Ua manumalo Firefox i le Browser War

firefox

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.

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Firefox

  • 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.

safari

  • 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.

Opera

  • The li'l guy on the market, Opera is closing in on the Mobile Market. Their mobile browser supports JavaScript (remember Ajax and Rich Internet Applications moving into the picture), making it the perfect browser for the mobile technophile. I think this is also building a behavior within folks that it's now okay to move away from Microsoft. There's less fear of leaving now.

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.

With that, here's my tip of the week. Give Firefox a try. For the developers, take a look at some of the remarkable plugins for CSS and JavaScript development. For the designers, take a look at how little you need to ‘tweak' your pages for Firefox. For users, you'll open Firefox the first time and be off and running. Here's the tip:

  • 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.

17 Faamatalaga

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    I agree that there’s no reason to use IE anymore, but unfortunately the world is still full of internet novices who don’t know any better. Hopefully word of mouth will change that eventually.

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    I’ve been a happy user of Firefox for several years now. I feel in love with it because of the countless extensions, and the increased security over Internet Explorer.

    When I got my new MacBook Pro earlier this year, I tried out Safari for a few weeks, but ended up going back to Firefox. The options for customization are almost limitless. In the past year, I have successfully converted my entire family (and most of my friends) to Firefox.

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    Paul didn’t want to embarrass me – but you’ll notice I edited my phobias to philes! Good catch from Paul who was nice enough to email me! Folks who know me know I’m an expert at hosing up English. It’s truly a friend who will save you from embarrassing yourself!

    Faʻafetai, Paul!

    E iai le blog manaia a Paul i le:
    http://pdandrea.wordpress.com/

  4. 4

    Salam

    Ou te matua ioe o le Firefox o le a sasa le IE 7 pe agaʻi atu i luma….

    Mafuaʻaga mo le sasaina o le Firefox Plugins ma Firefox Add-ons.

    Ou te manatu ia Iulai 2007, IE o le a tu i luga 35%

    Ioe.

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    I installed IE7 on my desktop computr and it worked fine after I fiddled with it some but when I installed it on my laptop, it brought everything to a halt. If I hadn’t found that the program (without any add-ons) was also included with my programs under accessories I wouldn’t be able to get on at all.

    I am concerned, I do banking online and am not sure that I can use Foxfire. I would love to try but I need more info.

    • 7

      Talofa Alta,

      Modern online banking is cross-browser compliant. The concern would be for supporting SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), that’s an encrypted means of communicating data between your browser and the bank’s online servers. Firefox fully supports SSL just as IE does with no limitations. The most obvious way of knowing you’re utilizing SSL is that you’re at an https:// address instead of http://. However, both IE and Firefox (and Opera and Safari) also have visual indicators and verification processes that the SSL certificate and encryption are valid and working properly.

      In other words – you should not have any issues. Of course it never hurts to check your bank’s “Support” page to see if they support Firefox. You’ll really find it a nice browser – very quick with a lot of extra goodies.

      Faʻafetai mo le asiasi mai ... ma mo le faia o manatu!
      Doug

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    Na kolosi e le Firefox le 400-miliona faʻailoga na maua mai ma, talosia ia e alu atili. Suiga o taimi uma o se auala o le alualu i luma.
    Ae o le manumalo i le browser browser… e tatau lava ona vave mo lena.

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    Na ou faʻaaogaina IE mo le tele o tausaga, faʻaauau pea ona faʻaaoga ma faʻamaoni loʻu le fiafia i le tulaga lelei o le Firefox o le tagata faʻaaoga. Ou te masalo o le toʻatele o tagata faʻaoga e ono le popole tele. Peitai, ou te ioe faatasi ma oe, o suiga i le IE 7 ua fai lava sina fenumiai.

