Last week we posted our Browser Face-Off: Battery Life Explored 2014, where the battery run down times of Firefox 31, IE11 Desktop, IE11 Modern, Chrome 36, and Chrome 37 beta were tested on Windows. We used GUI automation to open browsers, tabs, and visit websites to simulate a real user in a light reading pattern. The article answered a lot of questions about popular browser battery life on Windows, but it raised additional questions as well. Chrome 36 tested with the best battery life, but was the only browser that did not render correctly at 3200x1800 due to lack of HiDPI support. In the Chrome 37 beta, HiDPI support improved rendering but also took a 25% dive in battery life tying it for last place...

Browser Face-Off: Battery Life Explored 2014

It has been five years since we did a benchmark of the various web browsers and their effect on battery life, and a lot has changed. Our testing then...

104 by Stephen Barrett on 8/12/2014

Mobile IE Updates For Windows Phone

Only yesterday Microsoft officially announced the Windows Phone 8.1 Update and today some more details emerged about what is coming as part of the update. Internet Explorer was bumped...

17 by Brett Howse on 7/31/2014

Firefox 12 Released with Updated Updater

Mozilla has just released Firefox 12 to the release channel, six weeks after Firefox 11. Version 12's chief addition to the browser is a new auto-updater for Windows users...

25 by Andrew Cunningham on 4/24/2012

Chrome 18 Released to Stable Channel

Google Chrome 18 is working its way out to users' computers today after its release to the stable channel. As usual, the update brings a number of small feature...

12 by Andrew Cunningham on 3/30/2012

Google and Mozilla Working on Metro-Enabled Browsers, Opera May Follow Suit

Both Mozilla and Google have confirmed to various sources that they have begun (or are planning to begin) work on Metro-style versions of their Firefox and Chrome browsers for...

11 by Andrew Cunningham on 3/13/2012

Firefox 11 Due Today, Features Chrome Migration, Add-on Sync

Mozilla is due to release Firefox 11 to the stable channel today, and like every Firefox release since 4.0 the new version adds a handful of new features and...

25 by Andrew Cunningham on 3/13/2012

Google Chrome 17 Hits Stable Channel

It's been a busy week for Google Chrome - Google today posted Chrome 17 to the stable channel, two days after releasing the first Chrome beta for Android 4.0...

15 by Andrew Cunningham on 2/8/2012

Apple Releases OS X 10.7.3, Safari 5.1.3

Apple today released the OS X 10.7.3 update for the client and server versions of Lion - unlike 10.7.2, which introduced a major feature in iCloud, the 10.7.3 update...

9 by Andrew Cunningham on 2/1/2012

Firefox 10 Releases Today, Fixes Add-On Compatibility Issues

Firefox 10 is due to release today, continuing Mozilla's commitment to the six-week release cycle it switched to last year. As usual with these rapid-release browsers, Firefox 10 brings...

28 by Andrew Cunningham on 1/31/2012

Firefox 9 Released, Brings JavaScript Speed Improvements

Mozilla is in the process of pushing Firefox 9 out to users on its release channel, about six weeks after the release of Firefox 8. The major stated improvement...

34 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/21/2011

Microsoft To Begin Automatic IE Upgrades For Users

Microsoft announced today that for the first time it would automatically begin updating Windows users to the most recent browser version supported by their OS (IE8 for XP, IE...

23 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/15/2011

Google Chrome 16 Released

We've done this a couple of times before, so here's the short version: a new stable version of Chrome is out. As usual, it adds a notable feature and...

13 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/14/2011

Firefox 8.0 Released

Another six weeks have gone by, which means that it's time for a new Firefox release: Firefox 8.0 was moved to the stable release channel today, and it features...

38 by Andrew Cunningham on 11/8/2011

Chrome 15 Released to Stable Channel

Six weeks after the release of Chrome 14, Google today released Chrome 15.0.874.102 to the stable channel - current Chrome users should be getting it now or soon, and...

27 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/25/2011

Firefox 7.0 Released

Has it already been six weeks since Firefox 6.0 was released? Apparently so, since Firefox 7.0 has just been made available for Windows, OS X, and Linux users to...

23 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/27/2011

Google Chrome 14 Hits Stable Channel

Google Chrome 14 has just made the switch from the beta channel to the stable channel, meaning that the new update is quietly replacing Chrome 13 on many of...

18 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/16/2011

Firefox 6.0 Released

In keeping with its new accelerated release schedule, Mozilla released the stable version of Firefox 6.0 to Windows, Mac, and Linux users today, just over seven weeks after the...

31 by Andrew Cunningham on 8/16/2011

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