Battle rages between browsers

Beyond Microsoft, Google and Mozilla, other big names in the technology industry as Facebook and Yahoo! want to leave their mark on the market for web browsing.


Luckily for general users, who have won full freedom to choose, and for developers in particular to get rid of the chaos of standards supported and not supported, the browser market has matured. The battles fought mercilessly between Internet Explorer and a fireproof defunct Netscape Navigator in the late 90′s sound like much of the current Internet lesson in prehistory, and the mastery at the time by the browser Microsoft is losing the Over the years (and months) the category of monopoly. If in 2003 the percentage of touching implantation reached almost 95%, today you have to make do with a market share below 50%.

What happened? First, the nonprofit foundation Mozilla introduced its own browser that promote the creation of a more open web, and after several missteps over baptizing as Firefox. Part of its success is due to the agency to install extensions that tune with the operation of the product, besides being pioneered tabbed browsing, and a passionate community of programming and development that has created around you. Five years later, a popular and Google itself started to improve safety, speed and stability of existing browsers with Chrome, what has recently added a fourth term: synchronization. And between the two have managed to equalize the contest.

While Google Chrome has borrowed the crown of favorite browser worldwide in more than one, and twice in recent times. On Sunday 18 March for the first time ever, 32.7% of users chose it over another 32.5% of Internet users who continued to use Internet Explorer while not working day. The feat has been repeated for all the following weekend to cover two full days, from 5 to May 6, with a maximum lead of nearly 3 points (33.4% vs. 30.61%). And it culminated with a controversial reign of a whole week and respective proportions of 32.76% and 31.94%, between 14 and 20 May.

Consultants like StatCounter and Net Applications had to revise its analysis technology to discriminate the portion of extra traffic from the system prerrenderizado Chrome. And is that from the thirteenth release this browser loads a series of pages in the background that assumes they will be visited and actually counts as visible. But beyond this kind of chicanery, the general feeling and glaring developments point to a continuing decline of IE. Next to Firefox and Chrome, two rivals who are trying to put a dent Apple’s Safari, fighting since 2003 and the Opera, Opera Software, in competition since 1996.

Another controversy concerns the public complaint about an alleged plot Mozilla Microsoft to limit user choice in an increasingly imminent harm Windows 8 and third-party browsers on devices using ARM processor architecture Holdings. How? Allowing the exclusive use of Internet Explorer 10 on this platform, as rivals qualify as a return to the dark ages of the digital environment where there was only one browser on Windows. Why? As explained by the company led by Steve Ballmer, to ensure safety requirements and power management intrinsic to mobile chips on the x86.

The mobile land by strengthening

Clearly, the next major war between browsers, as is already happening among manufacturers of devices, applications and chipsets, has to be undertaken in the field of smartphones and tablets.

In this field the default browser installed on the terminals with Android operating system and the mobile version of Safari, this default in millions of iPhone and iPad are to stand up to an Opera Mini in recent counts has been losing its traditional leadership . Chrome and Mozilla have been introduced into the world of mobility with your custom edits to the green android system, the first in the room save a copy for IOS and the second has a mobile platform dubbed Boot to Gecko. Nokia and BlackBerry are struggling to stay afloat, with a still respectable share of around 10% and 6%. E Internet Explorer tries to get his head with its latest range of Windows phones.

And that’s not all, much less. Yahoo! has just surprised with the debut of its own browser for iPhone and iPad, which also functions as an extension for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari in the field of desktop computers: Axis. It works entirely in HTML 5, has features of search engine is intended to replace Safari. While Facebook has joined the party intending to Opera Software with a hearty stack of bills. This could be a great opportunity for both companies when it comes to strengthen its presence, especially now that social networks need to test the profitability of its business model and last making a smartphone with the help of former Apple engineers.

The fight is open, and today, anything can happen.

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