Web Browser Testing and Statistics
BaseMark Web 3.0
Benchmark testing of twenty different graphics rendering technologies: Bitwise, WebGL, Shader Pipeline, Draw-call, Geometry, Canvas, SVG, jQuery, AngularJS, Backbone.js, DOM, CSS, HTML5.
Five minute speed test of HTML element rendering, math methods and DOM updating, 2D and 3D graphics rendering, playback of various video codecs, and multitasking.
Web browser statistics vary greatly depending on the web server and the subset of the Internet population it serves.
Net Market Share
One month to two year market share time-lines for major browsers.
Sixteen year history of Chrome, Edge/IE, Firefox, Safari and Opera.
Browser usage statistics grouped by browser engine: Gecko, Presto, Trident(IE) & Edge, WebKit/KHTML.
Browser & OS Sniffing
A simple page I created to display details of the operating system and browser used to view the page.
Now the world's most popular browser.
Mozilla is an open source development project similar to Linux. Previously managed by Netscape (later versions of Netscape were based on Mozilla) and then by AOL, it was spun off as the Mozilla Foundation in July, 2003. Mozilla was initially a full fledged Internet application consisting of a browser, HTML editor, email client, and newsreader. The browser and email components were eventually spun off as Firefox
, and can be downloaded and run as stand alone applications.
Once considered the browser to conquer Internet Explorer, that role has now been assumed by Chrome
Opera claims to fully support the latest W3C standards and will sometimes refuse to display non-compliant webpages. Created by a Norwegian company, this browser, while gaining ground in Europe, has captured only 1 - 2% of the world wide market share. It does however, offer features not found in other browsers.
Microsoft's most recent browser - available on Windows, iOS and Android. Syncs across multiple devices.
Printing capability is inferior to the older Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer for Windows
Download the latest release of Internet Explorer. IE has been supplanted by Microsoft Edge
as the default browser on the latest Microsoft Operating systems.
Although many people believe that Microsoft's draconian business practices are solely responsible for the downfall of the Netscape browser, website developers knew that Internet Explorer was the superior browser at the time, both from a user and design standpoint.
IE has had a history of security problems. In June, 2004, US-CERT
(United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team), concerned about continuing MSIE security problems, recommended that people stop using Microsoft Internet Explorer and switch to a different browser. Recent versions of IE are now more secure.
Internet Explorer for Mac OS
Microsoft discontinued support for Internet Explorer for MAC on December 31, 2005. Although still available for download from non Microsoft websites, it is too old to support modern websites.
Lynx is a text browser for the World Wide Web. Lynx 2.8.7 runs on Un*x, MacOS, VMS, Windows 95/98/NT, DOS386+ (but not 3.1, 3.11), as well as OS/2 EMX.
This is an important browser to consider when designing for blind and visually impaired viewers who surf the web with the aid of a speech synthesizer.