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Browsers in detail.

  • The Chrome Browser

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    In 2008 Google released the first version of Google Chrome based on Apples WebKit engine. The browser was a remarkable improvement for Windows users which didn't have access to a WebKit browser yet. Since then the WebKit based browsers have become a dominant player on both desktop and mobile devices. In 2013 Chrome switched to a WebKit fork named Blink to allow more freedom for the Chrome development.

  • The Firefox browser

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    Firefox is an open source browser developed by the Mozilla foundation. Firefox is by all means a full feature browser and one of the few browsers with its own rendering engine as more and more producers switch to the WebKit engine.

  • The Safari browser

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    In 2003 Apple released the first version of Safari, using a fork of the KHTML rendering engine they called WebKit. Safari became the default browser of the OS X series and the rendering engine has been adopted by a wide range of browsers since then, most notably Google Chrome uses a WebKit fork called Blink.

  • The Edge browser

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    Microsoft Edge is the successor to the infamous Internet Explorer. It was first released in 2015, with a strong orientation towards web standards. When it first came out it almost parred it's competitors, but since then, possibly due to a very slow adoption, development has slowed down.

  • The Internet Explorer browser

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    Internet Explorer is the default browser for the Windows OS, first released in 1995 to compete with Netscape. During 2002 and 2003 it had a market share of about 95% but the market share declined with the release of Firefox and later Chrome.

  • The Baidu browser

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  • Segment market share statistics, June 2015

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    Desktop browsers still dominate with about 60% of page visits. Mobile phones take up about 35%, while the tablets only have a 5% market share. Modern browsers across platforms make up about 80% of page visits.

  • Browserstack - cross browser testing doesn't have to suck

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    Recently I switched back to Browserstack and I must say I am impressed with the updates they have made over the last years. Roughly estimated it is top of class in all areas. Shortest way to local live testing, really good speed and all the testing features one can expect of a complete testing environment. And I especially want to applaud them for having a cheap freelancer plan - finally someone who is also considering the needs of the small individual businesses.

  • Downloading old versions of Firefox

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    Argh ... found a bug in an old version of Firefox and want to download an old version to run local tests.

  • The UC Browser

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    The UC Browser or UCWeb is a Chinese mobile browser first released in 2004. Initially it used a server proxy compression to speed up page rendering, using its own proprietary rendering engine (U1 + U2) and minimize data load. It currently has a leading market share in China and India.

  • The Opera browser

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    The Opera browser has been developed by Norwegian software developer Opera Software since 1995. The browser has played a major role in early mobile devices but today it is a rare sight for both desktop and mobile devices. Opera used to have it's own rendering engine, Presto, but with version 15 they switched to Blink.

  • The Teleca/Obigo browser

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    The Teleca/Obigo browser was created by Swedish company AU System in 1999. It was known as MIC (Mobile Internet Client) when it was released as the worlds first WAP browser. It played an important role in the very early years of WAP technology due to low memory requirements.

  • The Openwave/Myriad browser

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    The Openwave browser was a large player in the dawning mobile market and closely tied in with the development of the WAP protocol. In 2006 it was installed on almost 50% of all shipped mobile devices. In 2008 it was sold to Purple Labs and later changed its name to Myriad. As of version 9 the browser switched to WebKit.

  • The NetFront browser

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    The NetFront browser is produced by Japanese company Access Co. Ltd. By 2011 the NetFront browser has been embedded in more than 1 billion devices. The browser is still being embedded in devices but is no longer considered an important player.

  • The SEMC browser

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    The homegrown mobile browser of SonyEricsson Mobile Company was a very early mobile browser optimized for the WAP-protocol. It never really made a serious entry in the HTML scene.