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Maxthon
MaxthonLogo2013.png
Maxthon Browser UI.png
Maxthon Cloud Browser showing Wikipedia
Developer(s)Maxthon International Limited
Initial release2003; 11 years ago (2003)
Stable release

Windows: 4.3.2.1000 (March 11, 2014; 8 days ago (2014-03-11)) [±][1]

OS X: 4.1.3.4000 (February 27, 2014; 20 days ago (2014-02-27)) [±][2]

iOS: 4.5.1 (January 30, 2014; 48 days ago (2014-01-30)) [±][3]

Android: 4.2.0.2000 (March 7, 2014; 12 days ago (2014-03-07)) [±][4]
Preview release4.2.2.600 (January 21, 2014; 57 days ago (2014-01-21)) [±]
Operating systemWindows, OS X, Android, Windows Phone, iOS, Linux (beta)
EngineTrident and WebKit and now Blink
Size30 MB
TypeWeb browser
Feed reader
LicenseFreeware
Websitewww.maxthon.com
 
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Maxthon
MaxthonLogo2013.png
Maxthon Browser UI.png
Maxthon Cloud Browser showing Wikipedia
Developer(s)Maxthon International Limited
Initial release2003; 11 years ago (2003)
Stable release

Windows: 4.3.2.1000 (March 11, 2014; 8 days ago (2014-03-11)) [±][1]

OS X: 4.1.3.4000 (February 27, 2014; 20 days ago (2014-02-27)) [±][2]

iOS: 4.5.1 (January 30, 2014; 48 days ago (2014-01-30)) [±][3]

Android: 4.2.0.2000 (March 7, 2014; 12 days ago (2014-03-07)) [±][4]
Preview release4.2.2.600 (January 21, 2014; 57 days ago (2014-01-21)) [±]
Operating systemWindows, OS X, Android, Windows Phone, iOS, Linux (beta)
EngineTrident and WebKit and now Blink
Size30 MB
TypeWeb browser
Feed reader
LicenseFreeware
Websitewww.maxthon.com

Maxthon (officially called Maxthon Cloud Browser, originally known as MyIE2) is a freeware web browser for Windows and OS X that is developed in China by the company Maxthon Ltd. It is also available on Windows Phone 8,[5]iOS[6] and Android[7] platforms as Maxthon Mobile. Since the release of version 3, Maxthon supports both the Trident and the WebKit rendering engines.[8]

Maxthon won CNET WebWare 100 Awards in 2008[9] and 2009,[10] and was #97 in PCWorld’s list of the 100 Best Products of 2011.[11]

Overview[edit]

Maxthon is a company known mainly for producing Windows web browsers.[12] It has corporate offices in San Francisco, Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The bulk of Maxthon’s engineering live and work in their Beijing office, which develops and maintains versions of the Maxthon web browser for Windows, Mac, iOS, Windows Phone and Android.[13]

Maxthon has also created other products that include an English language news and information web portal – i.maxthon.com; a free online account system called Maxthon Passport; a ‘Kid Safe’ web browser for Android and iOS; a Chinese news and information portal maxthon.cn; and a Chinese casual gaming portal and humor website.[14]

Software[edit]

Development philosophy[edit]

According to Maxthon VP and Assistant CEO Karl Mattson, Maxthon develops its web browsers with three goals:

  1. High performance and standards support.
  2. An ‘out of the box’ experience with more integrated features than other browsers.
  3. ‘Seamless browsing.’ Sometimes referred to as ‘portability’ by the company, this is a commitment to offering users the ability to ‘pick up where they left off’ by having parts of their web browsing synced to an encrypted, free cloud account and then pushed to other platforms.[13]

Development history[edit]

According to Maxthon International CEO Ming Jie "Jeff" Chen, Maxthon was based on MyIE, a popular modification created by Chinese programmer Changyou to customize Internet Explorer web browser.[15][16] Changyou posted most of the source code[17] for MyIE on his Bulletin board system before leaving the project in 2000. Chen then continued independently developing MyIE and in 2002 released a new version, MyIE2.[18] Users around the world were quite active in contributing to MyIE2's development, adding many plugins, skins and assisting with debugging. MyIE2 was renamed Maxthon in 2003.[19][15]

Maxthon 2 was introduced in July 2007,[20] and Maxthon 3 was released in October 2010. Later that year Maxthon began introducing browsers for portable devices; in December Maxthon for Android[7] was released.[21] On July 7, 2012, Maxthon for Mac[22] was released,[23] with Maxthon for iPhone[24] and iPad released in August 2012.[25] On December 10, 2012, Maxthon Cloud Browser, also dubbed Maxthon 4, hit the market.[26]

Features[edit]

The following are accumulated features of the Maxthon browser, culminating in Maxthon 4.

