You really can't go wrong with any Web browser choice these days. Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari, all are fast, standards compliant, and feature rich but All eyes are on Google's Chrome browser as it battles Mozilla's Firefox fight for the 2. position behind Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which is holding onto its market-leading share of the desktop browser market. Google's Chrome 15 has become the most popular web browser version worldwide for the first time. Chrome took 23.6% of the worldwide market compared to Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 at 23.5%. If one aggregates all versions then IE still leads the global market with Chrome in second position, having overtaken Firefox.
A lot boils down to what you're comfortable with and which features are most important to you.A good browser does what you want, when you want it to. At a basic level, any browser you choose will do the basics. For many people, the choice is moving to the product offered their favorite search site.
We've taken a look at the latest and greatest from Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Opera, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox to sort out where each browser scores well or offers something unique that makes them a must-use proposition. Most users tend to use one browser and stick to it as a familiar kind of playground, but are they missing out on the best the web can offer as a result?
What Is Mozilla Firefox?; Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite and managed by Mozilla Corporation.The Firefox browser is created by Mozilla, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web.Mozilla Firefox® has attracted attention as an alternative to other browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari, which are included as standard browsers with versions of Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X respectively.
What Is Microsoft Internet Explorer?; Windows Internet Explorer is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft.Internet Explorer is a free web browser from Microsoft. Internet Explorer was released in 1995 and is one of the most popular browsers today. It was first released as part of the add-on package Plus! for Windows 95 that year. Later versions were available as free downloads, or in service packs, and included in the OEM service releases of Windows 95 and later versions of Windows.
What Is Apple Safari?; Safari is a web browser developed by Apple Inc. and included with the Mac OS X and iOS operating systems. First released as a public beta on January 7, 2003. Safari on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch is a big deal, too. Because you don't just browse a scaled-down, mobile version of the web. In addition to Safari's speed, Apple advertised the browser's ability to protect users' privacy; tabbed browsing; and, on the Mac, the ability to save web pages for viewing on the Mac OS X Dashboard.
What Is Opera?; Opera, which was primarily a web browser for Apple's Mac computers when it was developed, is now a user-friendly software program usable on all platforms. The browser handles common Internet-related tasks such as displaying web sites, sending and receiving e-mail messages, managing contacts, chatting on IRC, downloading files via BitTorrent, and reading web feeds.Opera does not come packaged with any desktop operating system. However, it is the most popular desktop browser in some countries, such as Ukraine.
Chrome 15 vs Opera 11 vs IE9 vs Firefox 8 vs Safari 5 … Which browser is the best? We take the leading browsers "Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari" and put them against four of the toughest benchmark tests available to see which is the tortoise, and which is the hare.
And here are the tests that we put the browsers against:
Other tests are more clear cut. Chrome 15 was the clear winner of the V8 benchmark test (bear in mind that the V8 is a Google benchmark). Chrome 15 also wiped the floor with the competition in the Kraken 1.1 test too, being nearly twice as fast as the nearest rival Firefox 8 (which itself was almost twice as fast as its nearest rival).
Also, given how well IE 9 performed in these tests, sticking with the default browser that comes with Windows no longer gives you an inferior web experience.
Even though Firefox did not beat other browsers most of the time, its consistency and strong score average has demonstrated how solid Mozilla's web browser actually is. Therefore, as concluded by the TomsHardware journalists, the winner this time is Firefox 9, followed by Google Chrome 16 and Opera 11.60. As far as Mac OS X benchmarks go, Safari still remains the web browser of choice.