Is Internet Explorer 9 a modern web browser, and how does it compare to Firefox 4.
The infographic looks at the technical side of things, web compatibility, platform support and hardware acceleration to name a few.
All show that Firefox 4, and sometimes even Firefox 3.5 or 3.6, do better than Internet Explorer 9.
In his blog post he comes to the conclusion that Internet Explorer 9 is not a modern web browser. The conclusion is that IE9 supports less web standards and less technologies than Firefox 4 and can therefore be considered "More modern, but not really modern".
One of the arguments brought forth describes how Firefox 3.5 supported technologies such as video and canvas tags years ago while Microsoft added support for these technologies only recently.
Are users actually benefiting from the additional 125 points of Firefox 4 in the HTML5 test or is the majority of users never going to visit a website that makes use of those tags? What if Microsoft plans to add support with the first major update of IE9?
The official transition to HTML5 will be in 2014 and while some web developers are already making use of HTML5 technologies the majority of websites do not require the technology yet.
I think that Firefox 4 is a great browser and the developers should not feel the need to point at other browsers to show that. Internet Explorer 9 is another great browser, a huge step forward compared to Internet Explorer 8. Office users who are stuck with IE8 will sing out in joy when the system admin updates the browser. It is faster and offers better compatibilities.
What's your take on the infographic and blog post?Advertisement
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