Browser Wars III

September 26, 2008

With the recent releases of Google's Chrome (Sept 2), Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 (Aug 28), Mozilla's Firefox 3 (June 17), not to mention all the legacy browsers many of which are still in use. If you are not a web developer, you are probably thinking why should I care what web browser people are using? Believe me you should, the majority of SoftLayer’s customers run a business and with that have a website which must be displayed on, you guessed it, a web browser.

1. Layout/Rendering Engine
This could be one of the biggest differences between the browsers, a layout/rendering engine is what the browser uses to parse the html and display your web pages. Although there are numerous specifications for various types of content (HTML, XHTML, images, etc..) each of the engines seem to render it slightly different based on their interpretation of the specification documents.

But don’t take my word for it go check the ACID website or the screenshots of the ACID tests in different web browsers.

2. Your Privacy
Most of the front runners in the browser wars are sending your usage and machine specifications back to the mother ship. What they are doing with the information once they get it, who knows. But, with Google being the front runner in search and ads, with the addition of Google Chrome, they pretty much can monitor all web usage for anyone using their product. Please get out the tin foil hats now ☺

3. Usage / Front Runner
Based off most of the statistics I have seen IE 6, IE 7, Firefox 2, Firefox 3 are the front runners, with a few stragglers using Safari and Opera. But I bet things will be changing and Chrome will be coming up in usage ranks over the next few months as well as IE 8 once it is released from Beta.

At SoftLayer we test on all the major front runners in the browser wars for our web presence. I will be grabbing the popcorn and watching the show, things are about to get hectic in this area. Whether it is good or bad; users are getting more options in the browser market.

-Dorian

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October 13th, 2008 at 7:18pm

I had the same knee jerk reaction to privacy with Google Chrome, the nice thing is that the Chrome source is available for purview online so if Google builds Chrome from that source we can feel comfortable about what data they are recording.

Can you say the same about IE6-8?? Microsoft, with MSN and it's Live initiative is on a quest to build its search-based revenue. Steve Balmer said that building this part of the Microsoft business was a 5-year plan. They are on year 3 and haven't had a lot of additional penetration, so I wouldn't put t past them to do something like that.

There are a large number of Microsoft watchdogs that would have a field day if something like that happened, so I am guessing that they would at least ask permission first.

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October 13th, 2008 at 7:18pm

I had the same knee jerk reaction to privacy with Google Chrome, the nice thing is that the Chrome source is available for purview online so if Google builds Chrome from that source we can feel comfortable about what data they are recording.

Can you say the same about IE6-8?? Microsoft, with MSN and it's Live initiative is on a quest to build its search-based revenue. Steve Balmer said that building this part of the Microsoft business was a 5-year plan. They are on year 3 and haven't had a lot of additional penetration, so I wouldn't put t past them to do something like that.

There are a large number of Microsoft watchdogs that would have a field day if something like that happened, so I am guessing that they would at least ask permission first.

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