Firefox 3 Beta 2 hits in time for the holidays; Microsoft queues up IE 8 beta for first half '08.
And, the Mozilla folks behind Firefox last week also started talking about a new project, called Weave, to make it easier for developers to build dynamic applications and for users to control their personal data.
The goal is to furnish a set of basic, optional Mozilla-hosted online services and make sure people can set up their own services using open-standards tools, according to the Web site. The organization wants to demonstrate a "consistent model" for users who want to open up their browser metadata to friends and third-party applications. And, Mozilla.org wants to enable such sharing while also protecting privacy -- using client-side encryption by default but allowing the user to delegate and control access rights. More on Weave here.
Microsoft retains market share leadership with upwards of 75 or 80 percent share depending on the researcher and methodology but Firefox continues to make strides. As of November of this year, IE weighed in with 77.35 percent browser share compared to 16.01 percent for Firefox and 5.14 percent for Safari. according to Net Applications. Opera and Netscape accounted for 0.65 percent and 0.60 percent respectively. That showed some movement from the year-ago figures which pegged IE at 80.71 percent and Firefox at 13.52 percent. Safari was 4.03 percent and Netscape at 0.85 percent.