The Future of Web Browsing

Album Cover: Plans

"And it came to me then that every plan is a tiny prayer to Father Time."
Death Cab / What Sarah Said

Posted on September 30, 2004 11:33 AM in Browsers
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I was happy to see this morning that C|Net has a special section of their site dedicated to Internet Explorer, and more importantly, the future of Web browsing.

The first article, IE--embraced, extended, extinct?, raises several key points regarding what may be in store for the future of IE:

"When we started Avalon back in 2001, we wanted to break the distinction of whether something was running inside the browser or outside," Microsoft's [Michael] Wallent said.

"If another company like Google can deliver rich applications on the browser and be cross-platform, that's something to reckon with," [Paul] Colton said. "That gets Microsoft back where they started" with the original browser wars.

"...The only conclusion I can come to is that the browser is not the important platform to them that it once was." [Stephen O'Grady]

An article titled Planning to dump IE? Think again raises the point that even those who have switched to alternative browsers are often forced to keep IE around in order to perform critical functions like updating their operating system.

IE gaps that need to be plugged does a good job of pointing out the major features that Internet Explorer lacks in comparison to its alternatives, such as tabbed browsing, live bookmarks, up-to-date CSS support, and support for PNG technology — i.e., the usual suspects.

Have the browser wars been reignited? gives a run down on the options Web surfers have in terms of the Web browser they use, and finally, Views of IE's competition provides several screenshots side by side of the vastly different "dash boards" of those alternatives.

Anyone interested in Web browsers should take the time to read those articles. Reading them only made me more curious about what the future of Web browsing will look like.


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