Richard Gnall

Web Browser Testing and Statistics

Testing 
Speed-Battle
Measures speed of JavaScript in your browser and shows a comparison to previous visitors. Results seem to fluctuate.
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.
Peace Keeper
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.
JavaScript Loop Timer
A simple page I created to time how long it takes to loop through a specified number of JavaScript iterations.
Browser Statistics 
Web browser statistics vary greatly depending on the web server and the subset of the Internet population it serves.
Stat Counter - Global Stats
One month to ten year market share time-lines for major browsers.
Net Market Share
One month to two year market share time-lines for major browsers.
W3Schools
Sixteen year history of Chrome, Edge/IE, Firefox, Safari and Opera.
BrowserNews
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.
Web Browsers 
Chrome
Now the world's most popular browser.
Mozilla
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 Thunderbird, and can be downloaded and run as stand alone applications.
Firefox
Once considered the browser to conquer Internet Explorer, that role has now been assumed by Chrome.
Opera
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.
Edge
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
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.