Posts tagged "beta"

Release 1.5.3 adds Chrome 10, IE 9 & Firefox 4 RC

BrowserLab 1.5.3 is now live!

As part of our ongoing efforts to keep the browsers in BrowserLab current and relevant, we’ve released BrowserLab v1.5.3 today.  This release added Chrome 9 and 10 (Windows), Internet Explorer 9, and Firefox 4 RC (Windows). In addition, we’ve updated Safari to 5.0.4 (OS X).

When we do these kinds of releases, we also update our browser servers to include the latest system updates and security patches. The other notable change we made was to enable Font Smoothing on our Windows Server 2003 browser servers – now all of our browser servers have Font Smoothing enabled.

Tell a friend about BrowserLab! We need your help to raise awareness. In addition to this blog, there are a few ways to stay in touch with us:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/browserlab
Twitter: @adobebrowserlab, @brucebowman
BrowserLab User Forums: http://forums.adobe.com/community/cslive/browserlab

Next up: we’re working on more browser updates for OS X, as well as an update for our BrowserLab for Firebug extension so it will work with Firebug 1.7. You can expect these changes to come soon.

We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Bruce Bowman
Adobe BrowserLab product manager

BrowserLab and User Agent Strings

When visiting a web site, your browser provides a number of details about your system and browser version to the web servers via a user agent string. This information can be used by the web site to, among other things, provide browser specific content to you. The user agent string generally looks something like this:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.2; en-US; rv1.9.2) Gecko/20100115 Firefox/3.6

See What is a User Agent for a more detailed look at the individual components of the user agent string.

User Agents in BrowserLab

Most browsers have a single user agent string that they send based on the browser version and operating system. Additionally, the general policy within the BrowserLab service is to run the browsers in their default install states so as to best match the median user’s installation. This means that BrowserLab screenshots for most browsers will report the standard user agent.

However, both Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9 Beta include a ‘Compatibility View’ that will force the browser to report the Internet Explorer 7 user agent string and subsequently render the page as Internet Explorer 7 would.

Internet Explorer 7 user agent
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.2; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)

While Compatibility View is, by default, off in Internet Explorer 8, it may be enabled by default when you install Internet Explorer 9 Beta. For BrowserLab screenshots we explicity force Compatibility View to be off in both of these browsers, ensuring that these browsers receive and render content meant for Internet Explorer 8 and 9 Beta. The user agent strings that these browsers then send are:

Internet Explorer 8 user agent (Native)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 5.2; Trident 4.0; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)

Internet Exporer 9 Beta user agent (Native)
Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/5.0)

Would support for Compatibility View in Internet Explorer 8/9 Beta be useful to you within BrowserLab or is the equivalent rendering provided by Internet Explorer 7 sufficient? Is there other functionality related to user agent handling that you would like to see in BrowserLab?

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Matthew Johnson
Adobe BrowserLab Software Engineer

Release 1.5.2.2 adds Chrome 8 and an IE9 update

BrowserLab 1.5.2.2 is now live, and ready for you to use. In this version, we’ve added Google Chrome 8 for Windows, and an updated Internet Explorer 9 beta.

Have you told anyone about BrowserLab? We could use your help in raising awareness – please help us spread the word in the web community.

In addition to this blog, there are a a few ways to stay in touch with us:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/browserlab
Twitter: @adobebrowserlab, @brucebowman
BrowserLab User Forums: http://forums.adobe.com/community/cslive/browserlab

This is most likely our last blog post for the year. As we leave 2010 behind, we’re very excited about all of the new features we’re working on – 2011 is going to be a great year for the BrowserLab service!

Season’s greetings, and Happy New Year!

Bruce Bowman
Adobe BrowserLab product manager

BrowserLab 1.5.2 is live: adds new browser support

In a previous blog post, we told you that some browser changes were coming. We’re happy to let you know that our BrowserLab v1.5.2 release is live, and you can now use BrowserLab with the latest versions of Internet Explorer 9 (beta), Firefox 4 Windows (beta) and Chrome 7 Windows, which has replaced Chrome 3.

In our next release, which will be early in 2011, we’re planning to add Chrome 8 for Windows and OS X, and any updates for our beta browsers. We’re also planning on removing Safari 3 and Firefox 2 at that time.

With the addition of these new browsers, and the support we already have for Safari 5, you’ve got an excellent test environment for helping you test with a wide range of browsers, from the legacy browsers like IE 6/7 to the newest browsers that support HTML5 and CSS3.

We hope you enjoy them! We’d love to hear from you in the Comments.

Bruce Bowman
Adobe BrowserLab product manager
twitter: @brucebowman