Maxthon Going Global in 2007

Maxthon (formerly known as MyIE) is a browser that reportedly has 30% of the browser market in its home country of China, second only to IE and ahead of Firefox. It is a powerful tabbed, fully customizable and 100% free Internet browser built on top of Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) platform. The milestone Maxthon 2.0 beta was released early last month. We carried out an in-depth interview with SVP & Partner at Maxthon Netanel Jacobsson (former Business Development Director at AOL/ICQ), who told us the full story of this exciting browser and its bid for global success.

The History of Maxthon

The interview starts with a bit of history about Maxthon, a browser generally not well known in the Western world. Netanel said that MyIE was originally created by a Chinese man called Changyou, who wanted to customize his IE browser. MyIE became the first browser to support tabbed browsing. Changyou posted most of the code onto his BBS, but unexpectedly left the project due to personal reasons in 2000. Luckily, one of his admirers Jeff Chen decided to continue the development and released a new version with the name MyIE2. MyIE2 grew very fast, with massive contributions from passionate users all over the world. They communicated via BBS, Forums and IM - and helped on developing the plugins, sites, skins, debugging, etc.

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4 words -> MAXTHON IS DA BOMB !

Really Maxthon 1 (and 2) holds all features any geek would need and there's a extensive community on the Maxthon forum providing neat addons/extensions/plugins and skins.

IE7 is horrible compared to Maxthon (even compared to Maxthon version 1.x). Firefox is alright but Maxthon simply rules.

I've been use Maxthon when it was called MyIE2 and love it. However, technically speaking, it is not really a "browser" right? Isn't it more of a browser shell or interface since web pages are rendered through IE's engine?

Gotta love the innovation of being able to add value to IE and make $ out of it! Great job!

been using the 2.0 beta for a while now...it's only crashed on me once, aside from that it's been my favorite browser I've ever used. Unfortunately I only have one windows machine, the rest use linux (which isn't unfortunate in itself) but I'd love to get maxthon on my linux machines WITHOUT using WINE.

salaku said,
Can you block ads on maxthon as you do on firefox ( with extensions )???

Oh Yes indeed... it blocks more ads than firefox ever did on a fresh install. I have to say i hardly ever see any ads, and those the sneak past can easly added to the filter for next time.

I sit on either side of people at work that use Firefox and IE7 and my screen is the most Ad free screen going compared to the same site they visit.

I mainly use firefox, but the reasons why I would use maxthon:

  • I hate tabs at the top. You can move them to the bottom with Maxthon
  • Lots more options with favorites and tab settings, in general
  • Lots of customization options.

Its much more fully featured than IE7 is, if they can get it to be stable.

DouglasLWarren said,
I use it at home and at the office. And I have IE7 installed at home. Love the mouse gestures. Can't do that on IE7.

you can go to this site from the creators of IE7 for mouse gestures

http://www.enhanceie.com/ie/essentials.asp

But really why the eck wasn't it in the final build.. its just stupid. On that site theres also a reg hack so you can move the stupid locked nav bar so you can get the Menu back on top.. Again stupid it was not added as an option.

Jugalator said,
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I'd also like to hear why this wouldn't be a problem, care to explain what you meant by that comment?

Maxthon can use the IE or Firefox engine. I too have been using Maxthon since MyIE2, and it simply blows all the other browsers away. Native support for RSS(including Podcasting), Super Drag and Drop, mouse gestures, Tab Groups..I admit that I don't use every feature, but Maxthon is the first browser to pack so many features in a nice, aesthetic package.

Haven't really played with Maxthon 2 very much but I've been using this code since the early days of MyIE2. Everyone I tell about Maxthon loves it, and really if you're not using it now you should try it instead of being sheep and flocking to FF.

i have to agree with you about the firefox part ;)

i just got so used to firefox i dont think ill ever switch to another browser... only way i might is if they ever make firefox bloated.

plus IE7 went out the window with it's interface as i think it's a step in the wrong direction... IE6's interface was better than IE7's they changed it TOOO much... i think all it will do is confuse people.... thats why i like firefox even more now as it's got a good layout and works... ill bet microsoft just did that major interface change for the sake of change :(.... o well i aint gonna worry about it since all i use anymore is firefox anyways.

I don't understand... Can someone please explain: now that IE7 is out and has tabbed browsing and such, what is the point of Maxthon?

What's the point of Firefox then, and Opera, and Flock.

It's all about choice, I'd rather use Maxthon than IE7, I think Maxthon is a beautifully developed piece of software. And it makes browsing wonderful, and adds to the over all enjoyment I get from browsing simple sites. The tabs are handled better than IE7, so are most of the security features (mostly)

I'm glad Maxthon is going "global" whatever that means...heh. I think most Neowinians already knew about Maxthon obviously, as we tech guru geeks guys are already in the "know" about such things!

LOC said,
What's the point of Firefox then, and Opera, and Flock.

It's all about choice, I'd rather use Maxthon than IE7, I think Maxthon is a beautifully developed piece of software. And it makes browsing wonderful, and adds to the over all enjoyment I get from browsing simple sites. The tabs are handled better than IE7, so are most of the security features (mostly)

I'll be honest when I say I have not used Maxthon, so I don't know if it is visually more appealing. I just wondered if there were some features that IE7 does not have that makes it worth using.

guylaroche said,
I don't understand... Can someone please explain: now that IE7 is out and has tabbed browsing and such, what is the point of Maxthon? :blink:

IE7 Tab browsing is terrible, i would rather use Firefox than use IE7.. Maxthon 1 does 100x more than IE7 brings to the table.. so just think what Maxthon 2 would do.

Although i will admit i dont really like the way the interface is going, kinda a IE7 wannabe. But its still can be customised so not to hard to make it look how you prefer it to be.

Maxthon 2.0 is exactly what IE7 lacks.
* Lightweight tabs (Maxthon - 200++ tabs; IE7 20-50 tabs and don't even think about Photoshop!)
* Working cache
* Working favicons
* Working Save Webpage
* Real Find dialog
* Decent favourites manager
* Page scripts a la GreaseMonkey
* RESTORING ****ING TABS ON CRASH
* Customizable UI
* Selective Ads/Flash/Scripts blocking

And as I understand it can work even with IE6 (But of course it't better on IE7)