Maxthon Browser 4 released

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 10, 2012
Updated • Dec 10, 2012

Opera, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome, that's it what the Windows browser landscape currently consists of. There are a couple of other browsers, like Seamonkey, SRWare Iron or Maxthon, but even if you combine their market share you won't cross the 1% mark.

Maxthon is an interesting web browser, and I'm not only saying that because it beats Google Chrome in the HTML5test and is currently listed as the first placed browser there, but also because it is shipping with a lot of features included that may make it interesting for some Internet users.

Maxthon Browser 4 has been released today, and it seems that the browser has been renamed to Maxthon Cloud Browser with the release. The cloud addition seems appropriate when you look at the new feature set that the developers have introduced in version 4.0 of the browser:

  • Cloud Push: Send text, images, websites, links and tabs from one browser to the other.
  • Cloud Tabs: Sync tabs across your devices to work with the same set of tabs on all devices that run the Maxthon browser
  • Cloud Download: You can download files to your cloud directly for backup purposes.

The release notes furthermore state that page loading speed and memory usage have been improved in version 4.0 of the browser.

Maxthon Cloud Browser 4.0 is available for Windows and Mac desktop operating systems, as well as Android and iPhone devices. The developers promise that Android and iPad tablet versions will be released soon as well.

To use the cloud functionality, users need to create a Maxthon Passport account which takes care of all the cloud synchronization features the browser has to offer. You can sign up with your Facebook or Twitter acount, or create a new account instead.

maxthon cloud browser 4

The browser interface looks crowded on first start, and you may need a couple of minutes to get used to all the functionality that is displayed here. You can disable the sidebar on the left and other bards that you may not want to use to reduce the clutter displayed by default.

The browser has a couple of features that I really like:

  • Option to display data like the memory or cpu usage, public or local IP address right in the status bar.
  • A night modus to change the standard theme of websites automatically.
  • Zooming and splitting options displayed in the status bar.
  • Ad and popup blocker integrated.
  • Translation and screenshot feature integrated automatically.
  • You can switch to Internet Explorer's engine when needed.

The browser is based on Chromium WebKit and it shows when you load websites. It is pretty fast when you open websites probably in the same region as the Chrome browser itself.

Here is a video that introduces the new Maxthon Cloud Browser:

There are a couple of things that users may not like:

  • The browser once got better results in the HTML5Test as it should have received. Some called it cheating while the developers stated that it was code that should not have been integrated into the browser at that point in time.
  • It is a Chinese product. While that should not disqualify it, some users may not want to run Chinese software on their systems.
  • Some may find it crowded with features, too many to be precise that they never make use of. A modular approach may be more welcome.

It is up to you to give the browser a try or stick with the browser that you are currently using. I personally won't switch from Firefox due to the lack of a NoScript alternative and a couple of other issues that I experienced with the browser.


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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