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COMGT TEST CENTER

Our lab include a variety of platforms that can be combined per your specific requirements (e.g.):

Operating Systems Web Browsers Media Players and Technologies Email
  • Apple Mac OS X
  • MS Windows
  • Linux, Solaris
  • Firefox (Mozilla) (Mac, PC, *NIX)
  • Internet Explorer (IE6, IE7, IE8; MS Win only)
  • Safari (Mac & PC)
  • QuickTime
  • Windows Media
  • Flash (Adobe)
  • Mail, Entourage (Mac OS X)
  • Outlook (MS Windows)
  • Thunderbird (Mac, Win, *NIX)

Operating Systems

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(Section last updated in November 2011.)

  Operating System Released Lab
State
Primary
Browser
Common
Sec./Alt.
Additional Notes
Mac Apple Mac OX 9 1999 Oct arch n/a    
Apple Mac OS X v10.0 ("Cheetah") 2001 Mar arch n/a n/a  
Apple Mac OS X v10.1 ("Puma") 2001 Sep arch n/a n/a  
Apple Mac OS X v10.2 ("Jaguar") 2002 Aug arch n/a n/a  
Apple Mac OS X v10.3 ("Panther") 2003 Oct std Safari1,IE5 IE5,Firefox2 IE5 was part of std distr. (we believe)
Apple Mac OS X v10.4 ("Tiger") 2005 Apr arch Safari 2 Firefox2  
Apple Mac OS X v10.5 ("Leopard") 2007 Oct std Safari 3 Firefox2,3  
Apple Mac OS X v10.6 ("Snow Leopard") 2009 Aug std Safari 4 Firefox3.x  
Apple Mac OS X v10.7 ("Lion") 2011 Jul std Safari 5.1 Firefox  
Apple Mac OS X v10.8 (tbd) tbd tbd tbd tbd tbd
Linux Linux - Ubuntu and other distros varies tbd Firefox3.x    
MS Windows MS Windows 98 ("Memphis") 1998 Jun arch IE5,IE5.5 Firefox2  
MS Windows Me ("Millennium") 2000 Sep arch IE5,IE5.5 Firefox2  
MS Windows 2000 (n/a1) 2000 Feb arch IE5,IE5.5 Firefox2  
MS Windows XP ("Whistler") 2001 Oct std IE6 Firefox2  
MS Windows Vista ("Longhorn") 2006 Nov tbd IE7 Firefox2,3 slow adaptation by the market
MS Windows 7 ("Blackcomb", "Vienna") 2009 Oct1 std IE8   1Retail
SUN Sun OpenSolaris   tbd      

Legend: Colors indicate to what degree we at COMGT support this - NOT to what degree the original manufacturer supports it.

Red: older release, or something we don't support for other reason.
Normally not supported (possible to setup on demand)
Yellow: older release.
Some support.
Green: current release.
Supported.
Purple: test release.
May support.
Blue: Future release
Not supported yet.
White: tbd / multiple

1 Windows code names from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_codenames.

Also: PDAs: Palm OS, Windows Mobile, iPhone

Web Browsers

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(Section last updated in November 2011.)

Note: we are not updating this list too often but rest assure we always have the most commonly used browsers in our test center.

It has becoming increasingly difficult to keep lists like this up to date as multiple browser developers has moved into a very gear with releases... (E.g. Firefox went from v4 to v7 from March to October 2011, Chrome was version 10 in March 2011 and is now - Nov 2011 - working on releasing v17.)

Browser Family Developer Version Released Mac OS X MS Windows Linux other Additional Notes
Firefox Mozilla Foundation Firefox 1.0 2004 Nov Yes Yes Yes Yes No longer supported
Firefox 1.5 2005 Nov -"- -"- -"- -"- No longer supported
Firefox 2.0 2006 Oct -"- -"- -"- -"- No longer supported
Firefox 3.0 2008 Jun -"- -"- -"- -"- Test release (Feb'08)
Firefox 3.6 2010 Jan -"- -"- -"- -"-  
Firefox 4 2011 -"- -"- -"- -"- Release Candidate Mar 2011
Firefox - -"- -"- -"- -"- We're always keeping up with FF...
Internet Explorer Microsoft IE 5 1999 Mar Yes Yes No No No longer supported
IE 5.5 2000 Jul No -"- No No No longer supported
IE 6 2001 Aug No -"- No No Old release, still common but really, really, should be replaced
IE 7 2006 Oct No -"- No No Still very common
IE 8 2009 Mar No -"- No No Was in development for a long time; was expected in 2008 wasn't released until Spring 2009.
IE 9 2011 Mar No -"- No No  
Safari Apple Safari 1 2003 Jun 10.3 No(?) No No Only Safari available for 10.3
Safari 2 2005 Apr 10.4,min - -"- -"-  
Safari 3 2007 Jun 10.4,min XP & Vista -"- -"-  
Safari 4 2009 Jun 10.4,min Yes -"- -"-  
Safari 5 2010 Jun 10.4,min Yes -"- -"- Public beta (per Mar '09)
Chrome Google Chrome 5 2010 Mar 10.5,min XP & later Yes No Rising market share (3rd pos Mar 2010)
Chrome 10* 2011 Mar Yes Yes Yes -"- "* Don't expect this list to show latest Chrome... Google has a very aggressive release schedule and both v11 and v12 is expected soon after March 2011." [Mar'11]
    Chrome <x> - Yes Yes Yes -"-  

Legend: Colors indicate to what degree we at COMGT support this - NOT to what degree the original manufacturer supports it.

Red: older release, or something we don't support for other reason.
Normally not supported (possible to setup on demand)
Yellow: older release.
Some support.
Green: current release.
Supported.
Purple: test release.
May support.
Blue: Future release
Not supported yet.
White: tbd / multiple

 

Media Players and Technologies

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(Section last updated in March 2011.)

