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Ok…today I’m posting after a really long time. My exams end on 24th of this month and then I’ll start regular posting. Thank you for your patience.

I had to use my PC yesterday to check on my projects when I saw the tiny windows update icon in the notification area –

tool

I was not surprised to see Internet Explorer 8. Now, I’ve not got any problem with Internet Explorer, I just ignore it. My problem is the way it is being pushed to users, it is silently downloaded without users knowledge. Many users are barely getting used to IE7 and here comes IE8. Users should be given the option to update like Firefox. people are usually not even aware of the version of Internet Explorer they are using. This might cause Microsoft some trouble from the EC.

Anyway… Internet Explorer is a good browser, at least better than IE7 or IE6. So now that you’ve downloaded it, use it and tell me if you like it or not.

If you didn’t like it Microsoft has made it fairly simple to remove Internet Explorer 8 .

 

chrome-in-google-pack

As expected Google Chrome is now the default browser in Google Pack. Firefox bundled with Google Toolbar is still available, but you need to explicitly select it. This means new users will will go in with Google Chrome more. Before the launch of it’s own browser Goggle was promoting Firefox heavily but things are changing fast and it’s going to cause some problems to Firefox. Google’s official alternative to Internet Explorer is now Chrome.

The final version of Firefox 2.x is here, this version fixes some security issues. There will be no further updates for Firefox 2.x and it will no longer be maintained with security and stability updates. All users are encouraged to upgrade to Firefox 3 which is faster, safer and better.

Please note that Firefox 2.0.0.20 does not include Phishing Protection.

Current Firefox 2 users may obtain Firefox 2.0.0.20 manually via the Check for Updates… option from the Help menu. Automatic upgrade (for those who have this feature enabled) should occur within the next 24-48 hours. Alternatively, users may also download Firefox 2.0.0.20 directly here.

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Mozilla has released the fifth stability and security update for the current Firefox 3 browser. For more information about What’s New in Firefox 3.0.5, check out the Release Notes (as of this post were titled  What’s New in Firefox 3.0.5 Beta).

Current Firefox 3 users may obtain Firefox 3.0.5 manually via the Check for Updates… option from the Help menu. Automatic upgrade (for those who have this feature enabled) should occur within the next 24-48 hours. Alternatively, users may also download Firefox 3.0.5 directly via getfirefox.com

Mozilla has released the first Alpha version of Fennec, the mobile web browser which currently runs on the Nokia N810 internet tablet, and which will soon run on Windows Mobile.

fennec

What’s in this version?

Easy navigation to Web content:

  • Bookmarks, including tags
  • Smart URL bar ("awesome bar")
  • Tabbed browsing with thumbnail images
  • Integrated Web search – built into the URL bar
  • Easy access to multiple search engines

Web content:

  • Maximize content by auto-hiding controls and URL bar
  • Zoom in and out

Security:

  • Instant Web site ID ("Larry")
  • Password manager
  • Popup blocker
  • Clear private data

Devices services integration:

  • Click on a phone number to initiate a call
  • JavaScript API to get device location
  • Popup blocker
  • Clear private data

Also:

  • Searchable download manager
  • Preferences pane

Check out the video –

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Fennec is also available for Windows, Mac & Linux to give you a feel of the Firefox Mobile web browser – To run Fennec for Windows, all you have to do is download and unzip an 8MB file and click on Fennec.exe. Up pops a small web browser with nothing but a URL bar visible. Type in an address and away you go. You can scroll up and down on a web page by clicking and dragging the page. And you can zoom in on the content by double clicking.

You can get Fennec here.

 

Chrome.jpgGoogle’s new browser supposedly built from scratch is super fast, has ultra fast response rate. I downloaded it today morning after all the hype that surrounded it in the blogosphere for the last two days and although I was initially shocked I was very excited about the browser, after all it’s Google’s new shine toy.

After installing it it imported all my bookmark and settings like passwords, history etc. but it doesn’t seem to have the feature of live RSS Feeds. Firefox 3’s awesome bar is really cool and Internet Explorer 8 and Google Chrome have adopted it. In Google Chrome it is called Omnibox.

omnibar

The UI is very simple as is common with all of the Google products. The tabs are on top of address bar/omnibox just like Opera. New tab pages display your nine most visited Web pages, as well as the searches you perform most, and your most recent bookmarks. Within each tab are individual controls, such as forward and back buttons. there is no search bar though, all you have got is Omnibox and it works really great, it includes suggestions for URLs, search suggestions from Google and URL Auto completion in Chrome is for top-level domains, not just some individual page you last visited on a site (for example typing cnet news will take you to news.cnet.com and not to http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10023926-1.html) other additional element in omnibox is if you go to Amazon and type within its search box to find a book or CD, Chrome remembers that Amazon search and when it next suggests the Amazon URL in the Omnibox, it also include a link to Amazon’s search box.

tabs

Application Shortcuts is a feature that allows you to create desktop icons for Web-only applications, such as Gmail or Calendar.

google gears shortcut

There is a stealth mode or incognito mode just like IE 8 and Safari. The Incognito window looks different: it’s darker and has a little detective character in the upper left corner to help you remember it’s not remembering the Web sites you visit. Although the Omnibox in Incognito has access to the regular Chrome history, everything typed into that stealth tab will be erased when you exit, as though you were never there.

incognito

pop-ups are sucked to the bottom of the browser window and you can view them, just drag it out into its own new window. the same applies for downloads also, you cannot interact with them in any way.

history

 

Because of isolating each tab’s process, if one tab in Chrome crashes, the entire browser does not. This is similar to a feature within IE8 beta 2. In terms of security, isolating tabs means each tab is in its own sandbox. Applets launched on a page within Chrome are read-only, do not install to the operating system, and cannot access data already on the hard drive.

downloads

The browser is pretty and has a cute tearing tab effect, and find in Page.

tearing Tab find in page

But the bookmarks are not neatly arranged, I mean once you get used to Firefox 3’s advance bookmark and tagging system, you can’t get on without it.

bookmarks

You can get  Google Chrome (beta) here.

Don’t forget to read the terms of service cause they are interesting in this case or skim through Be sure to read Chrome’s fine print.

 

Most of us don’t use the bookmarks toolbar, we hide it to save space. But now the next generation browsers – Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer have put some very important features in them.

Let me start with Firefox – Firefox have put the home button in bookmarks toolbar (cause home really is a bookmarked page) though you can easily bring it back. And Smart bookmarks, one of the new features of Firefox 3 has tags, recently visited pages and recently bookmarked pages. We won’t be able to use this feature if we hide the bookmarks toolbar.

Now Internet Explorer – Internet explorer has fut Favorites and “add to favorites” in favorites toolbar. we won’t be able to bookmark and access pages if we hide favorites toolbar.

Webslices – the new cool and innovative feature of Internet Explorer 8 resides in the favorites toolbar, webslices will also be unusable if we hide the toolbar.

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