browser wars: all about quality of life

Our eyesight. Its the most developed, critical and relied on of all human senses.
And probably why we make such beautiful things.

Basically, we like what we see. Or rather we tend to buy what we like the look of.
How about web browsers?

experienec how the web can look, with Google's Chrome...

Given a choice, few would go for a conventional TV over a flat screen HD beauty. The quality, colour depth and sheer pleasure it is to watch is amazing.

Contrast this to web browsers, which don’t cost thousands, they’re actually free.
So why don’t we go for the best there is?

Internet Explorer v Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

Out of the box with Windows 7 you get a choice of browsers now. Those anti-trust fines hurt Microsoft so now you get to pick the default browser.

Yet many will choose Internet Explorer. Most commercial websites are written to work with it, rather than the better alternatives. But what do I mean by better?

I’m not talking about functionality, the major concern a couple of years ago – but more of that later. I’m talking about conventional TV v flat-screen HD differences.

Do not adjust your set – change your options

Gradually, as we wake up to The Cloud and the on-line media generally, we’re starting to see sites which use high quality layouts and features our browsers are now capable of showing us. As long as its not Internet Explorer, that is…

I run Ubuntu, which like the Apple OS has been designed to provide as pleasing an interface as possible. Fonts are rounded and smooth, the graphics stunning.
And wow – check out the browsers!

Differences between browsers is marked, with Chrome or Chromium on Ubuntu really standing out. But then boot back into Windows 7 and run Internet Explorer –
Ugh!

Wake up, Microsoft!

Given that people still go with Explorer, surely its not too much to expect it to at least look as good as its better-performing cousins?

We get grainy fonts, poor graphics resolution and a 20th century look and feel. Why can’t it even round corners like Chrome and Firefox can?

Some sites don’t look anything in Explorer, yet are beautiful on other browsers.

So come on people. You have a choice in the browser wars. Defect today!

2 thoughts on “browser wars: all about quality of life

  1. 1

    I have a Mac at home and use Windows at work. Safari on Windows looks terrible compared to the same browser on my Apple. Its not just the browser. The system its running on plays a big part too.

  2. 2

    Hi, Stephanie, that’s a very valid point. I did touch on it when talking about Ubuntu, but I should have been clearer about the role of the OS in rendering the fonts.

    Thanks for pointing it out!