Friday, February 27, 2015

Update: Superfish and Maxthon

By Maxthon Web Browsers

Dear Friend of Maxthon,

 This note is an update on Superfish, how it works, its relationship to Maxthon browsers and what we are doing to mitigate any issues related to it.  Our engineering team has spent a good bit of time examining Superifsh and  how it interacts with Maxthon.

Here is what we learned.

Superfish is malvertising software that Lenovo pro-actively pre-installed on several consumer PC product lines in 2013 and 2014. Its purpose is to control part of your web browsing and serve you advertising. It is designed to intercept all encrypted connections, things it shouldn’t be able to see. Superfish accomplishes this in an insecure way that leaves the system open to hackers or NSA-style spies. For example, it can spy on your private bank connections.

 The function that intercepts and replaces encrypted connections within Superfish is known as a “SSL hijacker,” Specifically the Komodia Redirector with SSL Digestor.  This SSL hijacker was created by an Israeli company called Komodia. An SSL hijacker opens up a HUGE security hole — effectively creating a ‘man in the middle’ attack on your machine. Superfish uses this hole to install its own root CA certificate in your Windows system. From that point on Superfish intercepts each SSL site certificate and swaps it out with a copy of its own that allows access to serve ads. SuperFish’s advertising works by injecting JavaScript code into web-pages. This can wreak havoc with websites, breaking them.

Even if you don’t have a Lenovo consumer PC your PC might have this vulnerability because Komodia sold this technology to other malware companies including:

  • Atom Security
  • Infoweise
  • Komodia (KeepMyFamilySecure)
  • Kurupira (Webfilter)
  • Lavasoft (Ad-Aware Web Companion)
  • Qustodia and Websecure LTD (Easy Hide IP Classic)

Now, Only the traffic from the browser to the SuperFish internal proxy uses the website’s certificate. The traffic on the Internet still uses the normal website’s certificate, so we can’t tell if a machine is infected by SuperFish by looking at this traffic.

However, SuperFish makes queries to additional webpages to download JavaScript. 

And this is where Maxthon enters the picture.  

Due to the way we handle javascript requests in our browser, Maxthon’s PC browser unintentionally triggers a false positive on the Superfish test. In most cases running the test on other browsers on your system will not. If you find yourself in a position where Maxthon is said to be insecure  and Chrome (on the same machine) is not, do not worry.  If you get positives from all browsers, you likely have Superfish.

To repeat: the way Maxthon browsers retrieve javascript can trigger a false positive during a Superfish detection test saying your system is at risk.  Even though our browsers remain as secure as the best in the industry, we recognize the severity of this bug and have elevated it to the top of the line – P1 importance.

We are working on a fix for it as we speak and will update all affected browsers via a required browser update when complete.

In the meantime, if you have not already, please take a couple of minutes to test your Windows PC for the presence of Superfish.  Use the link for a simple and fast test.

https://filippo.io/Badfish/

If you do determine you have Superfish, you will need to both uninstall the .exe AND manually remove the bogus CA certificate.  This link will show you how remove it completely.

https://filippo.io/Badfish/removing.html

Thank-you for your continued support of Maxthon.  We’ll keep you informed of any changes.

-Team Maxthon

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Maxthon Cloud Browser V4.4.4.2000 with AdBlock Plus is officially released!

By Maxthon Web Browsers

Hello everyone,

It’s time to celebrate!

After a long time without a final version launch , today we are super happy to deliver you a Final version 4.4.4.2000 .

This final version addressed many problems, such as one core crash  problem, fixed login problem in session window, YouTube video slowness, security issue with extension center and so on.

Maxthon team is working hard and more new versions are currently underway and we look forward to sharing them with you soon Please download the latest version of Maxthon for your Windows.
Appreciate your great continuous support! Enjoy! 

