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Evergreen browser

Evergreen browser

Evergreen browser definition

An evergreen browser is a web browser that automatically updates itself to the latest version without manual intervention. The goal is that it stays current with the latest web standards, security patches, and features.

See also: patch management, service pack, browser hijacking

History of evergreen browsers

An evergreen browser is a web browser that automatically updates itself to the latest version without manual intervention. The goal is that it stays current with the latest web standards, security patches, and features.

  • Early browsers (1990s). In the early days of the web, browsers like Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer dominated the market. These browsers required manual updates, and users often worked with outdated versions.
  • Manual updates (2000s). Throughout the 2000s, web users had to manually download and install updates for their browsers. This often led to security vulnerabilities and compatibility issues.
  • Google Chrome (2008). Google Chrome’s release in 2008 marked a significant shift. Chrome automatically updated itself in the background, setting a new standard for browsers. It introduced the concept of evergreen browsers.
  • Firefox’s rapid release (2011). Mozilla Firefox introduced a rapid release cycle in 2011, aiming to release new versions of the browser every six weeks. This approach focused on quicker updates to keep pace with web standards and security.
  • Safari (2013). Apple’s Safari browser, used on macOS and iOS devices, also adopted an evergreen approach. It is updated through the Apple Software Update service.
  • Microsoft Edge (2015). Microsoft Edge, launched as part of Windows 10, adopted a similar evergreen model. It was built from the ground up with a focus on automatic updates and adherence to web standards.

Further reading

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