It’s a simple question, but one that we have to consider when doing web development. Which browser should we support? Which ones should we assume most people are using? Which ones can we completely drop and leave behind?
If you’re talking the Windows PC platform, the current Microsoft offering (Edge) isn’t exactly our favorite, despite Microsoft telling us how good it is. But, we have to code for it, since it’s widely adopted on Windows 10. On the other side of that, millions of people running earlier versions of Windows still use Internet Explorer. This despite the fact that it’s slow, buggy, crash-prone, and pretty much the Swiss cheese of security holes. Microsoft themselves have more or less abandoned it, but still… we have to code for it too, since there’s such a wide array or users.
Our current favorites and recommendations are Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Both are fast, easy enhanced / added to, and are actively updated and supported by vast communities of users. We obviously code for these – on both the Windows and Mac platforms. And speaking of Mac… yes, we include Safari in our supported browsers list.
Now on mobile, it’s the same story. We have to support what’s available and used on Android and iOS. After all, when you build adaptable, responsive websites, you absolutely must support mobile platforms if you want your websites to look and perform their best, regardless of how the end user is viewing them.
So it’s really a tough question to give a definitive answer to from our perspective. However, as a user, it’s an easier choice. Stick with Firefox and Chrome, and throw in Safari if you’re on a Mac, and you should be good to go. If you really like Edge, you can add it to your personal list, although there isn’t a compelling reason to do so with the alternatives available. But we can say for sure, you should stop using Internet Explorer for the reasons we mentioned earlier. It’s past its prime.
That’s just touching on the browser surface, but we’ve tried to hit the main ones. Sure there are smaller esoteric browsers out there like Opera, or ‘flavor variations’ based on Mozilla/Firefox, but if you’re getting into those, you must know enough about browsers to know what works best for you. The important thing is there are many excellent choices available, and you should use what works best for you.
Thanks for reading!