Browsers don’t have an easy time of it. For a time in the past year the browser was the entry point to universal, web or cloud based software. Lately there has been a lively competition among the browsers that has benefited the user. But Stephen Shankland in Browsers: Top 5 events from 2012 (CNet, Dec 22) sees challenges to browser choice from iPhones and tablets – or, we should say, particular companies that strive to create an unassailable presence. Their names? Facebook with its native apps and move away from HTML5, Microsoft and its WinRT interface that limits third party software. Chromebooks is another exclusive leaning operation.
Think about this when you buy new mobile devices. There may not be any browser choice and you may be limited in what you can do.