I was watching my wife using her Macbook this weekend and she happened to have a couple of windows open, one with Firefox, one with Safari.
I asked her why she had both going, and she replied that:
- She didn’t even know that she had both running
- She didn’t know which window was from which program
- “I have never understood where there is more than one browser. Aren’t they all the same?
This hit home that for non-techies browsers really ARE pretty darn similar these days. I can rail of reasons why I need to run Firefox for extension X, Y, Z, but I like to run Safari for speed on the mac, and then I download WebKit nightly …. blah blah.
For someone like my wife, the browsers look all the same to her. This shows that for the next versions of our favourite browsers, I hope that there is some really interesting innovation that my wife can look at and see how that helps her out as she tries to traverse the web.