Firefox je pobijedio u ratu preglednika

firefox

Pogled na nedavni udio na tržištu za preglednike daje određeni uvid u to tko pobjeđuje i gubi ratove. Firefox nastavlja razvijati zamah, Safari puže prema gore, a Internet Explorer gubi tlo pod nogama. Želio bih prokomentirati tri s mojim 'teorijama' onoga što se događa.

Internet Explorer

  • Nakon uništenja Netscape Navigatora, IE je zaista postao zlatni standard mreže. Preglednik je bio jednostavan, funkcionalan i unaprijed učitan sa svim Microsoftovim proizvodima. Takođe, ActiveX je imao kratak fokus, zbog čega je većina ljudi trebala koristiti IE. Zašto koristiti više pregledača kada jedan od njih podržava sve različite standarde na webu? I sam sam bio IE korisnik kroz verziju 6.
  • Uz Internet Explorer 7, svijet web dizajna zaista je zastajao dah za pretraživač koji bi mogli dizajnirati za reagovanje u skladu s najnovijim tehnologijama kaskadnih tabela stilova. Nažalost, IE 7 je razočarao. Prilikom pregleda IE bloga, on zapravo nije bio ni na radaru dok pregledač nije bio beta i dok su vrišti tjeskobe dolazili iz industrije web dizajna. Neki razvoj u posljednji trenutak ispravio je neke probleme ... ali nedovoljno da usreći svijet dizajna. Zapamtite - mnogi u svijetu dizajna rade na Mac računalima ... nedostaje Internet Explorer. Ali, na njihovu nesreću, njihovi klijenti koriste Internet Explorer.
  • Ali nažalost, sa Internet Explorerom 7, Microsoft je radikalno promijenio interakciju između korisnika i klijenta. Za tehnofile poput mene neke su promjene bile nekako cool. Ali za netipičnog korisnika ... nemogućnost jednostavne navigacije preko vrha ekrana bila je i zbunjujuća i zbunjujuća. Počeli su da gledaju šta je još tamo. Firefox.

Tržišni udio u pretraživačima
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Firefox

  • Oponašajući opću funkcionalnost pregledača koja se vraća u Navigator, Firefox je postao lagano zamjensko rješenje za Internet Explorer. Za pobunjene Microsoftove anarhiste, Firefox je postao strast i počeo posuđivati ​​tržište.
  • Dodatna funkcionalnost poput izvrsnih dodataka za integraciju s drugim tehnologijama bila je fantastična blagodat za Firefox. Oni i dalje privlače programere i web dizajnere ... budući da Firefox ima robusno otklanjanje grešaka, kaskadni tabelu stilova i dodatke nezavisnih proizvođača koji razvoj i integraciju čine tonom lakšim.
  • Tržište se takođe mijenja. ActiveX je sve samo mrtav, a Ajax je u porastu, pozajmljujući se pregledačima poput Firefoxa. Tehnički nema razloga da se Internet Explorer koristi u sve ove dane. Ako IE to može, Firefox to može i bolje. Ažuriranja za Windows nekada su bila potrebna za pregledač, ali sada se mogu učitati i instalirati bez njega.
  • Firefox nije napustio svoju upotrebljivost i izgled kao Microsoft sa IE 7, olakšavajući korisnicima lakši i lakši prelazak na Firefox sa IE 6. Elegantan je, brz i bešavan.

safari

  • S nedavnim prodorom Maca na tržište domaćih računara ... to više nije PC za univerzitete, žene i djecu. Moj novi Mac pokreće OSX, Windows XP (uz Parallels) i mogu pokretati svaki pregledač na planeti za dizajn i razvoj. S unaprijed instaliranim Safarijem, nema sumnje da on dobiva udio jer Mac računari dobivaju udio. Moje predviđanje je da će Safari ipak izgubiti od Firefoxa.

opera

  • Slatki momak na tržištu, Opera se zatvara na Mobile Marketu. Njihov mobilni pregledač podržava JavaScript (sjetite se kako se Ajax i Rich Internet Applications premještaju u sliku), što ga čini savršenim pretraživačem za mobilne tehnofile. Mislim da ovo takođe gradi ponašanje kod ljudi da je sada u redu odmaknuti se od Microsofta. Sada je manje straha od odlaska.