Downloads: 

Install Version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/mx4.4.4.2000.exe
MD5: 2d0e88eaccabde05b1a4438895c718cf
Portable Version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/maxthon_portable_4.4.4.2000.7z
MD5:389efbc2cca2f96eedf106600ee8d100

 

Changelog for 4.4.4.2000 [2015-02-10]:

Optimizations:
[Main Frame]
+Indivudually display Custom filtering rules for pages
+Supported Security Alliance list certificate
+Optimization of Adhunter Menu Style when  Ad-Hunter is disabled
+Optimized ad-filters sharing
+Adblock Plus icon with ads filtering count
+Optimization of Adblock Plus Notication Style
+Support of Acceptable Ads, Allow Non-invasive Advertising

[Webkit Core]
+Support of Top level domain
+Optimized Pop-up blocking

Fixes:

[Main Frame]
Quick Access data reset issue
Filter rules being downloaded when ad-hunter is not enabled
“Subscription Rules Title” display issue.
Possible to add non domain name to filtering white list
When not maximized, the filter tip is not in the right position
Tool bar icons appear transparent
In some languages some Account panel parts are not completely displayed
Setting center security problem
One security issue in Extensions center

[Webkit Core]
Fixed one Flash filtering mistake
Fixed on core crash problem
Youtube video loading speed is slow
3D display effect problem on some websites
Unble to log into Session window under some specific conditions
When maximizing or minimizing a page on touck screen devices, the status bar value doesn’t change
Fixed page disorder problem when using Touch screen zoom and using ctrl+scroll.
On Touch screen devices touch scroll is not effextive on PDF Preview page and Multi-Frame pages
Under High DPI, Certicates and Certificates error dialogs Height and Size

Changelog for 4.4.4.1200Beta [2015-02-04]:

Optimizations:
[Main Frame]
+Indivudually display Custom filtering rules for pages
+Supported Security Alliance list certificate
+Optimization of Menu Style while Ad-Hunter is disabled
+Optimized ad-filters sharing
+Adblock Plus icon with ads filtering count
+Optimization of Adblock Plus Notication Style
+Support of Acceptable Ads, Allow Non-invasive Advertising

[Webkit Core]
+Support of Top level domain
+Optimized Pop-up blocking

Fixes:
[Main Frame]
Quick Access data reset issue
Filter rules being downloaded when ad-hunter is not enabled
“Subscription Rules Title” display issue.
Possible to add non domain name to filtering white list
When not maximized, the filter tip is not in the right position
Tool bar icons appear transparent
In some languages some Account panel parts are not completely displayed
Setting center security problem
One security issue in Extensions center

[Webkit Core]
Fixed one Flash filtering mistake
Youtube video loading speed is slow
Some websites 3D display effect problem
Unble to log into Session window under some specific conditions
When maximizing or minimizing a page on touck screen devices, the status bar value doesn’t change
On Touch screen devices touch scroll is not effextive on PDF Preview page and Multi-Frame pages
Under High DPI, Certicates and Certificates error dialogs Height and Size

Changelog for 4.4.4.600Beta [2014-12-30]:

New Features:
+ Ad-block Plus

 

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Maxthon Cloud Browser for Windows V4.4.4.1200 Beta is Released!

By Maxthon Web Browsers

Today, we have a beta version 4.4.4.1200Beta  available for you to try out . 


This beta version mainly focused on some features optimizations and on fixes of quite many bugs as detailed in the changelog.

Please try it out and any comments from you will be warmly welcome.
Appreciate your great support!
Enjoy!  

Downloads:

Install Version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/mx4.4.4.1200-beta.exe
MD5: 3c6dd0e539a9a9555ed89613a39f3dbf
Portable Version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/maxthon_portable_4.4.4.1200-beta.7z
MD5: a2dd82ed2c96ade329582dfcec64ec05

Changelog for 4.4.4.1200Beta [2015-02-04]:

Optimizations: 
[Main Frame]
+Indivudually display Custom filtering rules for pages
+Supported Security Alliance list certificate
+Optimization of Menu Style for Disabled Ad-Hunter
+Optimized ad-filters sharing
+Adblock Plus icon with ads filtering count
+Optimization of Adblock Plus Notication Style
+Support of Acceptable Ads, Allow Non-invasive Advertising

[Webkit Core]
+Support of Top level domain
+Optimized Pop-up blocking

Fixes:

[Main Frame]
Quick Access data reset issue
Filter rules being downloaded when ad-hunter is not enabled
“Subscription Rules Title” display issue.
Possible to add non domain name to filtering white list
When not maximized, the filter tip is not in the right position
Tool bar icons appear transparent
In some languages some Account panel parts are not completely displayed
Setting center security problem
One security issue in Extensions center

[Webkit Core]
Fixed one Flash filtering mistake
Youtube video loading speed is slow
Some websites 3D display effect problem
Unble to log into Session window under some specific conditions
When maximizing or minimizing a page on touck screen devices, the status bar value doesn’t change
On Touch screen devices touch scroll is not effextive on PDF Preview page and Multi-Frame pages
Under High DPI, Certicates and Certificates error dialogs Height and Size

 

Please, let us know what you think!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Why we called it Nitro

By Maxthon Web Browsers

Naming a new product is always fun.  This was especially true on the Maxthon Nitro web browser project.  As we posted the other day http://www.maxthon.com/blog/nitro-speed-you-can-see-with-your-own-eyes/ our goals around Nitrous were simple to describe and the opposite to engineer: we wanted to create a stripped-down PC web browser that launched, fetched and loaded pages faster than anything out there.

