As more and more users renounce the security-risk beleagured Internet Explorer, and move to open source web browsers such as Firefox, Microsoft is starting to feel the pinch.
As a result, Explorer has slipped from a previous lofty 95% marketshare to below 93%. While this may seem like a tiny change in percentage, it means that at least 10million users have jumped from Explorer to some flavour of open source web browser. (For Microsoft’s take on the open source movement, see here – Aunty does seem to have cause to link to that article a lot lately, doesn’t she?)
What this means to web developers of course is that they have to take even greater pains to make sure that their web sites work with and look good in several different types of browsers. No longer is it safe to check your site with the “top” one or two browsers, as your site will be visited by several different browsers, and each in sufficient numbers as to make it prudent to not neglect those browsers’ viewing perspective.
There is at least one site out there, http://www.danvine.com/iecapture/ which allows you to see how your site looks in several different browsers, however it’s not a commercial site and it is often overloaded.
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