We are at a turning point in history … no … maybe it’s better to say “are we at a turning point in history?”.
For the first time, during the past week, the Google Chrome browser has surpassed all other browsers for overall circulation (source: StatCounter Global Stats), with the use of Internet Explorer dropping and Mozilla Firefox more or less stable.
The excessive “Microsoftization” (i.e.: allergy to standards) of Internet Explorer has begun to penalize Microsoft. Firefox has always been a better choice in terms of web compliance, as it was the browser that most adhered to the html and xml standard, but it has now been overtake (only just) by Chrome.
But the war is not over!
Many users have Chrome, but it takes up so much memory space and has a silent update system that is not appreciated by many users who do not want to risk having their privacy violated by a company like Google, who have made navigation preferences and searches by users their daily bread.
On a technical note, however: when navigating with a single-tab Internet Explorer is by far the browser that takes up less memory (46 Mb) followed by Safari and Opera. Chrome and Firefox close the rankings with 63 and 89 Mb respectively.
Whereas if we consider serious surfing, with 40 tabs open at once, the winner is Safari with 724 Mb followed by Firefox with 910. Bringing up the rear in this case is Internet Explorer with 1778 Mb.
From the point of view of websites and web solution developers: please, please come to some kind of agreement and give us a single standard! We are tired of having to fiddle for hours with CSS to obtain maximum compatibility.