This wasn’t easy considering that our flagship product, the Maxthon Cloud Browser (Mx4), was already a hair faster than the fastest out there — Google Chrome.   Nonetheless, the team set to it and proceeded to do the impossible. (If you haven’t tried it out yet you can download Nitro here.)  We soon reached the point where we had to come up with a permanent name.

In the early, pre-alpha to early beta stages, our working title for the browser was ‘Maxthon Lightning.’  That’s a good name, but even a cursory search of web browsers out there returned not one but two lightning web browsers already in existence. Both of them are bad and we didn’t want to align with that or add to the confusion.

We kept searching and ended up discovering a trove of poorly-implemented, 3rd and 4th party web browsers that were named after every fast noun or adjective you could think of: animals, electrical things, explosions, etc…etc…etc…

And then one day the perfect name hit us: Nitro. As in nitrous oxide.  Those of you who’ve watched the ‘Fast and Furious’ movies are familiar with what nitrous oxide does to a car’s performance: it speeds up the already fast to go wicked fast.  Here’s how they guys at autogearhead.com describe it:

What is Nitrous? Simply put, Nitrous (N2O) creates large amounts of horsepower by creating more oxygen in the engines combustion chamber while simultaneously introducing additional fuel. The added oxygen allows the additional fuel to burn which creates increased horsepower for short bursts of torque and speed.

In applications for vehicle racing, nitrous oxide (often referred to as just “nitrous”) allows the engine to burn more fuel by providing more oxygen than air alone, resulting in a more powerful combustion.

That’s what Maxthon Nitro does — speeds up the already-fast to wicked-fast. The analogue works quite well for the Maxthon Nitro web browser in 4 ways.

Oxygen —> Oxygen is the pre-existing element in automobile combustion, elemental and required. For our browser analogue, oxygen in engines is like a rendering engine (webkit) in web browsers. Just as nitrous oxide pushes a bunch of extra oxygen into the engine, so does the work we’ve done to make webkit faster for Nitro.

New fuel —> In the car context, we’re talking about additional nitrogen.  In the Maxthon Nitro analogue the additional ‘performance fuel’ is the work we’ve done to close and otherwise tighten up and remove background features and processes in the web browser, which results in faster times across the board.

Additional strength —> For cars, the big problem with nitrous is that it adds so MUCH power it can destroy the engine; like blow out cylinder walls or melt pistons.This requires adding more bulk to the engine to enable it to withstand the additional explosive force. In the Maxthon Nitro analogue the ‘additional strength’ comes in the form of our team doing much, much more to engineer stability into the Nitro browser. It has the lowest crash rate of any of our PC browsers.

So what’s the fourth way? It is in the relationship nitrous oxide has to a car engine.  Nitrous oxide is a unique and out-of-the-box way to generate massive horsepower without fundamentally changing how a combustion engine works.  That’s very analogous to how we approached Maxthon Nitro. We didn’t fundamentally change the architecture of the web browser — just found out of the box ways to make it go faster.

All in all, it’s a great name for an even greater product. Hope you like it. :)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Live Chat with VP Karl Mattson Highlights

By Maxthon Web Browsers

WEDNESDAY JAN. 21st 11 AM

Alrighty…I’m going to start with this one.

What is the future RSS reader and SkyNote built in Maxthon Browser? Are these services will be further developed? Are there any specific plans? Skynote application was not updated since March 2012, is it going to change?

We will be doing sporadic, light updates of the RSS reader to maintain the feature, as with Skynote.  Right now we have no plans to do much more to SkyNote other than to keep it updated and working.

What is the future Maxthon Kid Safe Web Browser? Does it receive some updates in the near future?

