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Browser Choices

With all this trouble that Internet Explorer has had recently I bet you’ve been wondering if there is other alternatives. There are many alternatives browsers, the big ones are Chrome, Firefox and Safari. They are all similar and different in their own ways.

About the Browsers

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer is generally the default browser for most people on Windows. It came out in 1995 and is now in its 11 version. This browser is specifically for the Windows Operating Systems. This was the first Web Browser and because of this most peoples first view of the internet was using this browser. The latest stats show that Internet Explorer holds about 25% of the Market Share.

Pros:

  • Its Free
  • Very versatile
  • Provides speed and Functionality
  • Easy to use
  • Going to be updated regularly

Cons

  • Big fixes in Internet Explorer take a while.
  • Lack of Security in ActiveX Controls
  • Installation of Flash has to be does manually, and can be slow.
  • Confusion between 32 and 64 bit versions is common.
  • Lack of cross-platform availability. (Doesn’t work on Mac’s)
  • Huge target for hackers and cyber-thieves.
  • Minor site incompatibilities

Chrome

Chrome is another free browser development by Google. It uses the Webkit layout engine (Used to render pages).  Its first release was on Microsoft Windows in 2008, and now it supports over 50 languages all over the world. Chrome now has around 46% of the market share.

Pros

  • Fast browsing speed.
  • Easy controls over tabs.
  • Dynamic home page, allows customization.
  • BUilt in flash and PDF support
  • Has sync capabilities allowing to view your customised browser and bookmarks from any computer or device.
  • Easy to use.
  • Great Security
  • Free.

Cons

  • Lack of parental controls
  • Sometimes you can get conflicts between graphic hardware acceleration on certain graphics cards.

Safari

Safari is a free browser developed by Apple in 2003. It now works over all Apple devices and on Microsoft Windows. Safari is generally used by Mac users and because of this there wasn’t a huge uptake on it until the release of the Apple mobile devices. This also made Safari quite safe as there was not much point for hacker to attack a system where there was only  small market share. Safari now has around 5% of desktop browsers market share but much great mobile market share.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Free
  • Provides a lot of security features
  • Cleans up unnecessary junk
  • Very quick for Mac users on and offline viewing
  • Very quick on windows.
  • Lots of addons available

Cons

  • Lack of customisation
  • Difficulty deleting cookies

Firefox

FIrefox is a free open source browser developed for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Linux. Was first released in 2004 and it is now available in around 78 languages worldwide. It is very customisable, as it is open source and means that anybody can make addons. Currently Firefox holds about 20% of the market share. This is quite impressive as Firefox is part of a Non-profit organisation.

Pros

  • Secure privacy mode and downloading
  • Minimalist design
  • Lots and help and support in there tutorials
  • Easy to use
  • Very customisable
  • Nice and quick and very compatible
  • Easy to add addons
  • Free

Cons

  • No thumbnail previews or mouse gestures though there are plugins availables.
  • Resource heavy.

To conclude, I’m sure most of you already know about the variety of different browsers out there. But next time you are on the net take a minute and see if the browser you are using is really the best fit for you. If you’re not sure try another one and compare. It’s always good to learn the difference and it might make business easy for you. Something as simple as being able to see what tab you had open on your desktop on your mobile might be handy.

Posted by Daniel Smith on 9 April 2015

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