Supporting Device & Browser Changes

One of the many areas our Development and Quality Assurance Teams at MonkeyMedia Software need to keep an eye on is the continued effort to provide support for all browsers and devices.

In the last few years we have seen an immense amount of change in client-side devices and associated browsers which have impacted application service provider’s ability to extend full support to all browsers and devices:

Mobile and Tablets:

  • The introduction of Tablets
  • A dramatic and steady increase in mobile browsing
  • Rapid increase in iOS and Android Devices
  • A divergence in Android code bases
  • A decline in Blackberry and Nokia devices

Desktops and Laptops:

  • A move towards touch screen devices
  • The release of Windows 8
  • An increase in popularity of Macs
  • Windows XP not allowing the upgrade to Internet Explorer 9 or 10 which has allowed IE8 to hold a significant share of browsing
  • The popularity increase of Chrome and Firefox
  • A move by the three most popular browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE) to automatic and behind the scenes upgrades

While supporting the latest versions of tools that are out on the market is always essential, it is often a battle with browsers releasing surprising updates,  we also need to maintain support of older versions of software that are still in use.  Meanwhile, we need to keep our eye out for future trends:

  • Will RIM make a comeback as they claim they will?
  • Will Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8 gain presence in the marketplace?
  • Will we see XP users upgrading to Windows 8 and finally moving off of IE8?
  • How quickly will Android users upgrade to the latest and greatest versions?

It is amazing how quickly we have seen growth in the computing world.  I  am really excited to see how things continue to evolve over the next five to ten years and look forward to the roller coaster of changes we are sure to see.