Well, it's a race...
Posted Sep 9, 2010 6:46 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: On stability
Parent article: Debian squeezes out Chromium
Internet Exploder certainly doesn't; Safari doesn't (AFAIK); and neither does Opera (also AFAIK).
Internet Explorer certainly released often enough back when it had competition (IE1: August 1995, IE2: November 1995, IE3: August 1996, IE4: September 1997, IE5: March 1999, IE55: July 2000, IE6: August 2001). When it reached 90%+ market share Microsoft decided to kill the HTML and replace with with XAML. When that failed it started released new versions again - albeit still sluggishly. Safari enjoys MacOS lock-in (Windows version is a joke) while browser which don't have such lock-in support need to innovate faster, so both Firefox and Opera released few versions per year (sure, they were named "minor versions", where Chrome names it's versions "major", but this is just PR). For example Opera released version 10.60 just two months ago.
The only recent difference is faster obsolescence of older versions - and this is related to HTML5 push: if we are proposing it as a viable alternative to Flash or Silverlight then we must guarantee that new features will be accessible to majority of users quite fast. And the only way to achieve it is to aggressively upgrade clients - like Flash or Silverlight are doing.
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