Taking a look at recent market share for browsers provides some insight into who is winning and losing the wars. Firefox continues to build momentum, Safari is creeping upwards, and Internet Explorer is losing ground. I'd like to comment on the three with my ‘theories' of what is occurring.
Initoneti tagata suʻe nuʻu
- Ina ua maeʻa faʻaleagaina le Netscape Navigator, ua avea IE ma faʻailoga auro o le upega. O le masini suʻesuʻe sa faigofie, aoga, ma muamua na uta i uma oloa Microsoft. Faʻapea foi, ActiveX sa i ai se puʻupuʻu malamalama, manaʻomia tele tagata e faʻaaoga IE. Aisea e faʻaaoga ai le tele o suʻesuʻega ae o se tasi o latou e lagolagoina uma tulaga eseʻese i luga ole upega tafailagi? O aʻu lava o se IE faʻaaoga e ala i le faʻamatalaga 6.
- With Internet Explorer 7, the web design world was really holding its breath for a browser that they could design for that would react in accordance with the latest technologies of Cascading Style Sheets. Unfortunately, IE 7 disappointed. In reviewing the IE Blog, it really wasn't even on the radar until the browser was beta and the screams of anguish came from the web design industry. Some last minute development corrected some of the issues… but not enough to make the design world happy. Remember – many in the design world are operating on Macs… lacking Internet Explorer. But, unfortunately for them, their clients do use Internet Explorer.
- Ae talofa, ma le Internet Explorer 7, ua suia e Microsoft le fesootaiga i le va o le tagata faaaoga ma le tagata o tausia. Mo tekinolosi pei o aʻu, o nisi o suiga na agalelei. Ae mo le tagata faʻaoga faʻafuaseʻi… o le le mafai ona faʻataʻamilo i le pito i luga o le laupepa sa matua fenumiai ma le mautonu foi. Na amata ona latou tilotilo i leisi mea o loʻo i fafo atu. Firefox.
Matagofie mai http://marketshare.hitslink.com/
- Faʻafoliga lautele browser galuegaa e toe foi i Navigator, Firefox avea ma mama fesuiaʻi fofo i le Internet Explorer. Mo le fouvale o Microsoft anarchists, na avea Firefox ma tuinanau ma amata ona nonoina le maketi.
- O isi faʻaaogaina e pei o plugins maoaʻe mo le tuʻufaʻatasia ma isi tekonolosi sa avea ma se mea lelei tele i le Firefox. O loʻo faʻaauau pea ona latou faʻatosina mai tagata faufautua ma tagata fai upega tafailagi… talu ai ona o le Firefox e malosi lona faʻateʻaina, Cascading Style Sheet, ma isi vaega plug-ins e faʻafaigofie ai le atinaʻeina ma tuʻufaʻatasia se tone.
- The market is changing as well. ActiveX is all but dead and Ajax is on the rise, lending itself to browsers like Firefox. There's technically no reason to use Internet Explorer at all these days. If IE can do it, Firefox can do it better. Windows Updates used to require the browser, but now they can be loaded and installed without it.
- Firefox hasn't abandoned it's usability and layout like Microsoft did with IE 7, making it easier for users to transition to Firefox from IE 6 simply and easily. It's elegant, swift, and seamless.
- With Mac's recent push into the home PC market… it's not the PC for Universities, Women and Children anymore. My new Mac runs OSX, Windows XP (with Parallels) and I can run every browser on the planet to design and develop to. With Safari preloaded, no doubt it's gaining share since Macs are gaining share. My prediction is that Safari will lose out to Firefox, though.
Microsoft must feel quite threatened – but it's really their own fault. They've eliminated any need for their own browser, alienated users, alienated designers, alienated developers, AND they are now allowing others to take them on in other verticals (mobile).
Internet Explorer is really simply self-destructing. I'm not sure where their customer focus is at all.
- A uma ona e download ma faʻatu le Firefox, alu i le Faaopoopo-ons section and download to your heart's content. For anyone who does this, I would love you to use the browser for two weeks and then return to my site and let me know what you thought.
I've been a Microsoft guy for over a decade now, so I'm not a lalo. Ae ui i lea, na ou lagona le faamalosia e laa i totonu ma talanoaina le faʻaletonu le lelei o le IE 'au na faia moni lava i latou i totonu.