Internet Explorer 8 – Firefox 3.1 – Playing Catch Up?

After reading this article on the upcoming IE8, I am finding myself wondering if both Microsoft and Mozilla are doing little more than playing catchup to Opera Browser and Apple’s Safari Browser? And if you read far enough down the page, it seems that others agree that these types of security features are hardly new.

Rather than putting people into a “no tracking mode” per se, Opera for example simply provides the ability to delete all preset private data when the browser is closed. Does not get any more simple than that! Safari on the other hand, takes a closer approach to what Microsoft and Mozilla are aiming for, as Apple has long since provided a simple check box for private browsing.

So where does this leave the “other guys”? Are competing browsers really offering “work changing improvements”, or instead are we merely watching in slack-jawed amazement as once again, two browsing power-houses play catch-up to other browsing options that have long since out-performed the competition with forward thinking? The answer seems fairly obvious to me, but despite my thinking, hit the comments and tell me who you think is winning the browser privacy game and why.

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  • http://www.ubunite.com o0splitpaw0o

    “Rather than putting people into a “no tracking mode” per se, Opera for example simply provides the ability to delete all preset private data when the browser is closed.”

    FUD – Firefox has had that since 2.0
    IE has had it since 7.0
    Seamonkey doesn’t

    I’ll try your browser and check it out.

  • http://www.matthartley.com Matt Hartley

    Not so much “FUD”, as lack of me clarifying.

    I was providing a comparison of the new IE8 feature (see linkage) and what Opera is using today. I realize that other browsers do have similar features, but I was using Opera in the example to show the contrast between the new features and the old. Again, just a lack of further clarification on my end.

    To be FUD, I would have to be spreading Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. Clearly, this article does none of the above as it even goes so far as to solicit differing schools of thought. ;)

  • http://www.computerconsultantssecrets.com/blog Computer Consultants Secrets Blog

    I think that regardless of the reason for all the updates, any competitive war when it comes to technology can end up benefiting the user in the end. If this fight to improve or be better than the competition produces better solutions and more options, it can only be good. The only danger is progressing too quickly or carelessly, so hopefully we continue to see ample testing before the product comes to us. Thanks for posing these interesting questions and providing this information!

  • Crispy

    If you were “providing a comparison of the new IE8 feature” why did you mention Firefox?

    Once again you demonstrate your bias. I think if you are going to have prejudices the least you can do is declare them.

    It seems to me that all software in a multi application environment is going to be playing “catchup” to some extent as features are driven by experience, Opera and Safari included.

  • http://kerrywebster.com Kerry

    ‘Private Browsing’ is insignificant to true w3c compatibility and universal implemention of the standards across all browsers. Until every browser can display the intended content consistently the same, this change is fluff. So I need a utility for private browsing with this browser or that. I need standards upheld by all browsers and I need it now.