Seeing a bunch of lean code jockeys building the next generation of web browsers is a reality TV show I'd watch. Since that's probably not happening any time soon, I'll take the next best thing: Read/WriteWeb's Web Browser Faceoff, by Alex Iskold. Iskold reviews six of the latest crop of web bowsers: Firefox 2, Internet Explorer 7, Safari, Opera 9, Flock, and Maxthon. I highly recommend reading his entire round-up, but in case your attention span ain't what it used to be, here's what he concludes about our trusty browsers:
- IE7: "Solid release, which is going to help Microsoft maintain the market leadership in the near future"
- Firefox: "We think that Firefox is going to continue narrowing IE's lead, but await with interest the next major version!"
- Safari: "It's a clean and simple web 1.0 browser, but needs a major feature boost in order to be a contender even on the Mac."
- Opera: "We can see why fans like this browser, but a bigger future depends on spicing it up and poring in the marketing dollars."
- Flock: "Great productivity browser for web 2.0"
- Maxthon: "Need to apply Occam's Razor (i.e. make it simpler), but definitely could be a contender because of solid service integration."