Quiz: Browser wars

Quiz: Browser wars

Summary: In the last few weeks all the major browsers have been updated to give us a faster and hopefully more secure access to the Internet. Let's see how much you know about them.

TOPICS: Browser, Mobility

Hard to believe but it was only 20 years ago when the first Web browser made an appearance. In the last few weeks all the major browsers have been updated to give us a faster and hopefully more secure access to the Internet. Let's see how much you know about them.

Instructions: Click on your answer and then see how many others agree with you. Then click to see the answer and the next question.

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Internet Explorer made a smashing debut at a time when over 80 percent of the browsers in use were named Netscape. About three years later IE moved ahead. One reason is...

Answer is C. IE was bundled with every new Windows PC

Netscape found out that it was almost impossible to compete with a browser that was free and easily accessible.

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In the most recent surveys, which browser version is the most in use today.

Answer is: C. Internet Explorer 8.0 owns about 34 percent of the browser market share according to Netmarketshare's February statistics.

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During recent benchmark speed tests of the major new browsers one fell flat

Answer is B. Internet Explorer 9 (64-bit).IE 9 64-bit is using an older, slower JavaScript engine.

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Which Scandinavian country is the home of Opera?

Answer is A. Norway. OK. Who thought Switzerland was in Scandinavia? [poll id="195"]

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Firefox could be in trouble according to ZDNet’s Ed Bott. Why?

Answer is C. Firefox doesn’t have an app ecosystem or a loyal core of developers, according to Ed Bott. But Adrian Kingsley-Hughes and Stephen Vaughan-Nichols don't agree.

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Which current browser is a direct descendant of Netscape Navigator (which was built by the people who built Mosaic)?

Answer is A. Firefox

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Who invented the first browser, the WorldWideWeb browser?

Answer is D. Tim Berners-Lee in 1991 (remember that year)

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Mozilla’s first browser was called?

Answer is C. Phoenix

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In recent usage surveys which browser is gaining the most ground.

Answer is D. Chrome [poll id="201"]

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Already in a steep slide, Netscape was purchased by what company in 1999?

Answer is B. AOL. Netscape continued to slide in market share until AOL stopped supporting it in 2008 but it did assist Firefox.

Correct answers

10: You're addicted. 7-9: You use a different browser for every Website. 4-6: You've used the same browser for years. 1-3: You must be using IE 6. 0: You think Al Gore was elected president, too. Thanks for playing!

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  • Bullcrap

    Netscape went from majority to minority for a variety of reasons. If being installed on every Windows install would prevent anyone from competing, then IE wouldn't be losing marketshare almost every month.
    Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: Quiz: Browser wars

      Perhaps you need to refer to Microsoft's antitrust case - it directly pertained to the unfair advantage of IE through bundling with Windows.
      • Yeah Sure


        Been using Netscape until IE5. At that point NN4.76 just stopped developing so I used IE5 for a year or 2. What they did develop was bundled crap for AOL. Then Mozilla .5 came along and I was back and forth with IE until Mozilla .8 and never went back to IE.

        By the way, none of the alternative browsers failed to install on any version of Windows and make it my default browser. Now Firefox is in the lead and Windows still bundles IE with every install if you don't count Win98Lite shell stripping program. Created more problems than they are worth.

        Go here.
      • Perhaps you need to refer to the whole story. This was a serverly bias

        flake judge who should have been disqualified when he didnt recuse himself. IE was squat until IE4 added DHTML and when it did it leapfrogged a year ahead of Navigator. That's what killed Netscape
        Johnny Vegas
      • You're right

        A judge says something, so it's true. I forgot that judges are omniscient beings incapable of being wrong.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • Judge Jackson's findings of fact were all upheld on appeal

        So we're not talking about just a single Judge here. It looks to me like they were all in agreement.
      • Let's get this straight


        You're going to argue that Netscape
        -Didn't quickly descend into a mess security wise due to their "need" to have more features than IE
        -Didn't become more bloated due to the same reason
        -Didn't become slower due to the large number of unnecessary features
        -Didn't have the support of the ISP

        Michael Alan Goff
      • goff256, just reread what I actually wrote

        @goff256<br><b><i><u>All of Judge Jackson's findings of fact were upheld on appeal.</u></i></b><br><br>This makes them as "True" as you're ever likely to get, so I see no need to start arguing <i>any</i> of your straw men assertions at all.
      • The case was on whether or not they were using their monopoly status


        However, recent evidence has proven that a superior browser can beat IE (as shown by the marketshare of IE falling). This evidence was not around back then, and thus was not brought up. But it has been shown that a superior browser won't fail in the market the same way that Netscape did after IE was introduced.

        Why is this?

        Michael Alan Goff
      • Tell it to the Judges.

        <b><i><u>All of them.</u></i></b>
      • Do you think repeating things

        makes it more relevant?
        Michael Alan Goff
      • More to the point...

        @goff256<br>Do you think that Judge Jackson's findings of fact will magically disappear if you rant long enough and loudly enough in this forum?<br><br>Take the hint: you do <i>not</i> know more about either the facts or the Law than Judge Jackson and the Appeals Court combined. Please stop this childish behavior before you embarrass yourself even further.
      • Alright, let's go through what he said.

