Windows 8 browsing – IE 10’s competition

Although Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 10 in two styles- the touch enabled Metro style and the common style found in all its predecessors, major browser vendors like Google and Mozilla are already releasing their products targeted towards Windows 8.

Their sole purpose is to provide a browsing experience that is not only richer but also faster, reliable, secure and visually appealing to end users.

Times are changing and new patterns are emerging in web usage. People no longer rely on their desktop or operating system to manage memory allocation and multitask.

The emergent browsers are capable of performing sophisticated functions analogous to an operating system.

HTML5 has local storage capability along with audio and other API, JavaScript has been optimized to offer improved performance, WebGL provides graphics pipeline, SVG and CSS allow generation of markup code independent of screen size and browser.

Google and Mozilla plan to welcome Windows 8 by considering the new age trends of web usage.

Google Chrome

Google has announced its latest venture Google Chrome Remote Desktop that will release in the form of beta available for end-user testing.

It will allow administrators in IT offices to remotely control and manage employee’s computers or access machines that are geographically dispersed.

The new Chrome browser allows remote access to another computer through a browser with the permission of both the parties using an access code. What is worth noting is that you can connect to a Linux computer through Google Chrome Remote Desktop installed on Windows.

The benefits include lower administration cost and improved management capabilities. Currently, access is granted to a set of users identified by the system when the present a one-time session based access code.

Working protocol of Google Chrome Remote Desktop

  • Uses peer-to-peer connection using Google p2p tools, which can include UDP, TCP or Google, relay.
  • Google P2P tools (libjingle) provide a secure SSL and reliable connection.
  • Data is framed and transmitted using Protobuf(Google’s protocols buffers software).
  • Graphics are encoded using Google video codec known as VP8.


Mozilla

Mozilla plans to release the latest version of Firefox targeted towards Windows 8. In the previous versions of Windows, Mozilla had an edge over Internet Explorer due to the large number of plugin applications that were built.

However, with the advent of Metro based Internet Explorer 10, Microsoft may have a competitive advantage.

The upcoming browser version of Mozilla is supposed to feature do-not-track technology that enables the end user to avoid behavioral targeting and geographically targeted advertisements.

Firefox will be released for Android platform in addition to Windows 8.

Mozilla has announced a project targeted towards open web platform known as B2G (Boot to Gecko) which focusses on merging the Gecko engine with Google Android. We may have a new competitor to the Windows 7.5 Phone if this merger is accomplished.

So far, a percentage of Mozilla’s earnings came from search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, Amazon and eBay.

However, with the advent of Google Chrome, there is a very good possibility that contract between Mozilla and Google may end.

Chrome for Windows 8 aspires to tie its services and apps more closely with the features offered by Windows 8 while Mozilla aims to make better plugins that may support Metro style.

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