A new report from market research company Forrester says that it’s time for companies to embrace the latest Web standards and start building richer Web experiences that take advantage of the capabilities that are supported by modern Web browsers. The report highlights changing trends in browser adoption and talks about how companies are taking advantage of new functionality.
A key issue addressed in the report is the growing market penetration of HTML5-enabled Web browsers. Citing recent browser marketshare statistics, Forrester says that nearly 75 percent of users in North America and 83 percent in Europe are running browsers that support a large segment of the HTML5 feature set. Forrester says that the penetration of HTML5-compatible browsers grew from 57 percent to 75 percent between the second quarter of 2011 and the second quarter of 2012.
Alongside that tremendous growth in modern browser adoption among end users, the pace of innovation has also increased. New standards are being drafted, maturing, and gaining adoption much faster than in the past. Browser vendors are adjusting their release management strategies and moving to a more iterative approach to development in order to accommodate these changes.