Windows 8 browsing – IE 10's competition

October 11, 2011

Google Chrome Google has announced its latest venture Google Chrome Remote Desktop that will release in the form of beta available for end-user testing. It will allow administrators in IT offices to remotely control and manage employee’s computers or access machines that are geographically dispersed. The new Chrome browser allows remote access to another computer through a browser with the permission of both the parties using an access code. What is worth noting is that you can connect to a Linux computer through Google Chrome Remote Desktop installed on Windows. The benefits include lower administration cost and improved management capabilities. Currently, access is granted to a set of users identified by the system when the present a one-time session based access code. Working protocol of Google Chrome Remote Desktop

  • Uses peer-to-peer connection using Google p2p tools, which can include UDP, TCP or Google, relay.
  • Google P2P tools (libjingle) provide a secure SSL and reliable connection.
  • Data is framed and transmitted using Protobuf(Google’s protocols buffers software).
  • Graphics are encoded using Google video codec known as VP8.
Mozilla Mozilla plans to release the latest version of Firefox targeted towards Windows 8. In the previous versions of Windows, Mozilla had an edge over Internet Explorer due to the large number of plugin applications that were built. However, with the advent of Metro based Internet Explorer 10, Microsoft may have a competitive advantage. The upcoming browser version of Mozilla is supposed to feature do-not-track technology that enables the end user to avoid behavioral targeting and geographically targeted advertisements. Firefox will be released for Android platform in addition to Windows 8. Mozilla has announced a project targeted towards open web platform known as B2G (Boot to Gecko) which focusses on merging the Gecko engine with Google Android. We may have a new competitor to the Windows 7.5 Phone if this merger is accomplished. So far, a percentage of Mozilla’s earnings came from search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, Amazon and eBay. However, with the advent of Google Chrome, there is a very good possibility that contract between Mozilla and Google may end. Chrome for Windows 8 aspires to tie its services and apps more closely with the features offered by Windows 8 while Mozilla aims to make better plugins that may support Metro style.]]>

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Mike Johnson is a writer for The Redmond Cloud - the most comprehensive source of news and information about Microsoft Azure and the Microsoft Cloud. He enjoys writing about Azure Security, IOT and the Blockchain.

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