Anthony J. Pennings, PhD

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Browser Wars: Chrome on the Offensive

Posted on | May 7, 2011 | No Comments

Despite the increasing popularity of mobile applications, the web browser on desktop and laptop computers remain important instruments of the digital infrastructure. An interesting set of statistics involves the competition among these browsers and the emergence of Google’s Chrome as a major competitor to Mozilla’s Firefox.

The latest figures from w3schools.com confirm the continual decline of Internet Explorer with 25.8% of the market while Firefox has plateaued as the clear leader with 42.2%. Chrome continues to have the fastest growth and at 25% is about to overtake Microsoft’s IE for second place. Apple’s Safari is consistent at about 4% with Opera keeping the stable 2-2.5% share it has maintained over the years. I actually use Flock, designed specifically for social media applications, but it never really caught on, socially.

Browsers are important because they can determine the future of web applications, services and standards. An example is the adoption of HTML5, the new version of Hypertext Markup Language that is challenging the viability of Flash.

Web development requires making sure your work looks right in all the main browsers. Here are some useful tools for checking your cross-browser work.

  • For checking your code on Internet Explorer:
  • http://iecapture.com/

  • and everything else on the desktop:
  • http://browsershots.org/
    (Hint: Try unchecking some of the browsers for a faster response time)

  • And if you are doing a lot of mobile web development:
  • http://crossbrowsertesting.com/configs

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    Anthony J. Pennings, PhD has been on the NYU faculty since 2001 teaching digital media, information systems management, and global communications. © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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