“Mobile phones, wearable devices and self-driving cars are generating buzz as the future of technology,” Jessica E. Lessin reports for The Wall Street Journal. “But the old Web browser is being reinvented too, in a trend with implications for how consumers work and entertain themselves online.”

“The browser industry may have appeared staid in recent years, with the market dominated by tech giants such as Microsoft Corp., Google and Apple. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer remains the market-share leader for desktop browsers, according to Net Applications, with a 56% share of the desktop market globally,” Lessin reports. “Apple’s Safari browser leads on mobile phones and tablets, with 59% share, thanks to the popularity of the iPhone and iPad.”

Lessin reports, “But behind the scenes, many companies have quietly been enhancing and reimagining the Web browser, as new technologies have made it possible to do numerous activities in the browser instead of through software downloaded to a computer or mobile device. The set of new programming techniques enabling the features is often referred to as HTML5.”

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