By Harry McCracken
Was it really fewer than five years ago that Firefox 1.0 debuted? Its arrival ended the dismal period in which only one browserâ€“Microsoftâ€™s mediocre Internet Explorerâ€“seemed to be viable. With Firefox, Mozilla proved that millions of people were itching to adopt a better browser. And today, we find ourselves with multiple better browsers: Not just Firefox, but also Googleâ€™s minimalist Chrome, Appleâ€™s flashy Safari, the ever-inventive Opera, the highly social Flock, and even the no-longer-calcifying Internet Explorer 8.
All of which means that Firefox 3.5â€“which Mozilla plans to formally release todayâ€“is no longer a shoo-in for the distinction of being the favorite browser of browser fans.
According to Wikipedia, “The term “browser wars” refers to the competition for dominance in the web browser marketplace. The term is used to denote two specific periods of time: the competition between market-dominating Netscape Navigator and its eventual defeat by Microsoft Internet Explorer during the late 1990s, and the competition from 2003 onwards between the dominating Internet Explorer and several other emerging browsers including Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera and, since mid-2008, Google Chrome.” I couldn’t agree more, so now it’s time to look again at browsers and their respective performance. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
February 2009 Newsletter
*Windows 7 Beta Put to the Test
*Ask the Pros – Drivers
*Time to Kick IE8 to the Curb?
*Billions for Broadband on the Way
*Bits from Bill: Protection for Win32/Conficker.A
*TechBite: Cardinal Rules of Email
*Technologizer: 10 of 10,000 MSFT Patents
*New Survey – Technology & The Economy
*Research – Men are Still Smarter
*Survey Results – PC & Cell Phone Usage
*Tip #1: Getting Rid Of Thumbs.db Files
*Tip #2: Little, miscellanies, but powerful
*Tip #3: Scheduled and Hidden Scheduled Tasks
IE8 Beta is gone and hopefully replaced by an improved RC1. A browser capable of remembering passwords doesn’t seem like too much to ask. With any luck at all the tabbed browsing and other improvements will be worth while because the browser will be able to render pages and do the small things that so far have escaped recent Internet Explorer releases.