What browser do you use?

Firefox is a web browser developed by non profit organisation, Mozilla

Firefox is a web browser developed by non profit organisation, Mozilla

If you don’t work in the industry, you might ask, ‘What is a browser anyway?’ It’s the search engine application you use to search on the Internet. Up until recently, Internet Explorer has been the no. 1 browser that people use. Not anymore.

Latest figures show that Google Chrome has taken the lead share of the market with 32.8% preferring this search engine in the week ending May 20 2012. Internet Explorer comes in second with 31.9%.

At third in the ranking is Mozilla’s Firefox with just over 25% of the market. Apple’s Safari is sitting fourth but well behind on roughly 7% of the market and Opera and others make up the rest of the search engines.

Given that Google launched Chrome in December 2008, this is an amazing success story.

Part of this success can be attributed to the concept of open source software. In September of that year, Google released the source code (most of it which included its V8 JavaScript engine). This meant that web developers outside the Google clan could study the code and this study lead to the browser being available to Mac OS X and Linux computing systems. Good going, Google!

Mozilla Firefox is an interesting organisation in that it is non-profit and has altruistic goals for the Internet.

Quote from the Mozilla website:

Mozilla is a proudly non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the power of the Web in people’s hands. We’re a global community of users, contributors and developers working to innovate on your behalf. When you use Firefox, or any Mozilla product, you become a part of that community, helping us build a brighter future for the Web.

Windows’ Internet Explorer is the old man of the group in terms of age originally developed in 1995 (last century, for goodness sake). Windows, Microsoft, big profit organisation!
And now with competition from other browsers such as Chrome and Firefox is starting to feel the heat.
Apple’s Safari – installed on just about every Apple device sold including Mac computers, iPads and iPhones. With the increase in Apple products and the increase of browsing on the Internet via mobile devices, Safari could be a force in the future.
Still, we at Bold Type like the concept of keeping the web in the hands of the people rather than any of the big (for profit) corporations. Be a part of the sharing, get the free download of Mozilla Firefox.

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