We are currently considering a major update to the Kid Safe Web browser to make it more useful as a mobile app. The plan is to take it beyond just the browser. Can’t say much more than that.  Working out the timing and details of that project as we speak.

Why Poland is constantly ignored by the team Maxthon? Why Home Maxthon.com still does not support the Polish language?

I wouldn’t say Poland is constantly ignored by Maxthon. Our Polish customers have created a very vibrant and active community.  Localizing the news pages is something we will be doing more of in 2015 — starting with an updated Russian start page — and then the UK.

Kind of like fast.maxthon.com and usa.maxthon.com/nitro … When he lived to see the Polish language?

Localizing start page is something we are beginning to do much more of  – it’s a function of time, # of potential users and resources — as you probably know.

Whether and when to move Maxthon Nitro translation?

Nitro just officially launched. We will be localizing it into more languages as the weeks progress.

And finally, the last question: What plans do you have for the current year in terms of Maxthon Browser and other services?

The current year is one of fairly significant change for Maxthon. We will continue to update and improve our browsers but will also be exploring the creation of separate apps — including games.  Look for some cool new products coming out in the next couple of months. Some have been in development since Q2 of last year.

Is the current year will be just as exciting as the previous?

All I can say is, If you thought last year was exciting 2015 will be more so…

PS: One more question, more a curiosity. What actually keeps the company Maxthon, since almost all services gives us for free? What brings you the most profit? What now is the state of your finances?

Great question — and one I get all of the time.  Regarding how we make our money, Maxthon is like all other browser companies — we have partnerships with major search engines that drive traffic to the engines. In return for driving search queries we get a certain amount of money (different by country) for a 1000 queries sent to the search engine.  We have partnerships with Google, Baidu and Yandex.   That’s a big part of our overall revenue. But it isn’t the only part. In fact, we have diversified our revenue into other streams – including profitable web portals.  www.maxthon.cn works like ‘yahoo.com’ — the content and e-commerce partnerships drive revenue.  Also, we have moved more aggressively into games as a business, which also helps. To sum up, Maxthon’s finances are great.  We have several, active and growing sources of revenue and spend our money conservatively.  The company is solidly positioning to grow as mobile grows.

Hello Karl, We in the Linux community are wondering where development stands with Maxthon for Linux.  Some of us are concerned that development for Maxthon’s Linux browser might have stopped.  Needless to say, we’re hoping this is not the case. Are there any insights you might like to share with us who prefer using Maxthon Cloud Browser for Linux?

Hi — First, thank-you for using our Linux product. You are correct, Linux development has slowed.  We haven’t yet gotten much traction on that plaform re: users. As such we’ve scaled back update frequency.  It’s a software chicken/egg conundrum – hard to justify resources if the users aren’t there and growing — but it’s hard to get users without adding more value to the product.   Having said that, we will keep the linux product stable and current.  We will also do some digging to get a more detailed understanding of upcoming linux updates.

I would like to know what is the status of development for the Windows Phone application.  Last version on the Windows Phone Store is from 09/15/2014.  As a Global Moderator, some of the functions I use produce an error and the Dev’s have been notified a number of times, yet nothing is done to rectify the problem.  Has development for Windows Phone also stopped?

Development for Windows Phone has not stopped, we are simply looking for a new product manager to drive that platform.

Can someone please get onto the dev team about making the UI a cohesive experience. Almost everything has it’s own style dialog. See this thread for more details. Is it possible to have someone spend a little bit of time just cleaning things up, update some icons, consolidate the dialog/tab/chrome types to one style.

Well, first off, the dev team does not do the UI/UX of the browser, our product managers and designers do.  Good news though, throughout 2015 we will be implementing more of Google’s ‘material design’ guidelines in our products. That will standardize the experience a bit more.

Any details on the updated extensions system that BugSir007 hinted at here?

No updates on that.  As I mentioned at the time, I strongly think we should be investing in making our entire extension effort more robust. It’s a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned. But that decision is also not mine.

What’s going on with the talk of being “more proactive about WHY a specific feature is not in the browser”. I think it’s fair to say that hasn’t been the case. The general response is “thank you for your request, we’ll pass it on to the team…” and it will never be discussed again till someone post about it again.

We can’t do every feature request, as you well know.  We can do a better job about informing why. In most cases the decision is a combination of, ‘that’s more time-consuming than one might think to implement and, of our millions of monthly users, only 3 people have requested it.

Any update on a universal store app for Windows, especially now with win 10 around the corner?

