As Michael Buffer always said, “Let’s get ready to rumble.” Of course during this battle of the Internet Titans, blood will NOT be drawn. Wires may be crossed and code may be un-coded, but there will be no blood.
This will be a battle of the browsers. It will include insight, opinions and options for the major browsers out there. It will be cross platform, including mobile and Linux.
There are four major browsers;
1. IE (internet explorer)
2. Google Chrome
There a couple of other browsers that are also cross platform;
2. Netscape (yes, you can still download it from CNET)
You can also find a list of all of these plus some lesser known browsers RIGHT HERE.
First of all, let’s look at the two major browsers that really do define cross-platform. Google Chrome and Firefox are the only two of the major 4 that work on all OS’s, including;
· Mac OS
Google Chrome is the baby of these two (as well as the rest of the Browser family children. As parents would say, the youngest and the brightest has arrived. This browser can do everything that its’ older siblings, and then some. While most if not all the browsers have tool bars, extensions and accessories, Google Chrome goes one step further with its own app store available right from within the browser. Many of these apps, including Dropbox, WordPress and Evernote also have apps for the mobile community at large, including iOS and android. They also are available as a web based feature as well. It is the fastest loading of all the browsers, and since it is available on every major OS, your bookmarks and links are also synced as well. One downfall is that it does not seem to display .tiff images. It, instead, displays the text associated with them. So web developers beware. This does not affect its popularity though, as it ranks #1 in all aspects except net applications. It is truly a team player and can be installed on any major device and OS.
It’s older brother, is Firefox. It is also the middle child of the Browser family. You may expect it, like Jan Brady to be ignored. Not this one. Infact, Firefox is second, only to IE in terms Net Application usage. usage. It is quick to start, easy to navigate and rarely has a crash issue. Whether it is on a PC, a Mac or a mobile device, this middle child is sure to be a favorite.
IE or Internet Explorer, barring Mosaic (precursor to Netscape) is the oldest of the Browser clan. Much like the oldest sibling of a human kind, this technically oldest brother can be a bit selfish. It’s Internet Explorer’s way or the highway. It only speaks one OS language; Windows. It attempts to laugh at the younger generation, but finds itself lacking in popularity to its baby brother in all aspects EXCEPT Net Applications usage. This may simply be an issue of re-education for users. It also does not play well with other OS’s and is un-available to anyone who is not a Microsoft Windows user.
Safari is the last of the major Browsers. It is the only Apple Only browser on the market. This may be what accounts for its low share, as Mac users are continuously like a cult of geeks and stay brand loyal to their G-d, “in Jobs do we trust”. It is a very bright and well put together browser with many of features pleasing to the user, including speed of both startup and navigation. It too is a middle child of the Browser clan, but like Firefox, it is certainly not neglected, as it is revered by the members of the Apple clan/cult. Its mobile versions are just as slick and popular.
So what is the conclusion ? According to stat counter, Google Chrome is #1 in the world. The moral; don’t mistake a minor as having no competitive value.