The Browser Wars Have BegunIn the future, the most important piece of software on any computer will be the web browser. This single piece of software will be responsible for the majority of operations as applications move to a cloud computing format. The creators of web browser programs all know about this upcoming shift and a battle has begun for market share among the top programs. The browser wars have five main competitors and only one will be able to take the top spot.
At the bottom of the list are Opera and Safari, two web browsers that have a niche market. In the case of the latter, the primary operation is with Apple computers or on mobile devices that are made by Apple, such as the iPhone. Although Apple has grown over recent years, the majority of computers are based on Windows, meaning that Safari will most likely lose the browser wars. In the same vein, Opera has only a small percentage of web browser use and will likely remain in the shadows.
This leaves the main battles of the browser wars to be competed by Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. Each of these web browser programs has advantages that may carry them into the top spot. Internet Explorer has the longest history, but recent versions have been plagued by slow response times and several bugs. For power computer users, Google Chrome has become the go to web browser, but it is more difficult to learn and is not as user friendly as Mozilla Firefox. On the other hand, Google Chrome is the fastest web browser, but at the expense of using more computer resources. Mozilla Firefox is currently the most used browser and may be able to retain the top position in the browser wars if they are able to add native functionality without needing extensions.