Microsoft se mora osjećati prilično ugroženo - ali to je zaista njihova krivica. Eliminirali su svaku potrebu za vlastitim preglednikom, otuđenim korisnicima, otuđenim dizajnerima, otuđenim programerima, I sada dopuštaju drugima da ih preuzmu u drugim vertikalama (mobilnim).

Internet Explorer se zaista jednostavno uništava. Nisam siguran gdje je njihov fokus na kupcima uopće.

Uz to, evo mog vrha sedmice. Isprobajte Firefox. Za programere, pogledajte neke od izvanrednih dodataka za razvoj CSS-a i JavaScript-a. Za dizajnere, pogledajte koliko vam je malo potrebno da biste "podesili" svoje stranice za Firefox. Za korisnike otvorite Firefox prvi put i isključite ga i pokrenite. Evo savjeta:

  • Nakon što preuzmete i instalirate Firefox, idite na Dodaci odjeljak i preuzmite ga do mile volje. Za sve koji to rade, volio bih da koristite preglednik dvije sedmice, a zatim se vratite na moju stranicu i javite mi što ste mislili.

Već sam više od deset godina tip Microsofta, pa nisam basher. Međutim, osjećao sam se primoranim uskočiti i razgovarati o strateškom neredu u koji je IE tim zaista ušao.

17 Komentari

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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!

    Thanks, Paul!

    Paul has a great blog over at:
    http://pdandrea.wordpress.com/

  4. 4

    Salam

    I am totally agree that Firefox is gonna beat IE 7 or onwards….

    Reason for beating is that Firefox Plugins and Firefox Add-ons.

    I think in July 2007, IE will stand on 35%

    Da.

  5. 5
  6. 6

    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

      Hi 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.

      Thanks for visiting… and for commenting!
      Doug

  7. 8

    Firefox crossed the 400-million downloads mark and, hopefully, will go further. Alternatives are always a way of progress.
    But the winning the browser war… still to early for that.

  8. 9

    I have used IE for years, continue to use it and frankly am unimpressed with the user-level advantages of Firefox. I suspect that the vast majority of users could care less. I agree with you, however, that the changes to IE 7 were a bit confusing.

  9. 10

    Zdravo Douglas,

    I agree with your thoughs on IE7 and being a web designer, I was let down with a few things when IE7 was released. I’m currently in the process of building a new website and I’ve come across some issues with divs but nothing major (thus far). I’ve only used IE7 minimally but I was expecting a huge jump from 6.0 in reference to CSS support, etc.

    I’ve been a Firefox user for years and have recruited quite a few new users along the way. I think the thing that most attracts me, and a lot of other FF users, is the fact that it’s extremely web designer/developer friendly and the customization drives it. I think IE will continue to plummet and I think Microsoft will need a miracle at this point. The momentum that Firefox has gained and Safari is slowly gaining, is outdoing IE and the fact that they keep falling short on producing a web standards compliant browser, isn’t helping them in the least.

    Us web designers can only give them so many chances 😛

  10. 11

    These comments are rather misleading. According to the most recent stats I’ve seen IE’s share has “plummeted” from 85.88% worldwide share for Q4 2005 to 78.5% for Q3 2007. That’s a drop of 7.3% in about two years.

    Meanwhile, Firefox has zoomed from 9% to 14.6% in the same time period. That’s an increase of 5.6% in roughly two years.

    Safari has gone from 3.1% to 4.77% – an increase that is hardly worth talking about.

    Yes Firefox is gaining on IE, but IE still apparently has more than 5x the users.

    These stats are from Wikipedia “Usage_share_of_web_browsers” and of course could be biased one way or another.

    Apparently most of the world doesn’t care what web designers think. I would think we should design for the masses rather than worrying about our own personal preferences.

