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9 Expected Features of Internet Explorer 9

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Microsoft is getting ready to release the first beta version of Internet Explorer 9. September 15, 2010 will be the day where we may see some ultimate changes in web browser war. Or even Internet Explorer may again fail as well. Well the final review is still awaiting.

Development of IE9 began shortly after IE8 had been released. Microsoft began taking features suggestions through Microsoft Connect soon after IE8 was released. On March 16, 2010 Microsoft released first platform preview version of IE9.

Till now Microsoft has released 4 platform previews to help developers and users have a look at the upcoming features in IE9. But recently we saw Google Chrome has update lot many features and saw rapid growth in its market share. Firefox 4 beta 5 tried its best to impress users but found guilty for copying Chrome like features.

Keeping all these things in mind, we started noting down the top 9 ultimate features which can impress its users.

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Internet explorer previous versions used to occupy more window area for its menu, bookmarks and many other things. The browsing window was very small and users had to scroll up and down every time. We expect IE9  comes with a clean browser like Chrome (Firefox has already achieved).

If you start noting how many menu elements Internet explorer is having, it may cross some 25+. IE always proved to be very complicated browser with many unwanted features embedded in it. Hope IE9 comes with reduced and easy to use menu.

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In Google Chrome 6, we saw many shortcuts on the browser screen. Adding important shortcuts for history, bookmarks and etc may attract users as Google Chrome 6 did.

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Recently we found that Google Chrome scored top on HTML 5 test and IE 9 showed very poor performance. In PP4, many of the HTML 5 elements are missing which chrome and Firefox have included. Hope IE9 will support all HTML 5 elements and will be web developer friendly browser.

Hardware (GPU) acceleration appears to be activated by default now in Firefox 4 Beta 5. Google confirmed that Chrome 7 majorly about GPU Acceleration update. If Microsoft integrates GPU Acceleration by default in IE9, we can see high graphical performance and subtle speed increase in graphics-heavy websites. Better GPU Acceleration can steal lot more users towards IE9.

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Developers were having very tough time while developing a website which can perform well in all the versions of Internet Explorer. But lines of code used to grow high and high while previewing the website on all versions after IE6. With the support of CSS3 and older CSS, hope IE9 reduces the work of web developers.

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The main advantage for Google Chromium project and Mozilla’s Firefox is, both are open source project. Using this open source code, software programmers can help Chromium / Firefox team in noting down the bugs and helping in developing best browser.

Many browsers like Hidden Reflex’s Epic Browser used Mozilla source code and Flock is using Chromium 7 code. Feedback from these browsers are helping Google and Mozilla to have error-less browser.

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  • The first IE9 Platform Preview featured support for CSS3 and SVG, a new JScript engine called Chakra, and a scored 55/100 on the Acid3 test, up from 20/100 for IE8.
  • On May 5, 2010, the second IE9 Platform Preview was released, which featured a score of 68/100 on the Acid3 test and faster performance on the WebKit SunSpider JavaScript benchmark than the first IE9 Platform Preview.
  • On June 23, 2010, the third IE9 Platform Preview was released, which featured a score of 83/100 on the Acid3 test and a faster JScript engine than the second IE9 Platform Preview. The third IE9 Platform Preview also includes support for HTML5 audio, video, and canvas tags, and WOFF.
  • On August 4, 2010, the fourth IE9 Platform Preview was released, which features a score of 95/100 on the Acid3 test and a faster JScript engine than the third IE9 Platform Preview.

Acid3 is a test page from the Web Standards Project that checks how well a web browser follows certain selected elements from web standards, especially relating to the Document Object Model (DOM) and JavaScript. Currently Firefox is scoring 97/100 in acid3 test and Chrome 6 is already on 100/100!!

Hope IE9 achieves 100/100 to say its a perfect browser for upcoming changes in browsing world!

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Last by not least! All Windows XP users are waiting for when Microsoft will say “IE9 is supportable on Windows XP”. If IE9 works on Windows XP machines then for sure it will be a big hit as market share of Windows XP users are still on top.

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If these features will be added to upcoming IE9 no wonder it will beat other browsers. Already Chrome and Firefox has started acquiring the big market share. We saw Google Chrome 6 and Firefox 4 Beta’s with total restructure in their design and some ultimate features as well. Now its time for IE9 to show its new design get back its share icon smile 9 Expected Features of Internet Explorer 9

September 15, 2010 is the date we are all watching for!!

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Google Chrome Turns 2 : A Brief Flashback

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First of all Happy Birthday Chrome.! Wishing you a successful journey ahead and keep growing icon smile Google Chrome Turns 2 : A Brief Flashback It was on same day when Google first released its much awaited web browser. Google released first Chrome beta version for Microsoft Windows on 2 September 2008.

