Looking forward the next few years, the real differentiator for browsers will be feature set. By this I mean, two things: 1) Creating a superior GUI environment for browsing the web, and 2) Providing developers an extensible platform that will spark another round of innovation for browser-based apps (note that I don't use the term extension). Chrome has shown that creating a more snazzy UI, will pull users from their current browser of choice, and as cloud services become more prevalent in daily computing, browsers will be the platform for new apps.
For the most part, Mozilla, Google, and everyone else understands this, but it really begs the question: Do multiple rendering engines for browsers make sense anymore? Again, I say no.
If browsers standardized on one rendering engine, engineers could pour their innovations into one experience that is fast and renders exactly the same on all screens. Web developers can save time and money by forgoing testing on multiple browsers, and users win by not having to see antiquated "My awesome website only works in IE6, LOL!" messages. It also forces browsers to compete on what really matters to users, a rich and innovative experience on the web.
Posted: Aug 18, 2010
Keyword tags: browserschromefirefoxmozillawebkitgeckorendering engines