Thursday, January 19, 2012

The road to the Sleipnir 3 for Windows web broswer

From April this year, it will have been 10 years since the official version of Sleipnir 1.0 was released.
Sleipnir was born during the dawn of the tab browser era, and grew gradually while overcoming countless hurdles.

For those of you who have been using Sleipnir for many years, you may already know about the case where the laptop containing the source code of Sleipnir was stolen while the founder and president, Kashiwagi was developing it.
That was November 16th 2004.

After that, Sleipnir 2 was announced, and then our company, Fenrir Inc. was established and so 7 years has passed until the official release of Sleipnir 3 on November 16th 2011.

Around 3 years passed since the announcement of development of Sleipnir 3 for Windows.
I would like to explain a little about why it took 3 years to provide you with the next version of Sleipnir.

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After the announcement that development for Sleipnir 3 for Windows had started, web browsers using [rendering speed] as their selling point rapidly started to take the majority share of the market. Many browsers began to fight each other using [speed] that is faster than can be felt. Also, many developers from around the word were fascinated by open-source and global platforms, and so started to provide add-ons.
The more development for Sleipnir 3 for Windows proceeded, the more the gap between Sleipnir 3 for Windows and other browsers became apparent.

Advancing to only provide viewing of web contents, in response to competitor web browsers, what should Sleipnir 3 for Windows do?
What is a browser that you choose?

After the announcement that development for Sleipnir 3 for Windows had started, 2 years was spent stabilizing the foundations of production, and then around 1 year ago, the product entry was announced as Next Sleipnir. However, at that time, it was decided to totally change the completed product specifications and start from scratch.

This is the reason it took us 3 years to come this far.

And so with the continued support from our userbase and thorough testing, it was finally released with the slogan [The rich and powerful web browser].

Towards the rich and powerful web browser

The goal of Sleipnir 3 for Windows is to achieve a natural browser with feeling.
Not just a browser that displays content, but a browser where you can feel a sense of emotion from displayed content and so enjoy your time when using the browser.
An interface that stimulates the senses as [rich], the advanced tab functions as [performance].

TouchPaging, Full-screen mode, bookmark synchronization, and not forgetting advanced tab functionality are all characteristic features of Sleipnir 3 for Windows, the rich and powerful web browser.
The first release of Sleipnir 3 for Windows did not come with target-specific functions and support for plug-ins.

At this point we are sorry we can not please all our userbase by providing these features from the first release.

However, rather than providing all the desired features right from the start, we though it was more important to release the official version so we can start advancing forward and start working with our userbase.
We would be very happy if you would like to experience the progress of Sleipnir 3 for Windows with us.

The web is much more fun with Sleipnir

We have not just released a Windows version of Sleipnir, but also versions for Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android and Windows Phone.

By using the Fenrir Pass account service as a hub, you can connect with web services in addition to just a web browser. Fenrir Pass can be found here.
Use it to make browsing with Sleipnir even more enjoyable.
We are aiming to provide Sleipnir to users all around the world.
New web services are also being planned.
Please look forward to the web of tomorrow that Fenir Inc. is paving out.
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Thank you.

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