Is HTML5 a New Battleground for Browsers?

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While HTML5 on mobile phones is becoming more and more important, the reality of the day is that HTML5 features can be most useful on PCs. Chitika Insights latest report investigates the current market penetration of HTML5 across all PC-specific browser platforms. The number of PC users was determined from a sample of hundreds of millions of impressions from the Chitika network, using browser versions that supported the many HTML5 features.

The core aim of the software language has been to improve support for the latest multimedia, while keeping the code simple enough for both computers and humans to easily access it. We picked 5 features of HTML5 that will be most noticeable to the average user on the web – Canvas, Geolocation, Web Graphics Library, Audio and Video. Together, they allow for richer audio, more realistic 2D images and 3D videos without the need for additional plug-ins. Lastly, as HTML5 is open-source, developers and multimedia enthusiasts can always contribute to the evolving standard.

Among PC users only, Google Chrome leads the market in the adoption rate: 99% of its users are on versions that support all five of the major HTML5 features. Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox are a close second and third place, respectively. Safari and Firefox fall short only in their support for WebGL – 61% and 75% of their users are compatible versions. As net analysts are accustomed to seeing, Internet Explorer continues to lag well behind, with only 26% of their users are on HTML5 supported browsers.

The active support for HTML5 hints at the brewing market share battle between browsers. None of them want to lose out in supporting promising future technology. Lastly, the data is further evidence of the importance of auto-update features in Chrome and Firefox. It will help less tech-savvy users to be on top of today’s technology without much effort on their part. To their credit, Microsoft declared that future Internet Explorer versions will support HTML5.

Chime in with your comments on HTML5, the brewing browser battle and MSIE.

Gabe Donnini
Gabe Donnini is a Data Solutions Engineer at Chitika and a lead author for reports by Chitika Insights, the research arm the online ad service.... Read Full Bio
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  • Glenn Ferrell

    As you say “to their credit” Microsoft has finally declared that it will begin killing off its mistakes. This month they are starting to “force” IE upgrades– if you have Automatic Updates enabled in Windows Update.

    The intention is that Windows XP folks on IE 6 and IE 7 will be pushed up to IE 8, and Windows Vista (and I’m assuming Windows 7) folks will be pushed to IE 9. Of course, it’s still possible for people to block the upgrade.

    From us web developers out there who have spent far too many hours trying to make modern code work in Model-T browsers you can hear shouts of “Hallelujah !”

  • Jeff Downer Indianapolis, IN

    I believe Microsoft is just giving lip service to this. IE has always been problematic when adhering to web browser standards.

  • Oraculum

    Opera does not enter the list because it is 100% all the requirements

  • Patricia

    I guess this is one of those time when you have to wait and see if they really do something to their program that would finally help web developers stop having problems when it comes down to web browser standards. Hopefully as you all say, Microsoft will start supporting HTML5 coding versions from now on. Thanks for this great article!

  • hughsemailsearch

    think ive had more issues with chrome than i have i.e. to be honest, so many blooming plug in’s failing to install.
    interesting read though.