Microsoft has released a platform preview 3 for its Internet Explorer 10, which will be the core browser for Windows 8. The build is available through the developer preview of Windows 8 and offers users two interface options. It features the new Metro UI experience but also supports the traditional Windows desktop interface.
Mozilla is finally going to launch its popular Firefox web browser on the Android Honeycomb platform. Although Firefox has been available to Android, it has thus far only supported phones and not tablets. This new Firefox for Honeycomb will be an evolution of the phone version with added features that take advantage of the larger screen size.
The Dolphin Browser has been one of the most popular third-party web browsers for the Android platform and now it's making its way to the iPhone. The browser is developed by MoboTap, which has just released a free iOS version of Dolphin that's built to work on top of Safari.
The folks at Box.net have today noted that they'll be launching a fully web-based HTML5 version of their very popular cloud storage app. This new version will allow any mobile device, for example, running an HTML5-powered mobile web browser to run this now much more universally accessible platform. This new HTML5 app will have the same (or eventually more) functions as the mobile apps that are available on smartphones and tablets today, this app then allowing those apps to perhaps expire should the user want to simply work with the web-based solution.
Skyfire, popular for their mobile browser that enables viewing of Flash videos on the iOS platform, has just released a new iOS app called VideoQ. The app has similar functionality to its browser in allowing users to watch Flash videos on iOS after the files have been converted remotely, but focuses on the playback element.
The folks at the company formerly known as Pixazza, if you've ever heard of them of course, have rebranded themselves as "Luminate", launching today a brand new platform that'll allow web-based images to act as mini-applications. What this will do, essentially, is if you take a look at the image below this paragraph, you'll see several elements that, if you were looking at them in a real-world setting, you'd be able to touch and get a reaction out of. What Luminate intends to do is make that situation a reality inside the web browser with minimal effort on the part of the developer or webmaster who wishes to have said functionality.
China is the largest market for search and online ads in the world with its huge population going online in droves. Not too long ago I mentioned that Baidu and Microsoft were entering into a search deal that would see some Microsoft Bing search results integrated into the Baidu results in China. This was Microsoft's way to grow its Chinese reach without actually launching Bing in China.
Mozilla has just released Firefox 5 today after only a few short months since the previous version launched. The predecessor was deemed as the last major release version before Mozilla embarks on a Google Chrome model that will bring shorter faster release cycles. Rather than having new features sit waiting for a major release, now smaller bundles of new features will be pushed out as they become ready, making for new releases as quick as every six weeks.
If you regularly use Google Docs, Google Calendar, or Gmail then you had better keep your browsers up to date. Google today announced that its Google Apps will no longer support older browsers starting August 1. A big reason for this is Google Apps' need for HTML 5 support.
Google today launched the stable release version of Chrome 11. The updated browser brings numerous bug fixes and security enhancements, plus a brand new logo. Google has been releasing new versions of Chrome almost every six weeks since last summer and have listed over 3.700 changes made with this latest stable release.