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Browser Wars Hot Up; Who Cares?

Recent reports highlight Internet Explorer’s drop in percentage of internet users. Given the huge war between Mozilla and IE, it sounds like big news, but is it?

These days I don’t think browsers are as important. The innovation in one is rapidly copied to another. The UI differences between Firefox, IE, Safari and Chrome are minimal. Each of them does a good job of rendering standards based HTML, CSS and Javascript.

Each vendor has a use for their browser. Microsoft has a component version of IE it can embed in most of Windows. Apple has a component version of Safari that it can use across Mac OS X and iPhone OS. Google’s browser is optimized to run Google’s style of application. Firefox is a great platform for building browsers, while also being a browser.

The important thing today is to own a destination worth browsing to. And that is a much harder challenge.