Browser War

The browser war has its advantages and disadvantages in advancing the Internet interactive browser platform technology. We’ve observed a considerable advancement in the browser technology arena since the first battle between Netscape’s Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. A bundle of features have been added in the first war such as marquee, blink and extending the browser to support JavaScript, and proprietary tags. One of the prominent advantages since the first, was the augmentation of the XMLHttpRequest features, which was added and supported by the new and improved browser. This gave birth to the new Ajax technology, giving programmers the ability to make background requests to the server for dynamic data, instead of the user having to refresh the browser each time a request was made.

The second war is the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser competing with other new browsers in the market, like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari to name a few. The disadvantages of the wars is there’s no  standard in the browser compatibility, which can turn into a huge undertaking for any web application developer, forcing them to have special code that works for all the browsers currently in the market. Also, having proprietary code specifically for one browser is one of the headaches that come with the browser war.