We’re taking a wait and see on that question.

Any update on creating a web portal/micro site for skin/extension developers?

No update.

What is your take on Microsoft introducing a new browser using a forked version of Trident to be released alongside Windows 10?

My take is that Microsoft, following the lead of Maxthon, realized there was a real market need for a stripped-down, minimalist browser. The timing is pretty uncanny. (See this blog post – http://www.maxthon.com/blog/nitr … with-your-own-eyes/) My guess is the bigger thing driving it was that to add support for things like Cortana, offline reading and the page annotation, it was easier to start from scratch than wrestle with IE’s bloated code base — and fix a few long-standing problems from IE at the same time.

Given the lack of updates of Maxthon on a number of platforms, in hindsight do you think it was a mistake using resources to create these versions that may have been better utilised on bug fixing/tweaking/adding features for MX for PC/Android?

Hindsight is always 20/20, but we do not think it was a mistake to branch into different platforms. The key metrics that drives our decision-making around resource allocation to any one platform are:  # of DAU/MAUs; uninstall rate and crash rate.   For both PC and Android, MAUs continue to go up while the uninstall rate has remained low (and within what we could call normal. And, the crash rate has actually gone done for both platforms. Also, the resources required to add new platforms did not come from either our Android or PC teams. The question of adding new features remains balance between user-desire/usage rate of the proposed feature against any performance or stability hit adding such feature generates. Unlike the old days, we are a lot more careful and judicious regarding adding new features to any of our browsers — mainly because we don’t want to impact performance.  We do that because every user test, survey and in-person test we do tells us the same #1 priority — make the browser as fast and stable as possible.

Anything you can tease about upcoming features etc that users might have to look forward to?

Well, you’re probably aware of the new PC and now Android versions of Maxthon coming with ADBlock Plus integration.  Our own Ad Hunter is pretty good, but Ad Block Plus is the best, most comprehensive and most globally supported, ad block solution on the web, We’re excited about that. We also have a new Android browser that we will release in Alpha form later this week. I spent a good hour pounding on it yesterday — it’s slick, performs well and is really easy to use on an Android device.

When will be translated registration process in the Maxthon Passport to another languages?

Can’t give you and exact date but know that we are pushing hard to do it this year.

Can you make new build with updated languages for Maxthon for Linux (you forgot update languages in the last version) and Maxthon Kid Safe Web Browser?

Yes. We will look into that and get back to you.

 

If you have any questions, leave them in comments section, we will be more than happy to answer them!

 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Maxthon Nitro: how it all started

By Maxthon Web Browsers
Here, at Maxthon’s San Francisco office, when we saw this: http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-is-building-a-new-browser-as-part-of-its-windows-10-push/  we did a double take. That was the second major browser company touting a ‘lighter, simpler and more minimalist browser’ project in less than 6 months. The first was Mozilla, leaked in August just after Chris Beard was named its new CEO.  Here’s a link to a cache-d version of their blog that was unpublished within 24 hours of it being published on August 7, 2014. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:bmtHpXU_mXIJ:https://blog.mozilla.org/verdi/463/lightspeed-a-browser-experiment/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=aff-maxthon-newtab
Let’s check and see who started what first…
Maxthon —> ‘Nitro’, started in March of 2014
Mozilla —>  ‘Lightspeed’ started in July of 2014
Microsoft —> ‘Spartan,’ started Fall of 2014.

Yep. Mozilla and Microsoft are copying Maxthon. We started the lightweight/spartan browser trend. In March of 2014 we kicked off a project to create a *very* lightweight browser with minimal feature set and SUPER performance.  We knew that if we simplified the UX load and all of the processes that needed to exist to support skins, plug-ins and tons of other features we could make the core speed faster. In a March 21, 2014 email one of our engineers summarized the concept of Nitro to me this way, “It will not be feature rich, in fact, I would go as far as it is “bare” minimum. What it lacks in feature set size will be made up for in:

start-up speed
fetching
rendering speed and stability.”

