If you remember the browser war of the 1990s (before the search engine optimization even existed ) between Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator then you know how vicious it got. And you also know who won. Well, I think we are now entering the next browser war. Call it Browser War 2.0. Here are the players
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Chrome
So far, the major players are Firefox and IE. Most people are using Internet Explorer, but there is a growing interest in Firefox and the more familiar people become with browsing the web and building web business the more popular Firefox becomes. Firefox is used by the development community in large measure because of its open source nature and ability to adapt to development application environments.
The social web has spawned Flock, a new kind of browser based on social networking and social development applications. The new IE (now in beta) – Internet Explorer 8 – has some new features that take browsing the web to a whole new level. I see other browsers adopting those and going beyond very soon, Firefox being the primary one.
Some of the cool features that IE8 showcases:
- InPrivate Browsing
- Search Suggestions
- Web Slices
- Compatibility View
I think privacy browsing and social browsing are going to be at the forefront of this new war. It will be difficult to achieve both privacy and a strong social presence through your browser. Flock, for instance, might be popular among social media mavens, but how will privacy will they enjoy? I can see Firefox, and even Google Chrome, taking some of these new IE8 features and incorporating them along with more social browsing capability. We have entered an exciting new era with the web browser and I’m looking forward to seeing who wins the new browser war. Who do you think it will be?