Firefox 5 gets social sharing, taskbar apps, Chrome-like features

Mozilla’s Firefox 4 browser is only a few weeks old, but we’re already beginning to catch wind of what the company’s planning for its next release. Firefox 5 will sport integrated social sharing, taskbar web apps, identity management, and a slew of features already found in Google’s Chrome browser, according to Mozilla’s Firefox User Experience priorities page.

Microsoft accidentally releases new Internet Explorer 9 screenshot and details

Even though we’ve seen a few developer previews of Microsoft’s upcoming Internet Explorer 9 browser, the company has managed to keep news of IE9’s new visual interface under wraps — until now. It appears that Microsoft Russia accidentally released a screenshot and further information related to IE9 on its press site, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports.

Conduit announces Google Chrome support for its massive app platform

Conduit, a company that has found great success with its cross-browser Web application platform, announced support for Google Chrome today. Now publishers will be able to develop an application once for Conduit’s platform and have it work on Chrome and other major browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari). Conduit has also made thousands of Chrome-compatible apps available at its App Marketplace, making it the largest source outside Google for Chrome apps.

Mozilla's Firefox 4 vision looks a lot like Google Chrome

A recent blog post by Mozilla’s Director of Firefox, Mike Beltzner, offers up the first real glimpse at what the open source browser maker intends to accomplish with Firefox 4. And not too surprisingly, it looks like Mozilla is racing to catch up with young browser upstart Google Chrome. Firefox currently holds about 30 percent of worldwide browser market share, with about 365 million users, according to Mozilla.