This is an important distinction to remember.  To reap gains in start-up time, page fetching and rendering and stability something had to give. And that something was a large list of features and tools. Things like the screenshot utility, split-screen, cloud services and add ons. All of these come with a significant performance and stability hit. But, we were OK with it — as we knew from looking at our detailed user data pool that *most* web browser users do NOT use most of the features. We mention this now because as the more traditional Maxthon users discover Nitro, the more they are asking for the favorite features to be added.  You can’t have all of that super speed without sacrificing some of your favorite features.  (Even Chrome acknowledges that limitation.) Here’s a very short side-by-side to help you decide which version of our PC browsers to use and why…

If you want… Maxthon Nitro Maxthon 4 Cloud Browser
Fastest start-up time X
Fastest page rendering X
Smartest caching and pre-fetching X
Minimalist UX X
Cross Platform Cloud Services X
Add-ons/Plug-ins X
Screenshot capture X
Mx Notes X

Bottom line, if you’re the sort of browser consumer who likes to customize, tinker and use a combination of skins and add-ons, Nitro was not made for you.  You should stick to Maxthon 4 — our Cloud Browser.  It’s feature rich, cross-platform and still incredibly fast. BUT – if you’re a more minimalist browser user you should give Nitro a try.  It’s so clean and fast you sometimes forget you’re browsing the web. It feels almost like you’re looking at locally-hosted webpages. Having said that, you can bet that, as we have before ,we are now looking at Nitro and seeing which of our most popular features we may be able to add back to Nitro without sacrificing any of its speed.

Stay Tuned!

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The latest version of Maxthon Nitro is available today!

By Maxthon Web Browsers

We are happy to announce Maxthon Nitro Version 1.0.0.3000.

It’s a patch version of Maxthon Nitro 1.0.0.2000. Most crash issues were resolved to stabilty and rendering speed.

Downloads:

Installer version:

http://dl.maxthon.com/mxnitro/mx_nitro_1.0.0.3000_492955e8120038c4026da698bc76fe8b.exe

Portable version:

http://dl.maxthon.com/mxnitro/mx_nitro_1.0.0.3000_a784899cdc08c27f79fe11646a2ba5ec.zip

Try it out and let us know what you think!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

2015 Browser Wars: Yahoo’s Slimy Web Browser ‘Upgrade’ Ruse

By Maxthon Web Browsers

All that’s old is new again.  Over the holidays we got not one, but three signs that the browser wars are alive and well in 2015.  They appear to be in one of their cyclical, heating-up phases. Today we’ll focus on how Yahoo, Mozilla, and Google are prompting users with false upgrade warnings to switch browsers in what amounts to a forced upgrade. A term in the new Yahoo/Mozilla deal is the not so subtle effort Yahoo is now making to goad their email users into tossing whatever browser they currently use and upgrade to Firefox.  Google is doing something similar for different strategic reasons.  Each (Yahoo and Google) is pressuring their webmail user base to move over to either Chrome or Firefox by reading what’s known as the web user’s browser user agent string and then prompting them with a conditionally-surfaced upgrade warning that implies that things won’t work right unless said user switches browsers. (The user agent string is  a piece of code that identifies a browser by its type.)  When someone using a browser that isn’t Firefox  for Yahoo email they trigger an update pushdown message.  Google web product users get something that looks like the image below.  (Google products mistakenly identify Maxthon as a version of Chrome because both browsers use Webkit as a rendering engine.)

This is the kind of user mail we started receiving the day Yahoo implemented the Firefox ‘forced upgrade.’

“Since purchasing a new laptop with Windows 8.1, I am not able to use enhanced Yahoo email using Maxthon. I keep getting a message saying I am using an unsupported browser, and instructions to download Firefox. 
I am a big fan of Maxthon and have been using it for over 9 years. But the above is an issue I need to get resolved…Yahoo keeps taking me back to Basic Mail which has no features at all.”

Let’s get one thing straight: there is no technical reason you should have to use Firefox to use the new Yahoo email.  Nor do you need a ‘supported’ browser like Chrome to use Google’s web products.  In a word, all of that ‘you need to upgrade to a supported browser‘ messaging is bullshit. It has nothing to do with technology.

