Yes, the storm clouds are gathering. Off in the distance, we can see Safari 5, IE9, Chrome 5 and Firefox 4 in various stages of envisioning, development or launch. And just like the good ole days, the combatants aren’t wasting any time in taking aim at the competition. MG Siegler over at TechCrunch outlines the initial skirmish in what figures to be a protracted battle among 800 lb. heavyweights.
For those who haven’t yet waded in and taken a side in this looming battle, here are a few product reviews (or previews) from some well-respected sources:
- Safari 5 review from ars technica
- Chrome 5 review from ComputerWorld
- IE9 preview from CNET
- Firefox 4 preview from Wired’s WebMonkey
We’re just beginning to experiment with the betas here in the uTest offices, but I’m curious to hear if any testers or devs have started using these new versions yet. If so, drop us a comment and share your thoughts. What’s clear is that the latest round of browser wars will be fought along the lines of speed, tab management & placement, extension management and HTML5 support.