Flexibility is the order of the day as Web technology developers try to keep the easy-to-run but imperfect test from holding back developments of new standards.
In the popular Acid3 web standards test, Google's Chrome beats out the latest stable builds of Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Apple's update to Safari for OS X will tie the browser more closely to OS X Keychain, and include refreshed Top Sites, tweaks to article reading, and much-improved memory management -- but no big changes to the browser.
The browser is ubiquitous, contentious, and the one app that everybody uses on every kind of hardware imaginable. Here's how we gauge performance.
The versions of IE that Microsoft cares about are increasing in use, though not enough to outpace falling use of older browsers. Also: Chrome and Safari are still on the rise.
It's much too early to judge browsers based on 232 HTML5 tests, the Web standard group says. Legit conclusions will have to wait for tens of thousands of more tests.
Browsers are more important than ever, but misinformation, new standards, and evolving tests make it hard to rate them.
This story initially misstated the Acid3 benchmark scores. The latest IE9 preview scores 95 out of 100, earlier versions of the IE9 preview scored 83, and the current Internet Explorer 8 only scores 20.
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