Saturday, May 15, 2010

Google Chrome and Firefox both Update for Developers

Yesterday, I posted a brief tweet about the latest update to Google's Chrome Web Browser.

Released in the 'dev channel', Chrome has now reached Version 6 and is not only quick, but VERY stable so far (on tests using several PCs al running Windows 7 Professional).

The update had been expected for well over a month but went live somewhat quietly on Thursday.

Recent reports show that Chrome is continuing to grow market share against Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla's Firefox and Apple's Safari (among others).

Earlier today, Firefox released what could be considered a significant update in their Beta channel .. now .... Firefox 3.6.4 Build 4.

The release comes just 11 days after the most recent 'Build 3'.

The new release addresses potential crashes when using plug-ins such as Apple Quicktime, Adobe Flash, and Microsoft Silverlight.  Numerous other stability and security fixes were added as well.

While the 'stable' version of Firefox remains at 3.6.3 on the main Firefox download page, it appears Mozilla is addressing ongoing concerns, not only about Firefox (and crashing on some systems) but also plug-in worries in general, (possibly even challenging Apple's outright refusal to incorporate Adobe Flash ?!).

Note: No response to numerous e-mails for comment earlier today.

Beta testers can find the new Firefox 3.6.4 Beta Build 4 for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows in a variety of languages just posted here.