Browser versions[edit]

Version 1.x[edit]

Maxthon version 1, which continued version 0 of MyIE2, was an Internet Explorer shell that implemented a tabbed browser using the Trident layout engine which Microsoft introduced with Internet Explorer 4.[27] As such, version 1 was compatible with every version of Windows from Windows 95 to Windows 7.[28] Development of version 1 stopped in 2010 with the so-called Maxthon (Classic), version 1.6.7.35;[28] earlier releases are available from Maxthon,[29] and version 1.6.7.35, which fixed a bug in selecting the default search engine, is still available at other download sites.[30][31]

The last Classic release, 1.6.7.35, functions on Windows XP and all releases of Windows Vista and Windows 7.[citation needed]

There are a number of add-ons available for Maxthon Classic,[32] and more are available through discussion forums.[33] Specific threads may provide direct download links as well.[34] Some add-ons are build-specific, but in that case, a clear indication of compatibility can often be found.

Version 2.x[edit]

Maxthon Browser 2 is a multi-tab browser released in July 2007.[20] A later modification in 2008 was the first browser on the market to offer cloud-based services for syncing bookmarks and history.[12] Version 2.x also blocks malicious plug-ins to prevent pop-ups and floating ads, and supports a variety of plug-in tools and IE extensions. It also supports a wide variety of skins and is customizable. New features included:[14]

Version 3.x[edit]

Maxthon 3 was released in the fall of 2010, after a beta period of 8 months.[36] It has both Trident and Webkit layout engines. New features included:[37]

Maxthon Cloud Browser[edit]

Also known as Maxthon Cloud, Maxthon 4 was released on December 10, 2012.[26] At the same time it released Passport and its cloud features.[38] Maxthon Passport allowed users to sign-in and register for free Passport Membership, and their avatar remains in that space for future visits. Registering also gives users access to cloud syncing services like online favorites.[35] New features include:[39]

Maxthon Mobile[edit]

For Android[edit]

Maxthon Mobile for Android, a version for Android phones, was first released in 2010,[40] followed in 2011 by a version optimized for 10 inch tablets.[18] New features in 2012 included:

For iOS[edit]

Maxthon Mobile for iOS was launched in July 2012, for iPhone,[24] iPad, and iOS universal. Maxthon Cloud Browser for iOS saves and syncs key settings, content and features for users across multiple platforms and other devices. Mouse gestures can control the opening and switching between tabs.[25][41] New features include:

For Mac[edit]

In July 2012, Maxthon Cloud Browser for Mac OS[42] was released.[5] It allows Mac users with a Maxthon Passport account to keep all user data in sync across different devices and operating systems.[5][22] New features include:

For Windows Phone[edit]

Recently released.

Release history (version 4+)[edit]

Windows[edit]

The browser for Windows, version 4.0.6.1200 (2013-5-6), introduced Maxthon Skin and various bug fixes. 4.1.0.4000 (2013-7-11), fixed a number of bugs related to closing tabs and launching the browser. It also updated Flash to the latest official version and improved Webkit stability. The Beta release 4.1.2.1200 (2013-8-1) introduced touch zooming and panning in win8, HTML5 online/offline operation, and CSS Filter GPU Acceleration.[43]

Mac[edit]

Mac version 4.0.6.2000 (2013-7-25) contained improvements such as better support for PDF and Flash, while 4.0.6.3000 (2013-8-2) improved stability on Mac OSX 10.7.0 and 10.7.2.[44]

Android[edit]

Android browser version 4.0.4.1000 (2013-03-28) included new features, such as an automatic UI adjustment for tablets with screens larger than 7 inch, support links invoking native app (i.e., thunder://, ek2://, etc.), and a number of bug fixes. 4.0.5.2000, released less than a week later on April 3, added in features such as Cloud Push in Download Manager and via Lan transfer, with improvements such as adding a favorites button to the tool bar. 4.0.6.2000 (2013-6-09), included new features such as text auto-wrap in Android 4.0 and above, phone contacts supported in Cloud Push, and Search keywords stay in address bar after performing a search. Improvements included the removal of WWW/WAP mode switch.[45]

iOS[edit]

