As many as 55 Million users abandoned Internet Explorer in December


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Last Friday, Microsoft published its year-end Internet Explorer statistics based on Net Applications usage tallies, and concluded that Internet Explorer 9 would have claim a 25 percent share of the Windows 7 browser market. This trend was illustrated by IE8 users upgrading to the new browser.

However, the final statistics from StatCounter and NetApplications for the month of December show that not all IE8 users are upgrading, and Internet Explorer (all versions) continues to drop as Google’s Chrome browser continues to rise in large jumps across the world.

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January 3, 2012

Make a New Year’s resolution, win Galaxy Nexus


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BetaNews reader-appreciation week continues with a third contest. We’d like to give one lucky reader the Google-branded, Samsung-manufactured Galaxy Nexus. But you’ll have to work for it, by, first, offering New Year’s resolutions that Google should make in 2012. We’re giving away a Google phone after all.

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January 2, 2012

Microsoft expects IE9 to claim 25% of browser market in December


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Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team announced on Friday that IE9 has passed both Firefox and Chrome in market share, and will soon be the number one browser among Windows 7 users according to data from Net Applications.

Though data from the month of December is not yet complete, the Internet Explorer team expects IE9 to close out the year with a quarter of the browser market as users upgrade from Internet Explorer 8.

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December 30, 2011

Want to get cut on the digital media bleeding edge? Try VLC Media Player Nightly


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Can’t wait for the next major release of VLC Media Player? Desperate to squash an annoying bug? Not afraid of installing untested, pre-release software on your computer? Willing to become a guinea pig ? If the answer to all of these questions is “yes”, then VLC Media Player Nightly might be for you.

As its name suggests, this is the latest, untested version of VideoLAN’s popular cross-platform, opens-source audio and video player to roll off the presses. That means it’s untested, which makes it unstable, and as likely to throw up new bugs as old ones get squashed. If that doesn’t put you off, read on.

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December 28, 2011

Celebrate Christmas with one of these 29 downloads


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Almost everyone has been busy over the past week making some form of preparation for Christmas and the holiday season. But despite the general pace of the world winding down slightly, the pace of software development continues with its usual speed. Mozilla has been particularly busy this week, releasing numerous updates to its Firefox web browser. The main release branch for the browser has hit version 9. Firefox 9.0.1 FINAL includes numerous tweaks to performance as well as changes to the way add-ons are handled. Startup times have been improved as has the general performance and stability of the browser.

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December 24, 2011

Google is Firefox’s Christmas Miracle


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It’s no secret that Mozilla needs Google. The Mountain View, Calif. search company provides a significant source of revenue for the software company, as it is the default search in Firefox. That deal has been extended an additional three years, the two companies announced on Tuesday.

“Mozilla has been a valuable partner to Google over the years and we look forward to continuing this great partnership in the years to come”, Google’s search chief Alan Eustace says. Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it may be safe to assume that it will contribute somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million yearly to Mozilla’s bottom line.

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December 21, 2011

Microsoft will push automatic updates to Internet Explorer, starting January 2012

Microsoft will push automatic updates to Internet Explorer, starting January 2012

Microsoft is set to get a little more pushy ensuring you have an up-to-date browser and will automatically update Internet Explorer to the latest version on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 beginning in January. This will occur for those who have enabled Automatic Updates within Windows Update, the company says.

The move echoes a trend started with Google’s Chrome, which automatically updates itself by default: other browsers (such as Firefox and Opera) prompt before updating. Chrome’s update strategy is why a previous version loses market share quickly when a new version comes out.

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December 15, 2011

Can’t wait for Firefox 64-bit? Try Waterfox 8

Can't wait for Firefox 64-bit? Try Waterfox 8

Each new release of Mozilla’s Firefox brings improved performance to this popular open-source web browser. But despite these welcome tweaks, Firefox remains hobbled in one major respect: it’s resolutely 32-bit.

There is an experimental 64-bit build of Firefox Nightly for Windows and Linux, but it’s an extremely early, unstable release and isn’t recommended for the casual user. So how can you enjoy Firefox in 64-bit without major risk? The answer lies with Waterfox 8.0.

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November 17, 2011

What’s coming in Firefox 9, 10 or 11? Little to get excited about

What's coming in Firefox 9, 10 or 11? Little to get excited about

The Firefox development merry-go-round has moved on again, withFirefox 9 Beta and Firefox 10 Aurora builds being joined by two separate versions of Firefox 11: Firefox 11 Nightly and Firefox 11 UX, the most intriguing build of all.

Those looking for major new features or a revamped interface will be disappointed, as the emphasis in Beta and Aurora builds is very much one of performance improvements and stability fixes. With this in mind, which version should you install? Read on for our updated guide to what’s happening with each version of Firefox.

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November 10, 2011