Windows Browser Ballot System – A total waste of time

EU is pushing Microsoft to provide a browser ballot in the Windows versions shipped in European Union countries.Well it is definitely not going to help the consumer/ end user. The argument from EU and Microsoft’s rivals is that since windows comes pre-installed with Internet Explorer, the users are not given equal opportunity for using other browsers.

Browser Ballot Screenshot for Windows in EU
Browser Ballot Screenshot for Windows in EU

If the users are not tech savvy enough, how does EU expect them to make a wise or useful choice upfront ? So these decisions may be forced on them by their relatives or the people who help them set up a computer. Especially if a non techy user finds that he/she is missing their favorite Internet Explorer (or comfortable) and when they try to connect office network and get thrown out because they are using a non IE browser ?

One way or the other this ballot system will be a failure from the start just like Windows Editions launched without Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer. Well no one bothered to buy these Windows Editions specifically launched in EU, after all why not have IE or Windows Media Player if they are not going to harm your computer?

Probably EU regulators should now look at other real issues like launching Phones like Iphone locked and limiting their use to only one network etc.

Best Web browser ? – Google Chrome Review

My first impression of Google Chrome was not so good.The first time when I downloaded and started using it, felt very uncomfortable without the Google Toolbar. I got so used to using Google toolbar and my first thought was this browser is not for me at least for time being. So after a few hours I was back to Firefox and IE 7.

Google Chrome - Best browser ?
Google Chrome - Best browser ?

Few days went on and heard somewhere Chrome works better with google’s products like GMail and Youtube. So again I went back to Chrome and started using with Gmail and to my surprise, Gmail was very fast in Chrome and I decided to try it for a few more days.The other main factor which was refreshingly good was how fast the browser itself opens and in this Google Chrome seemed to beat Firefox and IE by a quite a margin. But this could be because the current version
of Chrome doesnt allow support addons or extensions and does not have a separate toolbar like Firefox or IE. Maybe this might or might not change in future versions.

Now coming back to Missing toolbar issue, after a few hours with Chrome, I started using the address bar of Chrome to search, jus like the way we type site addresses. Type any word and enter and your search results are there for you. Still Im missing the suggest(and Autofill) feature which is present in google toolbar, which will bring related
keywords and help you in searching.

 Google chrome Browsing history view

One more notable feature is the ‘ Browsing history view ‘ when you open Chrome, It brings up to nine most visited website thumbnails, and most of the time I use these thumbnails to navigate these websites. This is definitely a very useful addition. The incognito tab option, which is basically private browsing which would allow any tracking files(cookies) to be stored in your computer or wouldnt leave any browsing history / Search history in your computer. Chrome also maintains browsing history in a calendar fashion with thumbnails and allows to search the browsing history. The browsing history can be deleted by day or completely.

Though Chrome doesnt have many new features now it has replaced Firefox in my laptop as the primary browser, I still use IE for what I used it for even before I got Google chrome. Nowadays I mostly dont use Firefox, this could be because firefox isnt faster or lighter anyomore and Chrome offers what I need. I believe Chrome will definitely eat into Firefox’s market.

On the negative side FTP downloads doesnt work in Chrome and even some other sites which use Flash also work differently in Chrome. Hopefully this will change with the newer versions of Chrome, afterall Chrome is a newbie in Browser market. If you go sheer speed of Browsing and JavaScript rendering Google Chrome seems to be the best browser in market.

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[PS: I recently downloaded IE 8 and quite impressed with it, Not like Chrome but still will come out with its review soon]

Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) Beta Review

Internet Explorer 8 Beta released yesterday really excited me, this version of IE is supposed to be following open and widely accepted standards. Usually whenever Im doin some site designing I have found my site either working with IE (mostly) and will break up in Firefox. Since majority viewers use IE, I sometimes forget Firefox. So it was always  bad news for users of firefox.

 Internet Explorer 8 IE8, Following the new standards is a big boost to other browsers

Not only this site ,But I have seen several sites rendering differently in IE and Firefox. Also It seems Firefox has recently Adapted itself to suit IE’s rendering. The main concern area of IE7 and previous  IE versions was the CSS rendering. Since Microsoft had its own way of understanding CSS the sites looked awful if written for IE and rendered in some other browser.

So what does IE 8 do? Microsoft has enabled IE8 to follow the web standards by default. So is it good? Yes it is good in the long term.. But bad for web designers in the short term. IE8’s default rendering breaks most(yes it does) site’s  layout(including this site). And strangely this site works well with both IE7 and Firfox(not as good as IE7) but only breaks with IE8, which indicates how much Firefox has tweaked itself to survive with Microsoft OS.

But there is a “Emulate IE7” button in IE8 which saved me this time, you can always click emulate IE7 and close all windows and open them your browser will work in IE7 a charm and my website works 🙂 . So what does IE8 add to our arsenal, it helps developers have a real feel of what users will see after launch of IE8. With open standards and buzz created by this it is expected IE8 will occupy 50% off all internet hits and completely replace IE7.

So any other change in IE8 from IE7? As far as I have seen nothing much differs, its all feautures of IE7 with much more stability and fixes.. that is IE8 for you. Will get back to you with more news if available in future. By the way if you want to try IE8 Beta You can follow the link below.

Download Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) Beta version Free

Internet Explorer 8 for VISTA

Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP

For others and everybody(including VISTA and XP if above links dont work)