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Comment Depends who you ask... (Score 1) 514

According to, Bing has around 4% market share. However, it should be noted that they measure traffic driven to actual sites as a result of using search engines for their metrics. So if we assume both ComScore and StatOwl are correct in their reported data. Then around 6% of the new Bing traffic can't seem to find what they are looking for with Bing.

Submission + - Internet Explorer 6 Will Not Die (

caffeinejolt writes: Despite all the hype surrounding new browsers being released pushing the limits of what can be done on the Web, Firefox 3 has only this past month overtaken IE6. Furthermore, if you take the previous report and snap on the Corporate America filter, IE6 rules the roost and shows no signs of leaving anytime soon. Sorry web developers, for those of you who thought the ugly hacks would soon be over, it appears they will linger on for quite a bit — especially if you develop for business sites.

Submission + - Hotmail Outage (

caffeinejolt writes: According to customer complaints filed on the Hotmail page of, it appears that Hotmail had a service outage yesterday lasting approximately 1.75 hours. Some customers reported the reason issued by Hotmail was a power outage. It seems only fair since the Gmail outage in Februrary was reported on Slashdot, that Hotmail get its fair mention as well. Judging from the Hotmail customer comments on, I can only imagine what the Hotmail phone support personnel had to go through yesterday.

Comment Different JS Versions and DOM/Layout Issues (Score 2, Informative) 41

Javascript 1.5 (aka ECMAScript ECMA-262 Edition 3) is what most developers target for good reason. But there are supersets found primarily in Gecko based browsers. But then you throw in the various DOM quirks between browsers and before you know it, programming anything large in Javascript that will be used across a wide variety of browsers can really start to suck due to minor quirks between different implementations. It will be interesting to see how their test cases support/address layout issues, if they do at all.

Submission + - Chrome only one left standing at hacking contest

caffeinejolt writes: According to an article on Ars Technica: "During a contest at the CanSecWest event, security researchers competed to exploit vulnerabilities in web browsers. Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer were all successfully compromised, but Chrome was able to withstand the first day of the competition." Chrome is Google's browser based on the open source Chromium project. The stable Chrome 1.x release has a small, but growing market share with frequent releases.

Comment Hopefully History Will Not Repeat Itself (Score 1) 662

Microsoft has a history of rising up to destroy the browser competition that exists at the time. They also seems to rest on their laurels afterwards in a manner that stagnates web innovation.

This time though, there are a few viable competitors and the Windows platform, while still dominating, has dwindled since the last browser war. So I think healthy competition will hopefully remain in place this round. Nonetheless, Microsoft should not be underestimated - they now see the value of controlling the Web via a dominant browser, and they also have Windows 7 on the horizon, which may or may not increase their OS market share. You can bet on IE8 being a prominent feature in Windows 7 and pushed to existing Windows users.

I wish the underdogs luck!

Comment I liked the firefox marketing ideas better (Score 1) 459

Linux client market share needs some help. I think it is great to get the word out there that Linux is a viable desktop alternative, and maybe this will turn out to be a good way to win some converts. However, I think perhaps learning from what worked well for Firefox and then perhaps building a similar grassroots campaign combined with a well designed site that shows some real desktop advantages offered by some of the more polished distributions combined with the option to download easily runnable OS images (i.e. VMWare Player) might fare better.

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