Browsers compared based on power consumption
Microsoft has staked an interesting claim regarding Internet Explorer 9, essentially labeling it the greenest browser. In an IEBlog post, the company graphed results from power consumption tests using IE9, Chrome 10, Firefox 4, Opera 11 and Safari 5. The first three browsers showed close numbers on an idle system, however IE9 achieved the lowest wattage when visiting a news site and running HTML5 applications.
IE9 set for official release on Monday
Microsoft used a tweet to confirm that its Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate is not affected by the browser vulnerabilities used in the Pwn2Own contest to hack IE8. IE8 was hacked using an exploit devised by Stephen Fewer of Harmony Security. Fewer's code circumvented IE8's Protected Mode which is actually supposed to isolate the browser from the OS to stop such attacks.
Final version rumored to be set for Jan. 28 launch
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 browser has reportedly surpassed 20 million downloads while still in beta development, according to numbers published by Net Applications. IE product marketing director Roger Capriotti also suggests IE8 jumped from 24 percent market share in 2009 to 33 percent in 2010, though the surge in popularity was mostly explained by users updating from IE6 and 7.
Mozilla to bring WebM support to Firefox 4
Mozilla is bringing the WebM video codec to the next build of its web browser, Firefox 4. According to the company's Robert O'Callahan, the issues revolving around making the codec licensing compatible with open-source licensing type GPL have been resolved. The WebM video format is based on the VP8 video codec, which was acquired by Google in 2009 and is a purportedly royalty-free alternative to H.264 for HTML5 video.