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    Talofa Douglas,

    Ou te ioe i ou manatu i luga o le IE7 ma le avea ai o se 'upega tafaʻilagi tisaini, na ou tuʻuina i lalo ma ni nai mea ina ua tatala IE7. O loʻo ou galue nei ile fausiaina o se upega tafailagi fou ma ua ou oʻo atu i nisi o faʻafitauli ma divs ae leai se mea tele (oʻo mai nei). Naʻo loʻu faʻaaogaina ole IE7 ae na ou faʻamoemoe e oso tele mai le 6.0 e faʻasino i le lagolago a le CSS, etc.

    Sa avea aʻu ma se tagata faʻaaoga Firefox i le tele o tausaga ma sa ou mauaina ni nai tagata fou i le ala. Ou te manatu o le mea e sili ona tosina mai ai aʻu, ma le tele o isi tagata e faʻaaoga FF, o le mea moni e matua sili ona lelei web designer / atinaʻe faʻauo ma o le aganuu tulia ai. Ou te manatu o le a faʻaauau pea ona pa'ū IE ma ou te manatu o le a manaʻomia e Microsoft se vavega i lenei taimi. O le malosiaga na maua e Firefox ma o Safari o loʻo faifai malie ona maua, o loʻo sili atu i fafo atu o le IE ma le mea moni o loʻo latou paʻu'ū puʻupuʻu i le fausiaina o se tulaga faʻatonutonu tulaga lelei o le upega tafaʻilagi, e le fesoasoani ia i latou i se mea laititi.

    I matou 'upega tafaʻilagi tisaina mafai na ona tuʻuina atu ia latou tele avanoa 😛

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    O nei manatu e tau faʻasese. E tusa ai ma faʻamatalaga talu ai nei na ou vaʻaia ai le faʻasoa a le IE, ua "paʻu" mai le 85.88% sea i le lalolagi atoa mo le Q4 2005 i le 78.5% mo le Q3 2007. O se paʻu e 7.3% i le tusa o le lua tausaga.

    I le taimi nei, Firefox ua zoom mai 9% i le 14.6% i le tutusa taimi vaitaimi. Ole faʻaopopoga lea ole 5.6% ile lata ile lua tausaga.

    Safari na alu ese mai le 3.1% i le 4.77% - o se faʻaopoopoga e tau le aoga ona talanoaina.

    Ioe Firefox o loʻo mauaina i luga ole IE, ae o IE e foliga mai e sili atu ma le 5x tagata faʻaoga.

    Nei fuainumera mai Wikipedia "Usage_share_of_web_browsers" ma o le mea moni mafai ona faʻaituʻau se tasi auala po o le isi.

    E foliga mai o le toʻatele o le lalolagi e le popole poʻo le a le manatu o tagata fai upega tafailagi. Ou te manatu e tatau ona tatou fuafuaina mo le toatele nai lo le popole e uiga ia tatou lava filifiliga.

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      Thanks Rick! Could we ask where your sources are regarding the stats?

      Ou te ioe faatasi ma oe, ae o loʻo i ai le lapataʻiga tala e aua le amanaʻiaina manatu web mamanu… ma o lena 'upega tafaʻilagi tisaini o le a faʻaauau ona avea ma se taugata taumafaiga pe a tatau ona e mamanuina i fafo atu o tulaga faʻamalieina e faʻapea ai le 85.88% sea maketi!

      I am working on a site right now that looks perfect in FF and Safari, but IE totally garbles it… the problem? I have JavaScript within the page’s content and that’s what’s moving graphics that are 100% CSS Driven! Now I have to put all the script in an include – which won’t allow the page to load gracefully, so I have to add more code to ‘preload’ items.

      Faafetai toe!

