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Faster than a speeding rabbit: speed, sync, and settings

February 17th, 2011

In the spirit of the lunar new year, we’re excited to kick off the Year of the Rabbit with a slew of enhancements in the Chrome beta channel. Today’s new beta includes a dramatic improvement in JavaScript speed, new password sync features, and entirely revamped browser settings. In our new beta release, JavaScript is as…

A first glimpse at Opera 11.10 “Barracuda”

February 17th, 2011

We are proud to announce that the first snapshot of Opera 11.10, codename “Barracuda,” has finally arrived! Everyone here has worked hard to get this new shiny build out to you. :up: In this build, Core has been upgraded from version 2.7.62 to 2.8.99, which is a pretty big step forward. With this Core upgrade…

User Experiences – Listen, Learn, Refine

February 15th, 2011

Your feedback is an essential part of how we refine the user experience for the final product. The IE9 beta reached millions of users around the world (over 25 million downloads), and we received a lot of feedback – a total of over 17,000 pieces of feedback since the start of IE9. The extensive reach…

IE9’s Assistive Technology Interface Enhancements

February 15th, 2011

IE9 introduces improvements to the interfaces used by assistive technologies (ATs) to enhance the accessibility of Internet Explorer. These changes relate to IE9’s switch to the hardware-accelerated rendering of HTML content. Previously, some accessibility tools depended on IE’s GDI-based rendering to scrape information from Web sites. Since IE9 has no GDI-based rendering, these features do…

Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate available via Automatic Update

February 15th, 2011

Starting today, Monday, February 14, 2011, the Automatic Update (AU) feature of Windows Update (WU) will offer users of Internet Explorer 9 Beta an upgrade to the Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate. This rollout will start with a narrow audience and expand over the next few days to cover all Internet Explorer 9 Beta users….

Introducing Opera 11.10 “Barracuda”

February 14th, 2011

Barracuda: a sleek fish with a torpedo-like body, dagger-like teeth, and a ferocious appetite. Built to hunt in the ocean, it relies on surprise, agility, and bursts of speed to overtake its prey. The Barracuda can even consume larger fish. “Barracuda” is also the code name of the upcoming 11.10 version of the Opera browser….

IE9 on Windows Phone

February 14th, 2011

Today’s announcement that IE9 will come to Windows Phone reflects our commitment to deliver the best experience of the Web on Windows. IE9 on the desktop provides consumers and developers with great HTML5 support that takes full advantage of the hardware for great performance. IE9 on Windows Phones will as well. We’ve worked closely across…

New Chrome extension: block sites from Google’s web search results

February 14th, 2011

Today the Google web search team launched a new Chrome extension to block low-quality sites from appearing in Google’s web search results. Read more in the post below, cross-posted from the Official Google Blog. – Ed We’ve been exploring different algorithms to detect content farms, which are sites with shallow or low-quality content. One of…

Acting on Feedback: IE9 Release Candidate Available for Download

February 10th, 2011

The Release Candidate of Internet Explorer 9, available now at www.BeautyOfTheWeb.com in 40 languages, reflects our unique approach to building the best experience of the Web on Windows. IE9 also reflects a more open and transparent approach with its regular cadence of platform previews for developers and enthusiasts. With the Release Candidate, we’ve taken to…

HTML5 Privacy: Transparency in a Complex On-Line World

February 10th, 2011

Today the University of California Berkeley Center for Law & Technology held a Browser Privacy Mechanisms Roundtable with participants from government, including Commissioner Julie Brill and Chief Technologist Ed Felten from the US Federal Trade Commission, academia, and industry, including Microsoft. Privacy spans technology and policy, and conversations that reflect these different points of view…