We’re currently in a great place as far as browsers go. Microsoft’s death grip is all but gone, and the Webkit browsers are nipping at the heels of Firefox. Not to be outdone, Opera has taken the initiative to innovate in the mobile field. As luck would have it, we also have a fair number of specialty browsers available like Fluid and Plainview that offer unique features that some of us really need.
I’m ecstatic over all of the competition and innovation in the browser space. We’ve never seen so many great browser all at once. tThe developers are constantly fighting with each other to make the fastest, sexiest, and most functional web browser available. This is lightyears away from the stagnation of the late 1990s and early 2000s, and I’m loving every second of it. Frankly, you should too.
Even if your browser of choice isn’t the number one in the HTML5Test, or it doesn’t have commercials on national television, you still benefit from everything that’s being done. Because of all of the hard work from Mozilla, Apple, and Google, your browser of choice is better than it would have been. Competition truly is a beautiful thing.
Okay, maybe I was a little harsh on Microsoft. Truth be told, they’re trying to make their product better. Even though the new IE9 Beta has substantially less support for modern web features than the competition, it does show a good-faith effort on Microsoft’s part to get back into the game.
What do you think about the rapid pace in which browsers are evolving today? Is it sustainable, or will it die down like operating system innovation? Tell me what you think by leaving a comment on this post.