Began in the 1990s, and eventually to Microsoft's victory over Netcape ends of the browser battle broke out again now and there are signs of escalation. In 2004, Mozilla released Firefox re-ignited the flames of war, and by the second week, Opera Software ASA has released Opera 9 browser, while Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Firefox are planned for later this year, a major upgrade .
In these browsers, the most anticipated is not five years, Microsoft has updated Internet Explorer 6. It has been revealed signs of lagging behind the market leader in software for the past period of time Firefox market share is being eroded step by step, Microsoft would like to add in the seventh edition of "anti-phishing" fraud and improve Internet security features such as catch up after the other Opponent.
"IE6 in 2001, young vulnerable to market the best browser," Microsoft's IE, said Dean Hachamovitch, general manager of products. "The challenge now is the way people use the Internet in the past has been very different, more people now use search engines, and security and because the Internet is now more than a lot of people ill and is even more important."
Today, e-mail, maps, word processing and other traditional independent applications have been responsible for the work to integrate networks, including Google, Yahoo or Microsoft Network, and other giants have invested huge resources to develop their own web applications, and browsers Browser developers want them to normal operation.
Opera 9 provides a "widgets" small program - a Web application, but it from the browser to become attached to the system of independent software tools. Any person familiar with the network code that Opera can develop widgets, check the weather to complete, the results of football matches or eBay auctions and so the task can be downloaded to let others share.
"Today, most of the development of end-user applications have at least some of the functions necessary to run a browser, and 10-15 years ago, this model is completely different," Opera's vice president of engineering Christen Krogh said. "In the past, like the browser to print out the contents, show that static page."
In addition, IE7 will also support tabbed browsing - can open multiple pages in one go without having to open several windows. Although Opera and Firefox also has started a few years ago, but it should be Hachamovitch said IE7's Quick Tabs further, the user can have a way to view thumbnails of all open pages.
Hachamovitch said IE7 security than in 2004 when they follow the Windows XP Service Pack 2 upgrade once more IE6, is expected to be launched early next year to the consumer's Vista PC will be integrated this version of IE browser. IE7 will offer parental controls, and its unique "protected mode" in hacking the browser when the protection of other parts of the machine
Finally, this year is expected to be carried out in the second half of beta testing IE7 will block or warn about scam sites, while its address bar in the e-commerce sites have found that in the context of additional certification for so-called digital certificates will be automatically changed Into the green.
On the other hand, this summer plans to release beta version, launched in September of Firefox 2 integrates anti-"phishing" fraud features. In addition, it provides tools to make the browser crash or need to restart automatically when reload the original page. Other features include integrated content based on user input to provide recommendations of the search box.
Mozilla has started to plan for next year's Firefox 3, is said to be able to without an Internet connection of the network allows users to run applications. At the same time, Flock Inc. Released last week a test version of Firefox-based Flock browser. In the light of the major sites encourage users to share content of the wave, Flock simplifies drag images to MySpace.com and the steps to update friends in the specific content of the picture on the site automatically notify users.
IE7 can only run on the latest version of Windows on top, compared, Opera, Firefox and Flock will run on Macintosh, Linux and earlier versions of Windows on the machines.
According to WebSideStory's follow-up, IE for Windows machines in the United States market share from 97 percent two years ago is now down to less than 90%, Firefox's market share steadily increased to 9 percent, while Opera can still be negligible.
WebSideStory analyst Geoff Johnston said Firefox must continue to improve in order for market share continues to rise, because IE is bundled with Windows and available for users satisfied with IE7 will be because of a lack of sufficient grounds do not want to download and install Firefox to your machine . "Technology needs to use a lot of momentum," Johnson said. "Firefox is pertinent to note that this is out of a 'not bad as long as, they continue to use' psychological."