Within the next few weeks, we’re going to be making several changes to the browsers we support in BrowserLab.
In our next release, coming in December 2010, we’re going to be adding support for 3 new browsers:
- Firefox 4 beta (Windows)
- Internet Explorer 9 beta (Windows)
- Google Chrome 7 (Windows)
Update December 2, 2010: BrowserLab 1.5.2 is now live, and contains the above browsers.
We’re also going to be removing some older browsers:
- Firefox 2 (OS X)
- Firefox 2 (Windows)
- Safari 3 (OS X)
These changes are pretty significant and represent a couple of firsts for us. It will be the first time we’ve removed any older browsers. And it is also the first time that we’ve ever added support for beta versions of new browsers. Going forward, we intend to bring newer, relevant browsers to you sooner than we have in the past. And of course, once the browsers are no longer beta, we’ll be updating them to the shipping version as soon as we can.
Our BrowserLab browsers all have the Adobe Flash Player installed, and otherwise are left in their default factory install configurations. We believe that this is the way most users run their browsers, and will provide you with a testing environment that is most likely to simulate real world situations. If you ever need to know the exact version of the browsers we’re running, in the BrowserLab client, choose Help > About to see version information for our Client, the Flash Player, and each browser.
To help us make decisions on when and whether we add support for a browser, there are several factors that come into play. We look at several statistical sources to gauge market share/usage of browsers. In some cases we also reach out to the browser vendors and make attempts to work with them to provide the best experience in BrowserLab. And of course we balance these with the other priorities for how we invest our engineers’ time in the product.
In addition to the new browsers listed above, we are working on some additional new browser support, and plan to deliver another new release early in 2011.
Do you have questions about our browsers? Go ahead and ask in the comments, and we’ll do our best to provide answers.
Adobe BrowserLab product manager