The name Google Chrome is derived from the graphical user interface frame, or “chrome”, of web browsers.

Before Chrome came in to existence the main players where Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox. It was the time when Google has just started expanding its market in other fields than search engine. But the release of yet another best product Chrome by Google surprised everyone with its cool GUI.

Join with us to go through the great journey Google’s Chrome web browser,

For six years, Google’s Chief Executive Eric Schmidt was against the idea of building an independent web browser. He stated that “At the time, Google was a small company,” and he didn’t want to go through “bruising browser wars”. However, after co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page hired several Firefox developers and built a demonstration of Chrome, Mr. Schmidt admitted that “It was so good that it essentially forced me to change my mind.”

The browser was first publicly released for Microsoft Windows (XP and later only) on 2 September 2008 in 43 languages, officially a beta version. Chrome quickly gained about 1% market share despite being only available for Microsoft Windows.

Google official Blog article about on 1 sept 2008 said,

At Google, we have a saying: “launch early and iterate.” While this approach is usually limited to our engineers, it apparently applies to our mailroom as well! All of us at Google spend much of our time working inside a browser. We search, chat, email and collaborate in a browser. And in our spare time, we shop, bank, read news and keep in touch with friends — all using a browser…. We will be launching the beta version of Google Chrome tomorrow in more than 100 countries..

Tech tip: Have you heard of Google Chrome’s comic book?? Check out here!

Well the Google has released many build versions, canary builds, development releases, beta versions and many more! We are not going through all those. Here are the top beta and final versions which showed some important changes.

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Release Date: 02 September 2008

Well this was the first beta released which went on hit the browsers war. Google released Chrome version 0.2.149 went online and many users downloaded as well. Chrome claimed 1% of browsers market on its first release.

In September 2008, Google released a large portion of Chrome’s source code, including its V8 JavaScript engine, as an open source project entitled Chromium.

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Release Date: 29 October 2008

Chrome’s first beta release initially claimed 1% market share for sure, but right next month Google noticed the dip in share by 0.4%. Reason was crystal clear and Google made changes and released next version on 29 October 2008.

Google improved plugin performance and reliability. Spell checking for input fields. Improved web proxy performance and reliability. Tab and window management updates on version 0.3.154.

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Release Date: 11 December 2008

It was first stable release by Chrome. Chrome’s market went up to 1.38% and Google seem to be happy icon wink Google Chrome Turns 2 : A Brief Flashback

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Release Date: 24 July 2009

Google Chrome version 2.0.172 saw a totally change over when compared to its previous releases. This time Chrome showed 35% faster JavaScript on the SunSpider benchmark, Mouse wheel support, Full-screen mode, Full-page zoom. First time user found form auto fill feature. Users were able to sort bookmarks by title. Tab docking to browser and desktop edges. Basic Greasemonkey support.

Tech tip: By the end of August 2009 Chrome took over the 3rd best web browser title from Opera.

Release Date: 12 October 2009

After becoming the third most used browser Google started comparing Chrome with Firefox and IE. There was still many things left out to compete them. Chrome 3.0.195 got new “new tab” page for improved customization. 25% faster JavaScript. HTML5 video and audio tag support. For a first time Google gave opportunity for its users to add themes for Chrome.

Tech tip: By the end of November 2009, Chrome got the still stronger market share of 4.66%.

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Release Date: 25 January 2010

This time Google started comparing with Firefox and made big changes in Chrome. Chrome 4.0.249 improved HTML5 support and performance improvements. For a first time Chrome showed 100% ACID3 pass result. As Firefox, Chrome also started supporting addons / extensions. All attracted still more users and market share went up to 7% by March end.

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Release Date: 25 May 2010

Just 4 months and Google is back with new version again. Google released Chrome 5 to Linux and Mac as well. Chrome 5 included many things like Geolocation APIs, Application Cache, web sockets, and file drag-and-drop. Google included Adobe flash player and revamped bookmark manager as well in Chrome 5.

Tech tip: Chrome market share crossed 9% and became more stronger icon wink Google Chrome Turns 2 : A Brief Flashback

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Release Date: 25 May 2010

Well we all know just 2 weeks back only we all saw the Chrome 6. Chrome 6 can be called as one of the best release by Google. There are lot of Changes and we also noted 15 ultimate changes in Chrome 6.

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Release Date: 25 August 2010

Chrome 7 still under development stage. Google team is working on GPU acceleration on Chrome browser to compete with Inter Explorer 9 and Firefox 4. This is the very good move by Chromium team to add the only missing feature in Chrome when compared with others. We saw there were 7 notable changes in chrome / chromium 7. We still don’t know when the final and stable release will be out in market.

