Well, it’s been a busy few days in the web browser world! We’ll try and summarize what’s been happening for you!

Internet Explorer:
Internet Explorer 10On Thursday, Microsoft released Windows 8 Release Preview with an update to their Internet Explorer 10 browser that will ship when this new operating system is fully released later this year. Sadly, IE10 isn’t currently available for Windows 7 – we very much hope it will be before too long, as IE10 sees some quit significant leaps forward for Microsoft’s browser!

Mozilla Firefox:
Firefox 13The latest version of Firefox – version 13 – is now available to download from Mozilla (even though it’s not “officially” released until tomorrow!). Notable changes in this version, according to Mozilla, relate to the “Home” and “Tabs” pages. The “home” page can now be customized with bookmarks, history, sync, and previous session data. The “new tabs” page has also seen a feature introduce that has been knocking around in Chrome and Opera for a while – thumbnails of recently/commonly viewed pages

Google Chrome:
Chrome more popular than IEStatcounter also reported recently that Google Chrome has now overtaken Internet Explorer in terms of market share. According to StatCounter, Chrome now accounts for 32.76% of the worldwide market, compared to 31.94% for Internet Explorer and 25.47% for Firefox. This is the first time that a browser other than Internet Explorer has commanded the largest share of the browser market – even if Chrome’s lead is only 0.82%. Still, this is quite an achievement for a relatively new browser, which was first launched less than 4 years ago!

Opera 12It’s also been rumored this past week that Facebook may be gearing up to buy the Opera browser!
That’s the report from Pocket-Lint.com, which claims via unnamed sources that Facebook is looking to purchase Opera Software, the makers of the long-running Opera web browser. Details are sketchy, but the story claims that Facebook is looking to compete in the web browser war that already has Microsoft, Google, Apple and Mozilla among its big players.

The Opera web browser has historically always had the smallest market share of any of the 5 major desktop browsers. That said, Opera has gained some ground most notably in the mobile web browser market. Facebook is currently very focused on the “mobile” side of their operations, with an increasing number of users regularly using Facebook on their mobile devices. So, Facebook could be about to purchase Opera Software as a shortcut towards making a browser that could compete in the smartphone and tablet space.

The Facebook purchase could actually be very good for the Opera browser as it has the potential to become much more of a “threat” to the other 4 browsers – something which will likely see increased development, competitions, and a race to strive to produce the fastest, most “standards compliant” browser!

We’ve been closely monitoring Opera developments in recent months – Opera Software are about to release Opera 12, and we’ve been impressed with what we’ve seen so far from the nightly developer “snapshots” – it’s a substantial improvement on Opera 11 – it’s faster, and far more standard-compliant

Our browser-based software, MIDAS, is fully supported on Internet Explorer (including on IE10 in Windows 8), Firefox (including v13), Opera (including v12), as well as the current versions of Safari and Chrome

…and there’s still time to take advantage of our very special Diamond Jubilee discount!