Future of the web and HTML 5

With push from Apple and Google, finally HTML 5 appears to be the future of  web. Even Microsoft which has tried very hard to push its Silverlight, has given in by implementing HTML 5 support with IE9. With Windows 8 expected to bring  HTML5 apps to mainstream consumers,  HTML 5 adaptation cant get better boost.

But days of HTML 5 only sites are still years away, last week I was playing with some of the popular tags and could immediately notice remarkable difference between Google Chrome and Firefox in their support and implementation. And IE9 is  not ready for adoption in enterprise. Over next few years there will be arguments and  counter arguments regarding what is best for future of HTML 5, unlike the past where Microsoft used to set the rules in HTML game and rest followed, we have other players already in the game and Microsoft would be expected to follow Standards.

With the advent of HTML5 the biggest benefit will  be for low power devices, on the other hand Adobe Flash and  Microsoft’s Silverlight will be the biggest casualties. And with advent of HTML apps, Microsoft’s dominance in OS realm will be seriously threated by likes of Google and Apple, overall exciting phase awaits every computer user.

Mozilla likely to release ‘Firefox 4’

Mozilla is likely to release Firefox 4 on March 22, its Release Candidate was on March 9th. The browser has features like New Tab Location, Switch to Tab, Firefox button, App Tabs, Organize your tabs (feature that allows you to drag and drop tabs from tab clutter to manageable groups for naming and organizing in a different way), Manage your Add-Ons (is a small indicator on the top left which indicates you by slightly glowing when new mails/ any other notifications you recieve), Stay in Sync (which lets you to synchronize the settings, bookmarks, passwords, and other customiztion to multiple devices).

The browser also has features which are under the hood such as WebM and HD video (with HTML5 video standards), New JS values (for an efficient and better graphics viewing in the browser, it changes to C++ representation for the javascript values so that it can execute large amount of numeric code), Protecting your privacy, Multi-Touch support, 3D on the web, Retained layers (for faster scrolling for web pages with complexity), Audio API, XPCOM, Stylin’ Pages with CSS3 (for adding animations to web pages), Upgrading Forms, Fabulous Fonts, HTML5 support, Web Console, JetPack SDK (for easier developments of Add-Ons, also for installing the Add-Ons without the need to restart the browser), Full Hardware Acceleration (for a super-fast experience of graphics acceleration on Windows, Linux and etc., with Direct2D and Direct3D), Compartments, SVG as Images, Crash Protection (the browser provides an uninterrupted browsing for Microsoft SilverLight plugins, Adobe Flash and etc., even though a crash occurs and the page has to be restarted to reload the plugin), and HSTS (where the browser establishes a secure connection to the servers)

Opera 10.52 – and its features

Opera has launched its new version browser Opera 10.52 for Mac OS X Systems. As per the news update, Opera 10.52 works 10 times faster than Opera 10.10 version. Firefox and Chrome for Mac already have a tough competition in terms of speed. Opera 10.52 features native Cocoa integration, multi-touch trackpad gestures support, and Growl notification support.

Visit http://www.opera.com/browser/download/ from your Mac OS X’s Safari/Firefox/Chrome to download the Opera 10.52 browser.

The new Browser version supports multi-touch gestures, it also has Growl notification support, which will give notifications if the download is complete or pop-up is blocked and so on. Its also has the feature of Turbo compression technology that allows surfing efficient even the network is slower or congested.