Microsoft Internet Explorer release candidate now available
Microsoft maintains Internet Explorer release candidate 9 includes advancements in standards compatibility and user experience. The Release Candidate supports geolocation, WebM video (with the installation of a V8 code on Windows) and playback of H.264-encoded video using the HTML5 video tag. Speed has reportedly been improved by 35% over the initial beta.
Internet Explorer’s market share has eroded relative to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Seeking a leaner brower experience, the search and address bars are consolidated into one, while a translucent frame places the Web front-and-center over the browser interface.
Microsoft claims that IE 9’s design allows it to leverage both HTML5 and Windows 7 to deliver rich content faster.
The final version of IE9 is set for release in April 2011.
Mozilla Firefox 4 coming soon
Tentatively scheduled for release in early 2011, Firefox 4 beta, is currently in the beta stage with the eleventh beta released on February 8, 2011.
Other features include improved notifications, Firefox Panorama, application tabs, a redesigned extension manager, integration with Firefox Sync, and support for multi-touch displays.
A road map indicates that Mozilla hopes to release versions 5, 6 and 7 later in 2011 following the release of Firefox 4 in early 2011. These versions will be smaller incremental updates. The aim is to get new functions to users faster.
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If you don’t like either of these browsers, there is always Opera.
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