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Browser Wars: IE Share Dropping while User Base Still Growing

May 5th, 2009
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What am I talking about? First you need to look at this graph of browser usage over time since 1996 by Asa Dotzler. Please note that the sources for this graph are not clearly identified but still this makes a strong point of paying attention to the entire picture, not only market share.

Basically, while Internet Explorer’s market share continues to drop drastically and FireFox’s market share continues to increase the rate of new internet users is so vast that the total number of IE users is still increasing. In addition, it is obvious that Microsoft is paying a lot of attention to its browser and packs it with features. Furthermore, it will be the default browser in the highly anticipated Windows 7 new operating system, which is expected to gain significant higher adoption rate than Vista. In short, it is wise not to write IE off and keep the Virtual Machines with the various IE versions handy.

Another observation is the market share that FireFox has commanded and the short amount of time it did so. Remember that users who download FireFox and use it do so because they truley believe it is a superior browser. Unlike other browsers that come bundled with the OS (IE, Safari), or have a deep-pockets corporation behind it (Chrome).

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New Web Browser by Google: Chrome

September 2nd, 2008

Google is now officially in the browser business. I guess that the google bars wasn’t enough of a penetration into the browser market and Google wanted/needed additional features (and feedback?) from users. Anyway, Google now offers a new web browser: Chrome. Google also explained briefly why they have decided to launch a new browser. So, what does it mean for us, web developers?

  1. An additional browser to pay attention to and run tests for. When Google launches a new browser, it is not another niche browser that we can skip in our testing. It is probably going to have a sizeable market share.
  2. Visit the ‘For Web Developers‘ page posted by Chrome. You will find useful information for what we do. Once piece of advice is if we tested our sites on Safari 3.1 – then the page will work fine on Google Chrome. However, they still post some tips and testing tools.
  3. Explore and learn V8 – the underlying engine that powers Google Chrome. According to Google V8 is a platform that will help power the next generation of web applications. As mentioned on their ‘Why’ page: “We also built V8, a more powerful JavaScript engine, to power the next generation of web applications that aren’t even possible in today’s browsers.”

It is never boring in the world of web development, is it?

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