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Google released many products in past few years and Chrome is also one among them. But rather than any other product after its best search engine, Google Chrome showed good growth. Google Chrome has changed web browsers market share and the growth is tremendous.

Google has drawn a new strategy in new Chrome version releases. From now, every 6 weeks we will see new version of Chrome which clearly tells we will get Chrome 7 and 8 by this end. But only question is till when Google will use this plan?

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Google Chrome version 6, 7 and 8 by this year end!

Google has decided to release new Chrome version every 6 weeks. Chrome 6 Beta is already in market with best new features and ready to compete IE9.

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15 Ultimate Features of Chrome 6

Chrome 6 beta version is out in market and download links are available. Here are the few ultimate features/changes in Google Chrome 6.

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8 Best features of Facebook Questions

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As we discussed before Facebook is having some or other problems everyday and in news for almost two or three months. In our previous post also we explained you one of  the big mistake by Facebook.

At the same Facebook is coming up new features everyday, which is making it to stay on top the social network. This time around we got to know its cool feature “Facebook Questions”, that allows user to post questions and get answers from the entire Facebook Community.

“Facebook Questions,” as the beta, or test, product is called, lets members “tap into the collective knowledge” of other members, Facebook’s director of product management Blake Ross said.

Facebook Questions is a beta version and it is available to selected users only. These selected members will see an “Ask Question” button at the top of their homepage.

“Since we like to develop products carefully over time with your help, Facebook Questions is available to a limited number of people right now, and we’ll be developing it rapidly based on their feedback. We’re aiming to bring this product to all of you as quickly as we can.” Ross said in Facebook Blog.

Following are few notable features in Facebook Questions.

1. Quality answer for your Questions

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Facebook has recently reached 500 million users mark, which covers 80% of the world’s population. Don’t you think at least a one in 500 million can answer to your question?

Of course this is a great move by Facebook. It may find few big rivals like Yahoo! Answers, Ask.com etc. Still it all depends on how it going to get changes.

2. Ask whom you like

Yes, this time Facebook has given a chance to its your user. They can fire a question to there friends group of to whole community. For instance, if you have a question about what type of camera you should buy, you could tag it with “Photography.” If you want to find the best bike routes in the area, you might tag it with “Cycling.”

The questions you ask will be shown to people who have expressed interest in the particular topics you tag, as well as to your friends and friends of friends.

3. Explore any Topic

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Tagging themes also helps others benefit from the knowledge of everyone on Facebook. For instance, if you’ve always wanted to learn more about technology, social life or even how to train for a interview, Facebook Questions lets you see what others are asking about those subjects.

You can browse answers from people with deep knowledge on a topic or click “Follow” under any question to receive a notification each time someone submits a new answer.

4. Publish on wall

If a user posts a question, a small link referencing the question shows up in the “recent activity.” At the moment, Facebook Pages are not able to publish the questions onto their walls, a place that showcases all of the page’s activity and is a resource for users.

Being able to publish questions to the wall will let everyone to track a questions more easily and will feature questions in a familiar setting for easy interactions.

Tech Tip: The feature would be better if it was integrated with profile and page walls.

5. Like and Comment

Like any content on Facebook, users will expect to be able to comment on Questions and “like” them. Users are able to mark questions as either “helpful” or “unhelpful,” and these notes are tallied next to each question. But it isn’t the same as the familiar “like” functionality. Commenting is especially crucial, but is limited to answers of users your are friends with.

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6. Type of Question

User can ask any kind of question, and they have the feature of adding a multiple answer kind of questions as well.

For an instance, if you to plan for  a trip and need to ask all your friends. Will you go and write on each and everyone’s wall and ask? How about having voting kind of question with Yes and No buttons? Isn’t it useful?

7. Analytics

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Analytics will especially be important to brands using the feature on their pages. Brands will want to track and learn how to best engage their audience with Questions and most effectively use the feature. This would include tracking the number of people who responded to a poll question, how many followers a question received and similar metrics.

8. Post photos in Photo Questions

User can even ask a question by showing some photo. Isn’t a cool feature? Just imagine you want to ask a question to your friend on the photo they have added. You can use this feature right?

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Well these are the best features which each and every user should know about Facebook Questions.

Even Google earlier this year bought Aardvark, a “social search” service that relies on a user’s social network contacts – including their Facebook contacts – to provide answers to questions. May be Facebook Questions will challenge to Google’s Aardvark. Let us wait and watch more space about it.

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