Release Candidate of Internet Explorer Shown Lagging Open Source Browsers
We've written before about the fact that extensions are coming for Google Chrome as well as Google's plans to put Chrome on computers as the default browser. In ZDNet Australia's benchmark tests, Chrome is currently the fastest browser, and there are also going to be versions for the Mac and Linux coming out in the first half of this year. All of this bodes well for Chrome.
As noted in Microsoft's latest financial statements, the European Commission is applying heavy pressure to force the company to offer browser choice on new computers running Windows:
"While computer users and OEMs are already free to run any Web browsing software on Windows, the Commission is considering ordering Microsoft and OEMs to obligate users to choose a particular browser when setting up a new PC. Such a remedy might include a requirement that OEMs distribute multiple browsers on new Windows-based PCs. We may also be required to disable certain unspecified Internet Explorer software code if a user chooses a competing browser."
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has already made reference to possible plans to incorporate an open source rendering engine in its browser (singling out WebKit) and at this point I can't see how the company can continue to ignore the urgency of that. Internet Explorer's one and only advantage at this point is that it is the browser that greets most computer users when they unbox their new systems. From performance to extensibility, open source browsers Firefox and Chrome are pulling way ahead.