Behind the scenes of the internet, there is a war going on between web browsers that has helped improve the internet experience for everyone. Gone are the days of Netscape vs. Internet Explorer. Today, there are many new players and a few very innovative companies that are leading the way.
What Matters with an Internet Browser
As far as internet surfing is concerned, there are a lot of browsing features to consider, but only a few that really make a difference. Here they are starting with the most important.
Speed – save time with a browser that opens quickly and loads pages fast
Organization – how clean the interface is and how easy it is to save favorites
Plugins – extra features that can be downloaded
Security – whether the browser may compromise your sensitive information
Based on the features that matter the most to the majority of internet users, here are my favorites browsers starting with the best.
1st – Chrome
Chrome from Google is a relatively new browser, debuted by Google a little more than a year ago. Google decided to rethink the entire internet experience and build a browser from the ground up. They threw out some features that people assumed were necessary, and then optimized the engine behind the browser to make it super fast. The only downside may be less features than other browsers that have been around much longer. Here are some of Chrome’s features.
- Loads most pages super fast (Speed)
- Removes the File Menu up top to save (Organization)
- Combines the Address and Search bar found in most browsers to save more space (Organization)
- Shows you your most visited pages when opening (Organization)
- Rebuilt security process relative to most browsers and has been successful so far (Security)
2nd – Firefox
Firefox from Mozilla has recently fallen from my favorite browser spot to 2nd. For a long time running, Firefox provided innovative features that Internet Explorer lacked like tabbed browsing and speed, but as some of those features have become mainstream Firefox as sputtered to stay in the lead and has even become a little bloated. Here are some of Firefox’s key features.
- The most plugins that allow you to customize the browser the way you want (Plugins)
- Made tabbed browsing popular (Organization)
- Continues to improve speed though has been outflanked by Chrome (Speed)
3rd – IE8
Microsoft held the only commonly used browser for years after Netscape died out. For a long time, we didn’t know what we were missing until Firefox and Chrome showed us the way. Today, Microsoft is rebuilding IE to compete when the up and coming challengers and is starting to do alright at it. The latest iteration of Internet Explorer is IE8 and here are its key features.
- Most compatibility due to it’s high market share
- Has tabbed browsing (Organization)
- Fairly fast, especially coming from Microsoft (Speed)
- Trying to innovate with new features like Web Slices and Accelerators but potentially making the browser too complicated (Organization and Plugins)
Close behind the leaders are a few other browsers that may potentially compete for the mainstream attention of my top three.
Opera is a browser more popular in the techy world and commonly used in personal devices. It has been fighting for a while and developing new features that we eventually hear about when they reach the top browsers.
Safari is a browser from Apple Inc. that hasn’t quite caught on in the PC world yet due to compatibility issues, but it stands a chance considering that it is packaged with iTunes on most computers.
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