Archive for November, 2010

On Browser support, and some coming changes

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.

Bruce Bowman
Adobe BrowserLab product manager
twitter: @brucebowman

Welcome to the BrowserLab team blog!

Hello!

I’m Bruce Bowman, product manager for Adobe BrowserLab. Welcome to our new BrowserLab Team blog!

The team has been looking forward to starting this blog, and hopes it will allow us to engage more fully with BrowserLab’s users. We’re planning to post regularly on all sorts of topics, ranging from announcements, to technical information, best practices and tips on how to use BrowserLab most efficiently, and how to work around bugs or other limitations.

We’ve been busy recently, creating new features, new videos, and presenting BrowserLab sessions at MAX. We’re also about ready to launch a new BrowserLab Prerelease program.

To check out some of the newest features, take a look at these AdobeTV videos:
http://tv.adobe.com/product/adobe-browserlab/ (average length 3-8 minutes)

MAX 2010 BrowserLab session recordings:
Get Hands On Adobe BrowserLab To Check Your Websites for Cross-Browser Compatibility. (55 minutes, presented by Kristin Long)
Simplifying Cross-Browser Testing With BrowserLab (56 minutes, presented by BrowserLab engineers Mark Rausch and Josh Hatwich)

And if you are a Firebug user, be sure to check out our new BrowserLab for Firebug extension:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/231196/

If you haven’t tried BrowserLab, we hope you’ll give it a try. We’re confident that you’ll save time, money, and be delighted with how easy it is to test for cross-browser compatibility. You can find BrowserLab online at http://browserlab.adobe.com. An AdobeID is required to sign in. (It’s free, quick and easy to create an AdobeID if you don’t already have one.)

On behalf of the whole team, thanks for checking us out – we look forward to sharing and interacting with you on this blog.

Bruce Bowman
Adobe BrowserLab product manager
twitter: @brucebowman