Maxthon uses the same open source rendering and javascript engine code base that just about every other web browser also uses: WebKit and V8.  However, that’s not what Yahoo and Google would have you believe. In Yahoo’s case, they are proactively redirecting you to their older webmail product to FORCE you to upgrade and use Firefox. (As our 9 year customer laments…It’s either upgrade to Firefox or not be able to use the new Yahoo mail. ) It has been interesting to watch both Yahoo and Google wise up and start using this tactic but it’s not hard for anyone in the industry to understand why. Yahoo’s growth has been stagnant and slipping for years. It hasn’t weathered the shift to mobile and apps well.  In a world of apps and mobile, Yahoo remains a big bunch of noisy, over-stuffed websites. Google, certainly far from desperate :) ,  is trying to solve a slightly different problem: unifying the experience behind a single login to be able to cross promote better. After years of fumbling around with silo-ed web products, each company finally awakened to the fact that to survive (Yahoo) and continue growing (Google) they needed to knit together their product ecosystems into a walled garden. Monkeying with browser upgrades and support is a key tool in that effort. In Yahoo’s case they’re likely getting a monetary bounty for every Firefox conversion they drive. (Or the activations offset what Yahoo has to pay Mozilla for all of the search traffic driven by Firefox.) Probably both. Probably tiered in some way.  In Google, they are growing Chrome — which gets them closer to a reality where they can drive all of the PPC and search advertising they require through their own products and thus not need to pay any search/ppc referral partners.   This ‘unsupported browser’ smokescreen is a key part of keeping those efforts on the down/low. And here’s where history repeats itself. The messaging Yahoo and Google are using with these upgrades is essentially the same argument used by Microsoft in its defense of the Netscape anti-trust suit in the late 90s.  “We have to make IE the default browser – it’s totally interwoven with the Windows operating system!  Things won’t work right if they use something other than IE. ” Ironic that Mozilla is now party to the same tactic its ‘father’ — Netscape —  labelled as unfair and anti-competitive. Those of you who are old enough to remember the DoJs’ anti-trust suit remember the crocodile tears were thick, thick, thick from Microsoft and Netscape … Next time: Microsoft’s browser strategy is far from dead…It’s baaaaaack! :)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Nitro Web Browsers’ Next BIG Steps

By Maxthon Web Browsers

Hey guys!

As we move closer to the first FINAL release of Nitro Web Browser, we are looking for a group of people who may be interested in participating in the beta program. First step is to fill out >>THIS<< survey.

We will follow up with users who are interested with next steps.

Let me know if you have any questions below and thanks for all your support!

Cheers,

Maxthon

Friday, November 14, 2014

HTML5 Fixes and Optimizations in v4.4.3.2000 for PC!

By Maxthon Web Browsers

Today, we are happy to let you know that Maxthon Version 4.4.3.2000 is available for you to try!

In this version, some bugs like HTML5 videos playback problem, HTML5 file download problem, and the address bar have been optimized

Please try out this final version and let us know what you think.

Downloads:

Installer version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/mx4.4.3.2000.exe
MD5: 0dcb91d957ed5407dd40b0ea77e5b410

Portable version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/maxthon_portable_4.4.3.2000.7z
MD5: 65ff9d595b93ebc2b74edfb9a86b6d59

Changelog for 4.4.3.2000[2014-11-14]

Optimizations:
-Optimized Address bar

Fixes:
*Address bar crash
*Some HTML5 Videos playback problems
*Support of HTML5 file download

Changelog for 4.4.3.1000 [2014-11-7]

New features:
Feature guidence center on start up.

Fixes:
*Sometimes switching Languages Spell check is not effective.
*Spell check does not work for some languages.
*Fixed two XSS leaks.
*Webkit core does not support document.load sufficiently.
*Optimized form error notification.
*Optimized the support of download file names with special characters.

Changelog for 4.4.3.800Beta [2014-10-23]:

New Features:
+Screenshot feature guidence
+Hints to some features in Settings page
+Importing bookmarks from file/Folder supports create New Folder/ Clear Bookmarks

Optimizations :
-Optimized Quick access resources

Fixes:
*Cloud push- to share with friends can not identify phone number 170
*Unable to delete more than 20 set Homepages

Changelog for 4.4.3.600Beta [2014-09-25]:

New Features:
+Maxthon features guidence
+Tool bar Little Red Dot notification

Optimizations :
-Optimized Quick access resources

Fixes:
*Unable to log into iCloud
*With a high DPI, the browser zoom would present some Webpage display anomalies when the zoom is set to 100%
*After switching user account, the account panel would still display the previous account information.

To better and more efficiently solve the problems you meet during the usage, for any suggestions or bug reports, we do hope you may go to ‘Product Support ‘ area and report/describe by a new separate thread for each problem/topic. We will read each thread and update the follow-up status then. Meanwhile, some problems are probably be left out if they are stated in other thread.
Thanks very much for your cooperation!