Opera took version 10 out of beta and now has launched it officially. I’m blogging this post using Opera 10 and it has been impressive. So impressive that I’ve since been using three browsers since its release. (The other two I’m using are Firefox and Chrome)
On a final note, web designers may want to get this update as to have design get tested on as Opera is one of the browsers that is the most standards-compliant. ๐
The competition raised the question : “Reinventing Tabs in the Browser – How can we create, navigate and manage multiple web sites within the same browser instance?” And several groups heeded the call and proposed solutions. Here are the very interesting design submissions that got the Best in Class:
…Is the way it keeps on insisting on the Google search engine that’s associated with my geographic location.
I’ve been using Google Chrome as my default browser and I’ve been observing that whenever I search for something via the address bar, it will go to Google.com.ph, the Google search engine that’s geared for the Philippines.
The thing is, I’ve set my preferences time and time again to switch to the default Google.com page with my preferred number of returned search results.
Is this a bug or Google’s way of “doing what’s best” for my search. ๐ก
Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle! Google finally launches its own web browser.
Dubbed as Google Chrome, the web browser is the long-anticipated software that will go up against Microsoft‘s Internet Explorer, Mozilla‘s Firefox and Opera‘s web browser. (I can hear the collective groans from those respective camps)
According to the Google Blog, Google decided to launch the browser because they “believe [they] can add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web.” Google also launched a comic book to highlight the features of Google Chrome as well as educate the general public on the philosophies behind the design of the application.
I’m all for a browser that will release IE’s chokehold on the browser market, but this move gives Mozilla and Opera the impetus to really come up with nice value added features in order to keep their market share. Google will be happy to launch the product in Beta then gradually lure users into their fold, while creating improvements on Google Chrome of course. From my analysis, the biggest eventual losers of market share will be Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Mozilla Labs announced the alpha prototype launch of Ubiquity, a plugin that essentially adds some depth to the user experience in using the web. Here’s the video of the demo for Mozilla Labs’ Ubiquity:
If you watched the video, you see that the Mozilla firefox plugin is introducing a novel way of interacting with Web 2.0 applications. It links together a pseudo-programming langauge based on natural human language in creating little mashups in your email, calendar, or even with Twitter and Wikipedia.
I see the potential of this new way of interaction because it will pave the way for voice commands in browsing. Imagine, if I find something inersting on the web, I could just select the URL utter “Twitter this!” and the url will be converted into a TinyURL URL and, Voila!, that’s my new Twitter status.
I saw this over at Slashdot (yep, I still visit this site):
An article on Ars Technica reveals Mozilla’s intention to create and release a plugin for Internet Explorer that would allow the often-criticized IE to utilize some of the cooler rendering code developed for Firefox.
I then scoot over to the Ars Technica article to see what was the Mozilla initiative all about. I learn that there’s a project for a plug-in for the Internet Explorer browser that “fixes” the rendering of the oft-maligned browser. The article describes it further:
Wow, I really like the sound of that. But from a strategy point of view, why would Mozilla just let users download a plug-in? Will this harm the momentum Mozilla Firefox has gathered in getting market share from Internet explorer?