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Browsers: new beta, acquisition and upping the ballot screen option

Tuesday 25th August 2009
Opera and another beta release

This month, Opera has released its third beta version: Mozilla Foundation campaign to urge European Union antitrust regulators to demand more from Microsoft than the browser ballot screen it promised to offer Windows 7 users later this year; and RIM has bought Torch Mobile, a browser developer of Iris, using a Webkit platform.

The new in Opera beta 3 are more visual resizable tab options and the optional thumbnail view, renovation of the user interface and 38 languages. Turbo has been refined for more speed and the integrated crash logger is claimed to make beta 3 'rock solid'

The promised Opera Unite which turns any computer into both a client and a server, allowing it to interact with and serve content to other computers directly across the Web, without the need for third-party servers, is still a promise 'as soon as possible.'

RIM adds Iris to portfolio
RIM's acquisition of Torch Mobile, a mobile browser developer  brings it a Webkit OS platform developer similar to that behind Safari on the iPhone and PC, the Android browser and Google Chrome.

Torch Mobile team of developers will join RIM's global organisatio focused on utilising its WebKit-based mobile browser expertise to contribute to the ongoing enhancement of the BlackBerry platform.

"Torch Mobile's team of highly skilled developers has been actively involved in Open Source development and includes contributors, Committers and Reviewers of the WebKit project. As part of RIM, these developers will continue to be active participants in the WebKit development community."

RIM's Iris currently runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile but the speed and lightweight nature of Webkit currently makes it the best platform for mobile browsing.

Campaign on IE
Mozilla Foundation  campaign to prod European Union antitrust regulators to demand more the promised browser ballot screen is based on the fact that "the proposal sounds good, but in practice, the way they implement it will make a big difference."

The arguement is that even if the plan were accepted, IE would still enjoy a most-favored-browser status. "Even if everything in the currently proposed settlement is implemented in the most positive way, IE will still have a unique and uniquely privileged position on Windows installations."

Mozilla is also calling on Microsoft to extend its plans for EU countries to users around the world.

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