    • 12

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

      I agree with you, but there’s a cautionary tale to not caring what web designers think… and that’s that web design will continue to be an expensive venture when you have to design outside of standards to appease that 85.88% market share!

      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.

      Hvala još jednom!

  11. 13

    It’s always a priority to design for the masses but the fact that Microsoft isn’t following suit with everyone else, makes our jobs that much more difficult. I find myself sometimes having to write entirely separate style sheets just for IE alone and that’s time-consuming. It doesn’t mean anything to the average user. It’s just frustrating when the browser that leads the pack is the one that is the least web standards compliant.

    I find myself having to do the same thing, Douglas. I have to put my Javascript in includes or separate JS files that are linked to my pages. Injecting it directly into my markup has a tendency to make things go haywire.

  12. 14

    Zdravo Douglas,
    I have no argument with your concerns from the designer point of view, although I’m not sure why you would be concerned that you can charge people more for your services. Is it that people are not prepared to pay for it? Obviously these are technical issues that have to be overcome.

    I just take issue with the suggestion that there is a massive movement away from IE. The stats (as far as I can tell) do not support that claim, in spite of all the designers and SEOs who claim otherwise and who endlessly promote FF. Whether they should be promoting it is another question, and you may be entirely correct about that.

    As I mentioned in my comment, my source was Wikipedia – not the most impressive sounding source, but the numbers look pretty thorough…

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

    stog

    • 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.

  13. 16

    I used to be a programmer and web developer. In 2003 I was in an accident and hit my head. Writing code is now too much for me, so now I am just an ordinary joe..lol

    Anyways, I have been using Linux since like 1996 (remember Caldera-when you had to let it download itself for 2 days..lol). Web browsers were never great for it before Firefox. When Firefox came out, it was the greatest thing for Linux users (Thunderbird too). Since Microcrap has always screwed Linux users, they shot themselves in the foot. I remember Firefox/Thunderbird becoming the top internet suite for Linux easily. It’s not bulky, and you can put whatever extensions you like (adblockl!). Thus, it is as light or heavy as you make it. No unwanted parts at all. The tabs are cool and small.

    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!).

    Recently, my pc restarted overnight, and I had this ALIEN looking fat toolbar with HUGE tabs that won’t go away. The friggin tool bars take up 1/5 of the damned screen! I HATED it! Everyone else here hated it too. Where’s the STOP button? Nobody wants to have the browser take up so much space! Massive tabs, even when there’s only 1 page!!
    What about the web page? You cannot even see it because all you see is BROWSER! It is so distracting, that I could not stand it. Microsoft conveniently has NO place to complain either. What a pile of garbled junk. My screen resolution is set at 1152×864 and I cannot imagine what it would look like at 800×6000! Would I even be able to see the page?

    So 2 thumbs down for IE7! Everyone hates it, and it is the death of IE. Funny, they had an ok browser, but by copying Firefox, they now have junk. I mean.. what is all that crap on the toolbars, and where’s the rest of the buttons??

    So, thanks Microsoft, you have done yourself in at last! I now spend a lot of time explaining to others who call and ask why their browser is suddenly awful and complex, and help them uninstall IE7! Nobody wants it!

    Živjeli!
    -Jf

  14. 17

    I think your right Mr. Blog man, I to have been using Firefox on my computer for over a year now and have not looked back since. Anyone who knows anything about computer software can tell you that Firefox is the superior browser hands down. I have never tried the Thunderbird software because the Outlook 2007 in Office Enterprise is very nice and works great for me. Why change it if is ain’t broke. IE 6-7 is broken though, anytime I work on a friends, family, online buddy, or just a person who wants help I always install or tell them to get Firefox. It’s a no brainer in my book.

    I just want to know why Microsoft thought they were releasing a superior browser, are they totally inept to the world around them? Is it because they think their software is so wonderful that people will just use it anyway? Or is it because Microsoft was raking in billions a day and they said “forget the consumer we don’t care what they think” so they just about forced a worthless and unresponsive browser on market. Idiots! Its not like I have a junky computer, IE runs like crap on any system. It has to be in the software code or something.

    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.

    Great Article!

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