Something interesting happened in October (yeh, stocks have been doing comparatively great): IE's share in global desktop browser usages has dropped to a
perilous 52%. This, combined with its barely there mobile browser usage, brings its overall share below the 50% percentage mark.
With interesting data invariably comes incessant probe of why.
Some analysis pointed out the geek factor.
The tech community has abandoned IE in droves ever since they found the delicious toy of Firefox, which is dynamic
and cool, decidely tech friendly and fast and active in development. It started the trend of multiple tabs, a wonderful array of extensions. It gives programmers Firebugs; Chrome joined the
browser war in 2008, soon afterwards, tech people was attracted to it by its minimal interfaces and fast and smooth performance. Chrome came in late yet learn
fast. It soon offered a wealth of tools and even more faster development cycle.
I believe in no time, Chrome would reach 100 or Google (1 followed by 100 :)). Chrome
More analysis dived into the browsers' differences in speed, interface, support for standards (ie., html5 and css3),
privacy and security and Extensions.
In short, there is convergence among the browsers towards speedier, cleaner, more secure, and more customizable browsers.
Surprise! With competition so fierce and stake so high, the best wins!
Speed-wise, Firefox and IE have greatly improved their speed so much so that Chrome actually is currently losing in
Interface-wise, Chorme started the minimumistic approach, Firefox and IE are taking notes. This minimum approach is actually catching fire in interface design.
Google started it with its barebone google search, Facebook's home page also has the clean blue. Chrome, FireFox and IE also took great effor to allow tabs
be informative yet non-obtusive, draggable and dockable. Work like a great app.
In terms of standards support, in the tech community, IE is always the object of ridicule. In support of HTML5 features, IE has been falling behind.
In extension offering, FireFox leads the way.
this browser war so intense and so interesting and so beneficial to all of us internet users.
TraceMonkey, JagerMonkey, IonMoney, then tamarin.
So, in the global browser competition for more market share,
IE is in steady decline yet still dominate the scene,
FireFox is barely holding its ground, Chrome is rapidly rising. Still nothing is certain other than that the more they compete, the more we demand,
the greater good will come out of it. Also, we, programmers, time to work harder to meet up the challenge.