Hearing programmers enthuse about Chrome, probably sounds sad!
Like petrol heads asking about ‘torque’. Who cares, as long as the car goes !
What many may not realise is, Microsoft’s monopoly of the web browser between 2001 and 2007, led to many web developers stopping writing code for websites altogether.
The plethora of bugs in Internet Explorer (v6, v7) led to programmers having to write endless lines of code fixes for the simplest of tasks.
In 2003, I too had had my fill of bug fixes. I didn’t like the limitations of code generation packages like FrontPage or Dreamweaver, so I stopped creating websites. I didn’t return until 2008.
Breaking IE’s Monopoly
In 2008, Mozilla Firefox took 15% of the market, previously held by Internet Explorer. Up until recently, an estimated 98% of browser usage had been via Internet Explorer! Mozilla keenly embraced the innovations pioneered by minority browser ‘Opera’ 10 years earlier that Microsoft had failed to adopt. So what’s that got to do with Google ?
In the 1990’s Netscape Navigator was the first commercial browser and Internet Explorer’s only competitor. Whilst free to individuals, it was paid for by businesses. Netscape lost the first browser war to Microsoft.
Firefox rose from the ashes of Netscape Navigator. This time around, to compete, Firefox had to be free like Internet Explorer. So they became a non-profit making organisation but they still needed to generate revenue from somewhere to cover their costs.
That’s where Google stepped in.
They offered to pay Firefox every time someone used their search engine via a Firefox browser. Although Google soon launched their own very successful browser Chrome, they still support Firefox to this day.