Three years ago it was expected that a new version of main browsers would be released once every six months. Today, Google releases new versions of its Chrome web browser at six week intervals.
Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) March 22, 2014
Browser add-on development agency Besttoolbars has announced a time saving solution for businesses struggling to keep pace with rapidly changing browser updates when developing and maintaining cross-browser extensions. It has revealed that its Custom Browser Framework will remove the problematic task of updating add-ons and extensions individually each time a browser such as Internet Explorer or Chrome releases a new version or changes its add-on rules.
The very competitive nature of ecommerce means that updates to major browsers are released frequently. Besttoolbars has noted a tendency for the new releases of browsers to become even more frequent. Recently, these updates have occurred as regularly as every two months, creating a growing development and resource problem for ecommerce operations who depend on their cross-browser extensions for revenue streams. For example, three years ago it was expected that a new version of a main browser would be released once every six months. Today, Google releases new versions of its Chrome web browser at six week intervals. Browser companies often tend to introduce changes to the rules on browser extensions each time their browser updates are released meaning each new browser is likely to require extension developers to update code and make changes to their plug ins to remain compatible.
The Besttoolbars Addons Framework now offers a single and central solution for browser add-on development. It has been intuitively developed to offset the problem of more rapid browser releases by integrating cross-browser development. Just one section of code is needed to power the add-on in all five major browsers. Changes can then be made just once to the one section of code and can be deployed simultaneously across all browser platforms. The Addons Framework also has an improved compatibility assurance, which supports all browsers and all future versions of the browsers. This means the code doesn’t have to be constantly rewritten for the add-on to work across new platforms as they are released, saving significant time and money as the browser boom continues unabated.
Valery Kuznetsov, Key Project Manager at Besttoolbars said, “Having worked closely with national and international organizations through our cross-browser extension development services, Besttoolbars keeps a very close eye on browser developments. We have realized that the increased frequency of browser updates places a significant extra burden on any company that uses browser add-ons as a source of revenue. With the release of each new browser version and its subsequent new requirements, the browser add-on developer is obligated to update their browser to remain compliant and compatible. Not only does this represent a time investment if you develop browser add-ons for each browser individually without the use of a tool such as our Browser Framework, it can also lead to the deployment of significant tech resources and hours of coding time, which of course leads to greater costs.”
In year 2014 for example there was a significant change in browser policies that urged Chrome browser add-on developers to adapt.
With the release of Chrome 33 in January 2014 the process of extension installation was rendered more difficult. The extension had to be placed into Google Webstore before any installation is permitted. Any extensions that user had installed before not through Webstore got automatically blocked and removed from the browser.
Such changes require add-on developers to constantly monitor the situation on market and quickly react to all such changes.
To find out more about Besttoolbars and its solutions for cross-browser extension development please visit http://www.besttoolbars.net.
About Besttoolbars: Besttoolbars is a company well known for creating browser toolbars and add-ons. It has worked with an array of global brands, from start-ups to high-profile Fortune 500 corporations including Amazon, Skype, IBM, DHL, TNT and Intel. More than 7000 companies currently use solutions created on the Besttoolbars platform. Its product line includes:
Toolbar Studio: IDE for designing toolbars for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome
Add-ons Framework: Framework for building add-ons for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera
Besttoolbars also offers a number of services to help businesses integrate their products with desktops and mobile phones. It provides custom browser development, add-ons, add-ins and mobile app development.