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    E masani lava ona ave le faʻamuamua i le fuafuaina mo le toatele ae o le mea moni e leʻo mulimuli Microsoft ma isi tagata uma, faia a matou galuega e sili atu ona faigata. O nisi taimi ou te manaʻo ai e tusi eseʻese laupepa faʻaopoopo mo naʻo IE lava ia ma e umi se taimi. E leai se uiga i se mea i le averesi tagata faʻaaoga. E na o le le fiafia pe a fai o le suʻesuʻe e taʻitaʻia le ato o le tasi lea e sili ona laʻititi le tausisia o tulaga o uepisaite

    Ou te iloa e tatau ona ou faia le mea e tasi, Douglas. E tatau ona ou tuʻu laʻu Javascript e aofia ai pe tuueseese faila JS o loʻo fesoʻotaʻi i aʻu itulau. O le tuʻu sao i totonu o laʻu faʻailoga o loʻo i ai se uiga e faʻagafua ai mea.

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    Talofa Douglas,
    E leai saʻu finauga ma ou atugaluga mai le tisaini manatu, e ui lava ou te le o mautinoa pe aisea e te popole ai ona e mafai ona e totogia tagata sili atu mo lau tautua. E le o sauni tagata e totogi mo ia? E manino lava o mea faʻapitoa ia e tatau ona faʻatoʻilaloina.

    E na ona ou aveina faʻafitauli ma le fautuaga o loʻo i ai se gaioiga tele ese mai IE. O fuainumera (i le mamao e mafai ona ou iloa) e le lagolagoina lena tagi, e ui lava i tagata mamanu uma ma SEO oe fai mai se isi mea ma o latou faʻalauiloaina FF. Pe e tatau ona latou faʻalauiloaina o se isi fesili, ma oe ono aʻoaʻi atoatoa e uiga i lena.

    E pei ona ou taʻua i laʻu faamatalaga, o le mea na ou maua ai o Wikipedia - e le o se leo e sili ona manaia, ae o numera e foliga mai e matua maeʻaeʻa…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers

    Rick

    • 15

      You’re probably correct on both issues, Rick. I would argue that IE continues to have a major share of the market because it’s part of the Operating System, though. If it were download for download and a fair choice, I really do believe that FF would be kicking their butts.

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    Sa masani ona avea aʻu ma polokalame faʻapolokalameina ma fai upega tafailagi. I le 2003 sa ou i ai i se faalavelave ma lavea ai loʻu ulu. O le tusitusi numera ua tele naua mo aʻu, o lenei ua naʻo aʻu o se masani joe..lol

    Ae ui i lea, sa ou faʻaaogaina lava le Linux talu mai le 1996 (manatua Caldera-ina ua e faʻataga ona download ia lava mo 2 aso..lol). 'Upega tafaʻilagi e leʻi lelei tele muamua ile Firefox. Ina ua sau i fafo Firefox, o le sili sili mea mo Linux tagata faʻaoga (Thunderbird foi). Talu ai o Microcrap e masani ona mimilo Linux tagata faʻaaoga, na latou fanaina latou lava i latou i le vae. Ou te manatuaina Firefox / Thunderbird avea ma pito i luga initaneti suite mo Linux faigofie. E le lapoʻa, ma e mafai ona e tuʻuina soʻo se faʻaopoopoga e te manaʻo ai (adblockl!). O lea, e mama pe mamafa pei ona e faia. E leai se vaega manaʻomia. O tapuni e malulu ma laiti.

    I am presently using Windows xp, because the ‘others’ here unfortunately made it a condition of buying this pc, so ‘they’ could use it (idiots). That is why I instantly downloaded firefox/thunderbird. When I used Windows again, I HATED Outlook express, and still wanted Firefox back, with my extensions (I even saved all the config. files and my bookmarks from Linux, and imported them into Winxp!).

