All browsers are free to download and use, so, because of this, it may seem a little improbable that there is an ongoing battle between developers to capture an increasingly higher percentage of the market. However, as always, there are financial reasons behind this fight. The browser with the most user base is able to offer other services, some of which may come at a price and the larger the user base, the more the developer can reach an audience with other products or services. Therefore, a comparison of the browsers, both in terms of performance as well as in user base is legitimately important and interesting. This article will try to look at the current state of browsers, pinpoint their weaknesses and strengths, so that at the end, you will be able to formulate your own opinion about the browser you would rather use.
We have gathered data available at the beginning of 2012. Since then, the situation has changed but not dramatically, basically the functionality and the user base has remained almost the same. So, without further ado, let’s start with the definitive user base winner:
Mozilla Firefox 9
Mozilla has changed the manner in which it develops and offers updates. It no longer offers subtle, small packages to patch its browser instead relying on less frequent but more substantial updates that are in themselves new version of the software. It has been using this approach since 2011 and, although some users have complained (namely companies which were used to automated updating which now have to do them manually each time a new version appears. Also, compatibility with certain proprietary modules may be lost after the new versions are installed), most users have welcomed the shift in updates.
Mozilla is used by roughly 50 percent of the entire desktop users. Mozilla is so successful due to a couple of considerations. It is very important to note that anyone can contribute to the browser the source code is free to modify but the releases are always considered carefully and are not available along with the source code. Mozilla also works great on older, slower machines. It can be expanded with a massive range of add-on software and as such, it can be personalized, as one requires.