Framework, Player Developer Version Initial
Release
Mac OS X MS Windows Linux other Additional Notes
QuickTime Player Apple QT 7 2005 std Yes/DL - - Current generation (also 2010; QT X, next, is only 10.6
QT X1 2009 std no - - 1Pronounced 'QuickTime Ten'.
QT 10.1 2011 Std tbd - - W/ Mac OS X 10.7, "Lion"
Windows Media Player Microsoft v9 2003 Yes 98/Me/2000 - -  
v10 2004 no XP - -  
v11 2006 no1 XP, Vista - - 1 3rd party solutions exist that allows playing, editing
v12 2009 -"- Windows 7 - -  
Flash Adobe
(old)
v9 (CS3) 2007 yes yes yes yes  
v10 (CS4) 2008 std/
Safari
std/IE6,IE7 yes yes (Mar 2010: v10 is still latest version)
v10.1 (CS5) 2011 yes yes yes yes  
Silverlight Microsoft v3 2009 Mar Yes Yes no no  
v4 2010 Apr yes yes ? ?  
v5 (2011) tbd yes ? ?  
Other...:                
Real Player   don't care don't care yeah... yeah... ? ? Avoid it!! We believe it's hard to find a more bloated and messed-up software.

Legend: Colors indicate to what degree we at COMGT support this - NOT to what degree the original manufacturer supports it.

Red: older release, or something we don't support for other reason.
Normally not supported (possible to setup on demand)
Yellow: older release.
Some support.
Green: current release.
Supported.
Purple: test release.
May support.
Blue: Future release
Not supported yet.
White: tbd / multiple

Test Cases

Which platforms to focus on depend on which market you want to reach, what software your anticipated users will have.

See also our web statistics section for additional information.

For developers and tester - an example of checklist with permutations of operating systems, browsers, and media platforms that should be considered.

Case OS Browser Media Platform Test Notes
1 MS Windows IE 7 Windows Media  
2 -"- -"- Flash  
3 -"- -"- QuickTime  
4 -"- IE 8 Windows Media  
5 -"- -"- Flash  
6 -"- -"- QuickTime  
7 -"- Firefox Windows Media  
8 -"- -"- Flash  
9 -"- -"- QuickTime  
10 -"- Chrome Windows Media  
11 -"- -"- Flash  
12 -"- -"- QuickTime  
13 -"- Safari Windows Media  
14 -"- -"- Flash  
15 -"- -"- QuickTime  
16 -"- IE 61 Windows Media  
17 -"- -"- Flash  
18 -"- -"- QuickTime  
19 Macintosh Safari QuickTime  
20 -"- -"- Flash  
21 -"- -"- (Windows Media)  
22 -"- Firefox QuickTime  
23 -"- -"- Flash  
24 -"- -"- (Windows Media)  
25 -"- Chrome QuickTime  
26 -"- -"- Flash  
27 -"- -"- (Windows Media)  
1 If continue support this ancient and dangerous browser
Then if want to support mobile platforms...
28 iPhone Safari QuickTime (no flash)  
29 iPad (larger screen Safari QuickTime (no flash)  
30 Android Google Flash, ...  
31 Windows Mobile ? ?  
32 RIM ? ?  
33 Symbian ? ?  
...        

 

 

Email

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(Section last updated in August 2008.)

Platform Platform / Application   cost more
Apple Mac OS X Mail (Apple) Included in Mac OS X
www.apple.com/macosx/features/mail.html
free below
Entourage (MS) Part of MS Office for Mac, can't be bought separately
http://www.microsoft.com/mac/default.mspx
$$$ below
Microsoft Windows unless specifically noted, for more info, go to www.microsoft.com.    
Outlook Express Included in MS Windows. free  
Windows Mail Part of MS Windows Vista; successor to Outlook Express free  
Microsoft Outlook Part of MS Office, can also be bought separately
www.microsoft.com/outlook.
$$$ below
Linux/Multi-platform Thunderbird Open source, multi-platform, email client
www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/
free below

Comparison of E-mail Clients: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_e-mail_clients.

Eudora, which once was a fairly popular email client, is no longer developed (since 2006) and Qualcomm now refer to Mozilla for email client software. www.eudora.com. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eudora_%28e-mail_client%29.

Mac OS X Hints - May 2007 - Send long URLs via e-mail www.macworld.com/article/57245/2007/04/may07osxhints.html

 

Apple Mail.app (Mac OS X only)

Two options for formatting: Plain Text and Rich Text (default). As far as researched so far, unfortunately Apple's choice of terminology seems to be a bit confusing - the Rich Text format seem to create HTML-formatted emails, and Apple Mail's Rich Text is not the same as Rich Text as in Microsoft Outlook.

Email received sent in Apple Mail with its Rich Text format selected:

--Apple-Mail-5--678064959
Content-Type: text/html;
charset=US-ASCII
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

Read More:

 

Microsoft Entourage (part of MS Office, Mac OS only)

Selectable Mail Formats: Plain Text and HTML.

Selectable Encodings:

Microsoft Outlook (MS Windows only)

Format Description, Comments MIME Type
Text Plain text can be read  by anyone but does not contain any formatting
text/plain
HTML HTML messages can contain formatting and are compatible with most e-mail readers. (HTML = Hypertext Markup Language) text/html
Rich Text NEVER USE (i.e. on MS Windows, select Text or HTML as default format). Rich Text messages can contain formatting but are only compatible with Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange [on MS Windows]. (Descriptive text as described in MS Outlook itself.) text/rtf

 

 

Mozilla Thunderbird (multi-platform)

Open source, multi-platform, email client

 

Updated 2011-11-05