Modern Browsers Ship

What makes for a truly modern browser?

Check out the interactive browser release chart.

The chart illustrates the most significant releases of each browser, regardless of arbitrary major/minor/micro version number changes. For instance, minor version bumps such as Firefox 3.6 were as significant in the Firefox timeline as major bumps were in Chrome’s.

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20 Responses to Modern Browsers Ship

  1. Miguel de Icaza says:

    Love the visualization.

  2. urssur says:

    Damn straight … it’s just lazy coder who cry foul of constant updates.

    Chrome for me has become better and better since version 1 , when it was already way ahead of firefox in performance on my crappy winXP 512mb RAM laptop :D . It’s even more awesome now on puppy linux, and I get to keep my bookmarks and apps from my other PC …. that’s just friking sweet.

    Web Inspector is friking awesome, firebug looks dated compared to it.

  3. All comparisons and no opera in the mix makes me a dull boy :(

  4. Paul Cooper says:

    I’m lazy so please make the same chart with modern OS’s. Double dare you ;-)

  5. What if Chrome was less aggressive in its incremental versioning? This chart only lists major version releases. Firefox and Safari have had software updates that aren’t listed here. Probably same for Chrome, but how much changed with every shipment of the individual browsers? I wonder.

  6. Orcik says:

    Yesterday, I tried Firefox 4, but it eats 2gb virtual memory and makes my mac undesirable. I’m happy with firefox 3 :)

  7. blatanttroll says:

    And Microsoft is in the process of shipping IE9. Problem?

    Or are you just bitter that your favorite furry browser is losing the performance race to ZOMG EVIL PROPRIETARY alternatives?

    • Jeff Waugh says:

      The chart actually illustrates the advantage played by the Chrome/Chromium team, in contrast with all of the other browser vendors. No points to you, but hey, thanks for playing.

  8. This doesn’t seem like an entirely fair comparison. Everything that isn’t IE has minor version updates listed, while the constant stream of MSHTML updates released by Windows Update (which I can assure you exist given how often it prompts to me install them) are not.

    • Jeff Waugh says:

      These really do reflect the most significant releases of each browser, regardless of arbitrary major/minor/micro version number changes… Firefox 3.6 was as major a release in that universe as Chrome 8 was in theirs.

      Check the Wikipedia pages for each major browser to see just how much changed in the versions represented. (Perhaps I should link them!)

  9. Wow amazing work with the visualization! I have to say for me it’s chrome all the way, but do love firefox for firebug! Not looking forward to IE9 one bit

  10. Karim says:

    IE8 to IE9 is arguably gigantic. There was also 7 platform previews. Arguably, bigger than Chrome 4+5+6+7+8+9+10. Doesn’t substance matter?

  11. Heh. I dig it. ‘Twould be cool if the image was a bit bigger though. Maybe it’s just me, but finding the two IE out of Safari icons was a bit challenging.

  12. The link is now dead.

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