        He said Microsoft was illegally using it's monopoly status against Netscape. As the case wasn't "Why is Netscape losing share", he didn't answer anything but the question "Is Mirosoft using their monopoly status unfairly".<br><br>He said yes.<br><br>MODERN EVIDENCE has shown that he was wrong, as were the other judges. If being installed with the OS stopped competition, Firefox wouldn't have gained share. Chrome wouldn't be gaining share.<br><br>Take a hint: They have been proven wrong by what is happening to IE marketshare these days.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • Did it ever occur to you...

        @goff256<br><br><i>"They have been proven wrong by what is happening to IE marketshare these days."</i><br><br>So you're comparing IE's position <i>before</i> MS was punished for abusing its monopoly power, with IE's position <i>after</i> MS was punished for abusing its monopoly power...<br><br>And noticing that they're different...<br><br>And deciding that the "obvious" conclusion must be that <b>you</b> are right and all the Judges involved in the case were wrong?!?<br><br>And that's <i>without</i> even factoring in all the <u>years</u> of neglect with IE6 and IE7, when MS had lost interest in browsers and IE fell <i>so far</i> behind as to become obsolete.<br><br>Sorry kid, <u>I just don't think so</u>. Continue ranting here if you must, but please don't expect Reality to rewrite itself suddenly or anything.
      • So you're saying, with your words

        Firefox and others were better so they are winning.

        Netscape wasn't better so it lost.

        You can't rewrite reality and make Netscape less of a sucky browser.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • Those are not my words - you are hallucinating.

        @goff256<br>I'm going to try and S-P-E-L-L it out for you one last time, and then I'm going to give up and leave you to gibber.<br><br>The Judges all agreed, back in 2001, that MS had illegally leveraged its Windows monopoly to gain an unfair advantage over Netscape. Remedies were imposed, along with oversight to stop future predatory behavior. You can scream all you like, none of that is not going to disappear - the legal landscape back in 1998 for "Navigator vs IE" was <b>different</b> to the legal landscape today for "Chrome vs IE" or "Firefox vs IE".<br><br>Don't you think that it would be more logical to argue that the Judges were actually <i>right</i>, precisely <i>because</i> we now have thriving competition between browsers again?<br><br>I only mentioned IE6 and IE7 because once Netscape was safely crushed, MS stopped developing IE <i>for five years</i>. IE7 was only released in 2006, if you recall, and was <i>not</i> a particularly great improvement over the much-loathed IE6 from 2001. So IE was <u>standing still</u> for all that time, and MS sat back and <i>watched</i> its market share slide. This is also different to the "IE vs Navigator" case. My memory of Navigator is that it was functionally similar to IE. It most definitely was <b><i>not</i></b> <u>a five year old relic</u>!<br><br>Things become more interesting with the release of IE9, which is a more contemporary browser than either IE6 or IE7, and possibly IE8. However, Europe at least now also has a browser ballot. So once again, the situation today is not comparable to the one in 1998.<br><br>Just get over it.
      • You're right

        It was -one- cause.

        But Netscape sucking was another cause, one that hurt them more than IE. The fact that you're leaning on LEGAL things regarding IE/Netscape means you don't want to go on the VALUE of Netscape. That says a lot.

        Also, IE was falling fairly fast BEFORE the browser ballot, as Firefox has actually proven to be really good competition. Same with Chrome, it is competitive. Netscape was not, which aided greatly in it being killed off.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • Don't bother with @goff256

        I had this same argument with him a few weeks ago and he is either in deep denial about 'bundling' or really doesn't have a clue as to what it's about.

        Of course I believe in the third option where he really knows but chooses to publicly deny it anyway because to do so would be admitting his employers engaged in wrong doing.

        It's a typical shill tactic.
    • RE: Quiz: Browser wars

      @Michael Alan Goff <br><br>Netscape died because they didnt keep up with the competition... I seem to remember it being really clunky compared to IE... my how times have changed! Chrome <a href="http://riverabookaward.info/">all</a> the way now.
  • RE: Quiz: Browser wars

    And again the zdnet bloggers publish wrong information.
    IE9 64 bit does not use old javascript engine. It uses the same 'Chakra' engine but it is not JIT compiled like IE9 32 bit does.

    Taken from h-t-t-p-://blogs.msdn.com/b/ieinternals/archive/2009/05/29/q-a-64-bit-internet-explorer.aspx

    "Q: What does 64bit IE9 get faster JavaScript benchmark scores than IE8 but slower scores than 32bit IE9?

    In IE9 there's one other major difference between the 32bit and 64bit versions of IE. IE9 includes a new script interpreter which is much faster than the script interpreter in IE8. However, 32bit IE9 also includes a Just In Time (JIT) script compiler which converts script into machine code before running it. There is no JIT compiler for 64bit IE. So, for benchmarks like SunSpider (and script-heavy sites) 32bit IE9 runs script up to 4 times as fast as 64bit IE9 (which itself runs script around 5x as fast as IE8). So, you could end up paying a significant speed penalty when using 64bit IE9 vs using the default 32bit version."