will feature a brand new, streamlined, user experience that more closely resembles other modern web browsers, including Google’s Chrome and newer versions of Mozilla Firefox.

Despite the new name and the new look, “Spartan” will still very much remain a traditional Microsoft web browser. Microsoft is reportedly using an updated version of the Trident core that has been found in every version of Internet Explorer since its inception, and it will continue to use the impressive Chakra JavaScript engine for fast performance. As a bonus for both users and developers, Spartan will also include a new Extensions engine similar to those found in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

Microsoft may not be on track to ship a beta version of “Spartan” in time for the official Windows 10 Consumer Preview in January, however it will likely ship with a future build pushed to Windows Insiders not long after.

Source: All About Microsoft

Optimized for the Pi

“Web” modern WebKit web browser for Raspberry Pi now available in beta


The Raspberry Pi is one of the most intriguing pieces of tech in the last couple of years, and today the unique hardware is getting the unique piece of software that it deserves with “Web” – a new web browser developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Built specifically for the Raspberry Pi’s fairly low-end ARM hardware, the purpose here is to provide Raspberry Pi users with a modern web browsing experience, supporting the latest web standards – HTML5, CSS3, 2D rendering, accelerated hardware video decoding, and the lot.

While it’s up and running and available for download now (it even supports Raspbian, the de facto standard operating system running on most Raspberry Pi’s today), “Web” is currently in beta and requires a bit of spit and grease to get up and running. Sound good? Head on over to the official Raspberry Pi Foundation site in the source link below and get started. It’ll be a good time.

Via: Engadget
Source: Raspberry Pi

Pay up or get out

Android 4.4 ships without web browser, Google tells vendors to pay for Chrome

android-hubIn a seemingly backwards change of policy for Google and their “open-source” Android operating system project (AOSP), we’re hearing of confirmation from developer Maximiliano Firtman that Android 4.4 “KitKat”, the new version of Android that shipped with the new Nexus 5 just a couple of weeks ago, is being published without a web browser. Vendors, who rely on AOSP for the operating system on their phones, are now being forced to license Google Chrome if they want  to avoid the headache of developing their own web browsers; previously, Google provided a free “Browser” application with the AOSP that had most of the basic features of Google Chrome for Android.

The change in policy comes as Google hopes to take over increasing control of Android. Google has decided that all future versions of their launcher application will remain exclusive to Android with Android 4.4, with the AOSP providing developers and vendors only the Android 4.3 version, which lacks improved Google Now integration, Google search integration, and more. Google has been under the microscope as of late for their controversial practices, which are seemingly acting against their open source, “don’t be evil” corporate policy.

Source: UnwiredView

World's first native cocoa Gecko browser

Goodbye, Camino; development ends after ten long years

CaminoIt was a long time coming, but the day has finally come – Mozilla hadn’t been officially supporting the Camino browser project for some time now, dedicating all their OS X efforts to their more mainstream browser, Firefox. Camino hadn’t been updated for over a year now, and the technologies used in the browser has remained so old that the last update has virtually no HTML5 support or support for absolutely any modern web technologies.

Still, back in “the day”, Camino used to be one of the best and most popular browsers on OS X. Though it’s fallen out of favor for the likes of Safari, Chrome, and Firefox, there’s still something sad to be said about this. Thanks for all the good times, Camino.

Via: MacRumors

Your new webki- err, Blink overlord is here

Opera Browser preview with Blink now available

Opera_512x512When Opera announced that they would be switching from their proprietary Presto rendering engine in favor of the more well supported and modern WebKit engine (the very same that Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome used at the time), well, there were definitely waves that were – and will continue to be – felt across the internet on the whole. But then Google came out with an announcement of their own – say bye bye to WebKit on Chrome, and say “hello” to Blink, a new fork of WebKit maintained by Google itself. The news also came with another shocking twist for Opera users – Opera would in fact not be switching to WebKit, but rather Google’s new Blink rendering engine.

Well, fast forward a couple of months, and we’ve now got ourselves the first real, honest to god, usable release of Opera with Blink. All the features you know and love are there (except for Opera Mail, which is now being split into its own separate client), though Opera makes no promises about the speed and stability of what is essentially a beta release. Opera with Blink preview is now available for both Windows and Mac at the source link below.

Via: Engadget
Source: Opera

Some decent changes

Mozilla updates Firefox to version 21 on desktop and mobile

firefox_3.5_logoMozilla has just updated their long standing Firefox browser to version 21, meaning that this version of Firefox can now legally consume alcohol in the United States. All joking aside, Firefox 21 includes several actually notable improvements for once, making this one of the larger releases of Firefox since the company announced that they would be redefining the very meaning of a “major” release and going on an accelerated development pace.

Some major improvements to Firefox 21 include:

  • Improved Social API support that now includes Cliqz, Mixi, and MSN Now. 
  • Cliqz Sidebar allows users to keep up on the latest stories collected based on your interest and browsing habits from anywhere, appearing no matter what page you’re on as a fairly non intrusive sidebar.
  • Mixi Sidebar allows users to keep up with their friends on the Japanese based social network “Mixi” from anywhere via a similar sidebar.
  • MSN Now collects the most relevant pieces of information from across the web (including social sites Facebook and Twitter) and displays the most prominent stories on, you guessed it, a sidebar.
  • A new “Health Center” dubbed Firefox Health Report which offers up tips and suggestions as to how to better improve the “health” of your Firefox browser.
  • Improved HTML5 support.

Firefox 21 for Android also includes several improvements to the application’s UI, font support, performance improvements, and improved HTML5 support.

Via: TheNextWeb
Source: Mozilla launched by Microsoft, Apple, Google, other big players

The web can be a messy, messy place. With so many different browsers and standards and technologies, it can be a hard world for web developers and thus users alike. That’s why W3C, Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Nokia, Mozilla, and Opera have teamed up to launch a new website called “”, a portal for all the best HTML and CSS practices for developers.

The site comes complete with forums and an IRC channel to allow developers to talk among themselves and ask important questions. They’ve also set up a Wiki so developers can share their own tips and tricks.

The site also comes with some Docs provided by the W3C themselves. You can check out now, and watch the site’s launch video by clicking the “Read More” link below.

Source: TheNextWeb