    Talu ai nei, na toe faʻaola ai laʻu pc i le po, ma na ou vaʻaia lenei ALIEN e suʻe gaʻoa mea faigaluega ma lapisi tetele e le alu ese. O le friggin mea faʻamau faʻatutuina 1/5 o le malaia laupepa! NA OU 'inoʻino i ai! Tagata uma iinei 'inoʻino i ai foi. O fea le faʻamau STOP? E leai se tasi e manaʻo e ave e le browser le tele o avanoa! Masini tetele, tusa lava pe na o le 1 itulau !!
    Ae faʻafefea le itulau itulau i luga ole laiga? E le mafai ona e vaʻai iai aua na o le BROWSER! E matua faʻalavelave lava, ua le mafai ai ona ou tatalia. E faigofie lava i Microsoft ona leai se mea e faitio ai. Se faaputuga o lapisi lapisi. Ua seti laʻu mataala i le 1152 × 864 ma e le mafai ona ou vaai faalemafaufau pe faapeʻi le 800 × 6000! Mata e mafai ona ou vaʻai i le itulau?

    Lea 2 thumbs i lalo mo IE7! Tagata uma inoino i ai, ma o le oti o IE. Malie, sa i ai sa latou browser lelei, ae o le kopiina o le Firefox, ua i ai nei a latou mea leaga. Ou te fai atu .. o a uma mea na faʻapipiʻi i luga o mea faigaluega, ma o fea o totoe o faʻamau ??

    Ma, faʻafetai Microsoft, ua e faia oe lava i le mulimuli! O lea ua ou faʻaaluina le tele o taimi e faʻamatala ai i isi e vili mai ma fesili pe aisea ua faʻafuaseʻi ai ona mataga ma lavelave a latou browser, ma fesoasoani ia latou e aveese le IE7! E leai se tasi e manaʻo iai!

    Manuia!
    -Jf

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    Ou te manatu o lau saʻo Mr. Blog man, na ou faʻaaogaina le Firefox i luga o laʻu komipiuta mo le sili atu i le tausaga nei ma ou te leʻi toe tepa i tua talu mai lena taimi. Soo se tasi na te iloa se mea e uiga i komipiuta komipiuta mafai ona taʻu atu ia te oe o Firefox o le sili browser suʻega i lalo. Ou te leʻi faʻataʻitaʻia lava le polokalama Thunderbird aua o le Outlook 2007 i le Office Enterprise e sili ona lelei ma e aoga tele mo aʻu. Aisea suia ai pe afai e le o malepe. IE 6-7 ua malepe ae, soʻo se taimi ou te galue ai i se uo, aiga, uo i luga o le initaneti, pe naʻo se tagata e manaʻomia le fesoasoani ou te masani ona faʻapipiʻi pe taʻu atu ia latou e maua Firefox. E leai se faiʻai i laʻu tusi.

    Naʻo loʻu fia iloa pe aisea na manatu ai Microsoft ua latou faʻasaʻolotoina se sili atu browser, o latou matua le malamalama i le lalolagi o siomia ai i latou? E mafua ona latou latou manatu latou polokalama e matua matagofie o lea o le a faʻaaoga ai pea tagata? Poʻo le mafuaʻaga ona o Microsoft na piliona piliona i le aso ma latou fai mai "galo le tagata faʻatau matou te le popole i le mea latou te mafaufau i ai" o lea na latou faʻamalosia ai le leai se aoga ma le tali atu browser luga maketi. Le amio valea! E le pei o ia te aʻu se komepiuta lapisi, IE tamoʻe pei o lapisi i soʻo se polokalama. E tatau ona i ai i le polokalama polokalama poʻo se mea.

    Just for fun I loaded it up today just to see if it had improved by some miracle (nope) still sucks. Then I said to myself “Why, why does it run like that” so I searched (Why does Internet Explorer load so slowly) and of course I used the Google home page search on Firefox. I ended up here after following a link from another site with an article like this on it. I got side tracked so I still don’t have my answer yet. Go Firefox Go! Kick Bill Gates in the nuts for us all one time each per person continuously. I will note one draw back to FF though, it is bad about memory consumption. Easily fixed thought, a quick, not slow restart will fix that.

    Sili Tusitusiga!

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