Version 4.2 (2013-7-22) for iOS added new languages, URL autofill, related search keywords, browser history matching, and what is dubbed "Lightning-fast Cloud Push" via LAN. Version 4.2.1, released a week later on July 29, included bug fixes for iPhone4.[46]

Cloud[edit]

Version 4.1.3.1200 Maxthon Beta version has been released. There are many useful and portable new features in this version. Such as “muti-threaded downloading” and “Tab animation effect” - See more at: http://forum.maxthon.com/thread-4369-1-1.html#sthash.dYxQsXfL.dpuf

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maxthon for Windows Changelog
  2. ^ Maxthon for Mac Changelog
  3. ^ Maxthon Cloud Browser on iTunes
  4. ^ Maxthon for Android Changelog
  5. ^ a b c Eswarlu, Venkat (December 10, 2012). "Maxthon Cloud Browser Released". Techdows. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  6. ^ "Maxthon for iOS". Maxthon. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Maxthon for Android". Maxthon. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Maxthon 3". Maxthon. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Shankland, Stephen (21 April 2008). "Webware 100 winner: Maxthon". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "Webware 100 winner: Maxthon". CNET. CBS Interactive. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "100 Best Products of 2011". PCWorld Communications, Inc. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "About". Maxthon. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  13. ^ a b "Cloud Browser with Muscle & Security, Startup Maxthon Caters to HTML5 Users". RightStartups. July 13, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  14. ^ a b c "Maxthon 2". Maxthon International Limited. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  15. ^ a b Lipskas, Vygantas (2011-10-24). "Interview With Jeff Chen, The CEO Of Maxthon Ltd.". FavBrowser.com. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  16. ^ "General FAQs - Maxthon Wiki". Maxthon International Limited. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  17. ^ "MyIE Original Visual C++ Source Code Download...". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  18. ^ a b "About Maxthon". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  19. ^ Lu, Gang (31 December 2006). "Maxthon Goes to Global Market - A New Way to Surf The World in 2007". Mobinode. Retrieved 1 January 2008. 
  20. ^ a b Linder, Brad (July 23, 2007). "Maxthon 2 web browser released". Switched. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  21. ^ Matthews, Lee (2010-12-16). "Maxthon browser for Android now available -- and it's good". Switched. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  22. ^ a b "Maxthon for Mac". Maxthon International Limited.  beta
  23. ^ "Maxthon Web Browser Now Available for Mac Computers". Maxthon. July 30, 2012. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  24. ^ a b "Maxthon Web Browser Now Available for iPhone -- Offers Cross-Platform Syncing and Exclusive Features". Maxthon. 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  25. ^ a b Knight, Shawn (2012-08-21). "Maxthon mobile browser now available for ios devices". TechSpot. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  26. ^ a b Williams, Mike (2012-12-10). "Maxthon Browser 4 released and renamed: "Maxthon Cloud Browser"". Software Crew. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  27. ^ Spanbauer, Scott; Bass, Steve (2005-01-03). "The New Web Challengers". PCWorld. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  28. ^ a b "Maxthon (Classic) specifications". CNET.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  29. ^ "Maxthon Browser 1.x Series". Maxthon International Limited. Retrieved 2011-11-12. [dead link]
  30. ^ "Download Free Maxthon, Maxthon 1.6.7.35". Brothersoft. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  31. ^ "Maxthon (Classic) 1.6.7.35 (Windows)". ZDNet. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  32. ^ Addons for Maxthon 1.x and 2.x
  33. ^ Maxthon Forum
  34. ^ More Options 1.6.x on Maxthon forum[dead link]
  35. ^ a b c "Maxthon Passport". Maxthon International Limited. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  36. ^ "Maxthon 3.0 Released". Locker Gnome. 2010-09-06. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  37. ^ "Maxthon 3". Maxthon International Limited. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  38. ^ "Maxthon Launches New ‘Cloud Browser’". INfiniGeek. December 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  39. ^ "Maxthon 4". Maxthon International Limited. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  40. ^ Lu, Gang (2010-12-14). "Maxthon Released Its Mobile Version for Android". TechNode.com. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  41. ^ Maxthon Cloud Browser on iTunes
  42. ^ Maxthon for Mac Changelog
  43. ^ "Changelog: Windows". Maxthon. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  44. ^ "Changelog: Mac". Maxthon. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  45. ^ "Changelog: Android". Maxthon. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  46. ^ "Changelog: IOS". Maxthon. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 

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