I had an itch and searched for web archives. I found archives of a Mac-site I used to run back in 2000-2001 called Macxcess.com when I was based in London. It was once rated within the Top 30 of Mac sites in the world. Sadly, I grew busy and the longer I stopped writing, the harder it became to write and maintain the site. Shame really, as it had a pretty good following and my updates were on Macsurfer.com. The post below was one of the first I wrote. Some links may be redundant as this was 9 years ago! Will be posting a couple more, just so I don’t lose my archives again!
Browser Wars are here again!
Yup, you heard it. The browser wars are back, albeit with different participants. Remember the early days when Netscape – the Goliath, ruled the browser universe and Internet Explorer – the David, was just an infant taking its first teeny step? (towards mass monopoly that is). Well, things have changed mostly.Netscape, whilst still hanging on, is pretty much out of favour these days. The un-Mac Netscape 6 with all its promise of standards compliance and all that jazz didn’t help its market share. Some question Netscape’s relevance now although there are still loyal users around especially on other platforms like Linux.
I still have my trusty IE 5.1.1 loaded as my primary browser in OS X as it gives me less errors at the moment. Speedwise, it’s hard to tell. Perception supercedes the statistics really. Personally, I feel both are about the equal in speed. I have yet to try out iCab, although have played with the betas pre-OS X days. Can’t say much about it at the moment.
I will leave the feature-by-feature comparisons to a later time.
It is undeniable that the browser wars are back, and the competition is healthy. All browsers concerned aren’t exactly bug-free but it is important to note that their respective developers are working their asses off to improve them.
And for us users, this can only be a good thing.