The 1st quarter of 2011 is going to bring about extreme changes in Internet Browsers. Internet Explorer will be releasing version 9, Mozilla will be releasing version 4 and Chrome will be releasing version… uh well, who can keep up with the Chrome release numbers. The browser is poised to become almost more important than the OS. Google, Microsoft and Mozilla are taking his very seriously. Internet Explorer v 9, currently in beta with release expected in February, is making web developers across the globe very happy with Microsoft’s newly adopted position of compliance. The current beta version is testing at 98 on the Acid Test and they are still tweaking. I have been running the beta version and while it is still a little buggy it is a fast and tight browser. Full compliance with HTML5 is a given as they are already running test HTML5 web pages that perform flawlessly. Google’s Chrome is a rapidly changing product with version updates happening so fast it is hard to keep up. In its latest iteration, the browser remains incredibly fast though they are experiencing some HTML5 issues. These issues will I am sure, not persist. This is probably the cleanest browser in the marketplace and IEv9 has clearly been influenced by it. It is experiencing unprecedented growth which is coming at the expense of Internet Explorer and the stagnation of Firefox growth. Mozilla Firefox is the one browser I am not currently running so I can’t comment first hand on their situation. I have garnered information from other sources. Firefox growth has screeched to a halt, but their bright spot is that they are currently the #1 browser in Europe according to the latest numbers. Mozilla seems to be having a lot of problems with V4, currently in beta. Much has been written about this and the fact that many promised changes are being scrapped. While again, I am not currently testing their product, I am exposed to it on other computers and it appears to me as if they are experiencing some growing pains. There is a lot at stake in 2011 with the browser, many would say that the future of computing will hinge entirely on the browser. I am not sure that I agree with that, but there is no question that the browser has become a center of extreme importance. None of the companies involved are taking this lightly and you can expect the moves to come fast beginning with the release of IE9 in February. I am holding myself to 2 browsers and I use them equally. I am not sure I can handle a 3rd so I will rely on others to fill in with Mozilla Firefox. Chrome and IE9 will be my choice going forward.