What do YOU want from your next browser?

What do YOU want from your next browser?

Summary: Internet Explorer 9 is out, Firefox 4 will be out shortly, and Google is coming out with new Chrome releases what feels like almost daily. Browsers are getting faster, more capable and more secure. But what do YOU want from your next browser?

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Internet Explorer 9 is out, Firefox 4 will be out shortly, and Google is coming out with new Chrome releases what feels like almost daily. Browsers are getting faster, more capable and more secure. But what do YOU want from your next browser?

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My belief is that browsers are now so fast that speed is no longer and issue. Unless we see a performance breakthrough that offers a speed jump that's an order of magnitude better than what we've got now, the end users on the ground aren't going to notice or care.

I'd like to see the big browser players (Microsoft, Mozilla, Google, Opera and Apple) now concentrate on improving the security model. Google has a pretty good model with its sandbox, Microsoft's protected mode is also good, but there's still room for improvement, especially with regards to plugin isolation.

What do you want?

Topics: Browser, Microsoft

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  • I want a browser that works on all platforms, FULL HTML5 implementation,

    better / more secure plugin methods like Google's native client.
    DonnieBoy
    • RE: What do YOU want from your next browser?

      @DonnieBoy Why do you want a browser that works on all platforms ? Since you hate Win32 and Windows why would you use it ? And since you wont use it why would you use a browser which runs on Windows ?
      1773
      • Hey, sometimes I have to use Windows, as that is all there is. Nice to be

        able to at least download a decent browser!!
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: What do YOU want from your next browser?

        @Donnieboy Sometimes means 40 hrs a week ? (Assuming you are employed and working somewhere)
        1773
      • Get a clue, not all businesses use Windows everywhere. Especially C/C++.

        programmers working on Linux / Unix projects. As browsers become more important, and Win32 fades, Businesses will use Windows a lot less.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: What do YOU want from your next browser?

        @Adrian : Unfortunately for you, IE 9 rocks, and since the majority of (desktop) users work on Windows it will be an instant success. Webkit will fade and be only relevant in mobile platforms and Desktop OSs nobody uses (like Desktop Linux). <br><br>Admittedly, I was not expecting too much from IE9. After big claims by MS that IE7 and IE8 were good I found them horribly inadequate, slow, too memory consuming. The speed at which a new tab was open in those versions was laughable. I have no idea why IE didn't dissappear given the lame quality of those versions. <br><br>But things have changed radically with IE9. Oh my goodness. This is an excellent browser. It's on par now with Chrome in terms of responsiveness and speed. That means that a user starting with a new computer with IE9 will have little (e.g., if they cannot live without a few extensions for those browsers) or no need to install Chrome or Firefox, for the same reason that Apple users seldom need to install other browser than Safari: it's good enough (Safari is a POS in Windows, but it's acceptably good in OS X). <br><br>Unless MS has screwed with something really bad about IE9 that nobody has noticed yet, then I think IE will recover much of it's marketshare. At least some, anyway.
        nomorebs
      • RE: What do YOU want from your next browser?

        @DonnieBoy
        Last time when I checked people are still writing C/C++ code for Windows too and that too using Microsoft Visual Studio and VC++ for it. Your statements "Get a clue, not all businesses use Windows everywhere. Especially C/C++. programmers working on Linux / Unix projects." is completely opposite to that. There are a lot of businesses that use More Windows than Linux/Unix and they user both managed and unmanaged code and guess what they use C#/VB.NET and C/C++ respectively. Please come out of your biased closed world or sandbox of Google and see the light.
        Ram U
      • 2011, same song as before

        @DonnieBoy<br><i>and Win32 fades, Businesses will use Windows a lot less</i><br>Oh, so that's the only reason business use Windows? here I thought it was because they preffered it.<br><br>Thanks for pointing out that businesses <b>only</b> use it for Win32. <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/wink.gif" alt="wink">
        John Zern
    • RE: What do YOU want from your next browser?

      @DonnieBoy
      When did you started using Windows and Mac OSX? You claimed once that you use only Linux!
      Ram U
      • I also have a Mac in the house, my kid likes it. Nice to have the same

        browser on all platforms.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: What do YOU want from your next browser?

        @DonnieBoy
        Good to know that.
        Ram U
      • RE: What do YOU want from your next browser?

        @DonnieBoy : you wouldn't allow your "kids" (you mean the little robots you bought from a store?) to use IE9 even if it was available for OS X or Linux. So everybody knows you are just trolling. Go back to your Mom's basement Donkeyboy
        nomorebs
      • They also have Windows on their computers, but, email, facebook, and about

        everything they do works better on Linux, so why bother. I have not checked to see if they installed IE9. One kid prefers to use the Mac.
        DonnieBoy
      • Your kids have a Mac?

        @DonnieBoy

        What in that sentence made me shudder?
        John Zern
    • RE: What do YOU want from your next browser?

      @DonnieBoy

      you do know that the tech was ripped from internet explorer?
      Viper589
      • RE: What do YOU want from your next browser?

        @Knix96
        You do know that the tech was ripped from Mosaic, don't you?
        mheartwood
    • RE: What do YOU want from your next browser?

      @DonnieBoy That won't be really possible until HTML 5 itself is finalized. Everything is subject to change right now.
      CobraA1
      • We can implement the full draft for right now, and move to the final

        standard when it comes out.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: What do YOU want from your next browser?

        Yes and no. Some things may need further clarification for implementation. Stuff has already been added and dropped, so some browsers still need to update to the latest draft, etc.

        It's also the case that implementation takes time. You don't wave a wand and a compliant browser drops out of the sky. You need to have developers actively working on it. It's a lot of work to write a browser to a new set of specifications.
        CobraA1
      • RE: What do YOU want from your next browser?

        @CobraA1
        As a programmer, I agree with Donnieboy on this one. There are portions of the spec which are subject to change and portions that are quite stable. As time goes on, the portions which are subject to change slowly settle and become more stable. Thus it is possible to code for those stable portions of the spec. By the time the final spec is formalized, virtually all browsers will be compliant with it because virtually all of the spec will have stabalized well in advanced of it being formalized.

        And then there will be feature creep.
        mheartwood