ExtremeTech: Which New Browser Is Best: Firefox 2, Internet Explorer 7, or Opera 9?
Jul 19, 2006, 18:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael W. Muchmore)
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"For a long time, there was nothing to talk about in web
browsers. You used Internet Explorer, and that was it. Oh, to be
sure, some Mozilla/Netscape holdouts clung to their ways, as did a
smattering of users of Opera, Konqueror, and other obscurities.
Internet Explorer itself hasn't had a major version change since
the release of 6.0 in 2001, so there wasn't much to talk about
there, either for five long years.
"That's all changed, thanks to that phoenixlike incarnation of
Netscape technology, Firefox. In one year, the open-source darling
Firefox has pulled within a dead heat of browser the browser
popularity crown, at least on the ExtremeTech site, where each
browser claims just over 43 percent of our viewers. This spurred
Microsoft to leave off its complacency, and serious development of
the formerly dominant browser restarted in earnest..."