As a web development company, the web browser is among the most important piece of software to our work. Naturally we have wrote about the browser plenty, such as our waning support of Internet Explorer 6 and State of the Browser. What we have not touched on, is what do recommend.
Our Browser Recommendations
Here are our recommendations for browsers: Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. As of this writing, Chrome is at version 10, available for download on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Firefox is at version 4, also available on Windows, Mac, Linux. Safari is available for Windows and Mac and is currently at version 5. This browser is also the default browser on Mac OS X.
Why these browsers
There are a number of new features available in HTML5 and new W3C APIs that are available, such as Geolocation API and client side storage. Chrome, Firefox, and Safari have implemented many of these features.
Opera gets an honorable mention. All of the above features mentioned, Opera is right there with them. The only reason why opera was not included was that it is not popular on the American desktop. It’s very popular with game consoles and mobile phones, it’s also very popular in Europe. Here in the states it’s just not popular, it works just a little bit different than most browsers do here. That said Opera is a great browser, if you want to try something different, go for it.
Up to date
Whichever browser you choice, it’s important to keep it up to date. The browsers mentioned in this post all have update mechanisms. Make sure that you use them.