Browser wars-Lookup[IE vs FF vs Chrome vs Opera]

Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, etc.… the list goes beyond , since there are bunch  of  browsers on the market these days. Obviously  a question arises, So which one should one choose? Well there are  lots  of criteria that goes into explaining which one would be best for users like you such as: extensions, themes, plug-ins, bookmarks, customization, reloading speed, page loading speed, memory usage, ease of use, etc.… and each of these programs have different aspects of these categories.

Browser war is becoming hot as  comparison of IE9 vs Firefox  has been published recently by Mozilla indicating that IE9 lacks behind in their technology.Through some status Mozilla people  try to establish that IE9 isn’t a modern browser.Mozilla’s Paul Rouget, in a blog post said that Internet Explorer 9 isn’t a “truly modern” browser.”IE9 is definitely better than IE8 and a step in the right direction, but I don’t believe it to be a truly modern browser, and let me tell you why.”Rouget takes issue with IE9′s implementation of HTML5, saying Microsoft new’s browser (which I’ve used here and there since it went beta, and it’s fine for casual browsing, although, incidentally, I’m sill a Firefox user at heart) actually doesn’t support 99 percent of the HTML5 spec. Expanding that further, Rouget illustrates that IE9 supports a whopping 61 percent of Web standards. Compare that to Firefox’s 87 percent.

One of the arguments brought forth describes how Firefox 3.5 supported technologies such as video and canvas tags years ago while Microsoft added support for these technologies only recently.However this raises a question from a user perspective. How many websites actually used those tags two years ago? The same questions can be asked for HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript Api compatibilities.Are users actually benefiting from the additional 125 points of Firefox 4 in the HTML5 test or is the majority of users never going to visit a website that makes use of those tags? What if Microsoft plans to add support with the first major update of IE9?Another interesting aspect of comparisons is to look at the things that are not mentioned or included. No mentioning of the Acid3 test? Probably because the values are to close (IE9 95%, Firefox 4 97%). No mentioning of JavaScript performance?There is no mention of IE9’s hyperspeed JavaScript engine, Chakra. There’s no mention of pinned tabs or per-process tabs or Tracking Protection Lists.

Now lets goes to have an comparison focusing Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Internet Explorerpros:

  • Just like all of the other browsers I will be talking about, this contains plug-ins, extensions, toolbars, easy to find bookmarks, easy way of dealing with history you don’t want to be remembered, easy way of dealing with cookies, etc…
  • It’s simple. Meaning there’s not much to it, you open the browser, do what you need to do, and that’s as simple as it gets. There’s no obstacles you need to jump, nor are there any extra bells and whistles that make this journey just that more confusing.
  • Improved JavaScript Engine Performance: Chakra, the new JavaScript engine for Internet Explorer 9

cons

  • ActiveX is a pain in the side if you don’t know how to use it.
  • Sometimes you’ll accidentally change a setting, and then IE will just not cooperate from then on.
  • Security settings are real touchy, and you can easily make your website viewing life a real pain.

Google Chrome: Google, once just a search engine, now a corporation that is not only putting out phone Operating Systems (Android), their own laptop’s for Chrome OS, Gmail – their web-based mail, Google docs (think Microsoft office, but all online), but also their own browser, Google Chrome.

pros:

  • Sleek design
  • You can type anything within the web address bar and it will Google search it if it’s not a direct URL
  • Recently it has received nice extensions
  • Less clutter, more space optimized for mere browsing
  • Customizable via their themes
  • There is no title bar, it’s just each individual tab you have open
  • Great bookmark management
  • Incognito mode is easy and quick to get to

Cons:

  • Memory hog – open a couple tabs and surf on them all then check your processes, notice something? Tons of chrome processes are running, and what is also bad is when you try to end one of the chrome processes, all of the tabs
  • CRASH! So you can’t just pin point any one process, cause they will all crash.It also has a tendency to randomly crash from time to time.

Mozilla Firefox: Most people these days who surf the web either use IE, or they use Mozilla Firefox.
Pro:

  • Customizable (Themes to Personas)
  • Extension and Add-ons galore (Download statusbar, DownThemAll!, etc…)
  • Bookmark management is amazing
  • Syncing between browsers in a breeze and very convenient
  • Easily hackable in a good way (meaning, you can edit the configuration page and change how the web address bar works, you can in fact make it so that it works like Google Chrome’s web address bar).Little things like how whenever you download or save something, it goes into the Download folder
  • When you close the browser when you have multiple tabs open, you can save the state in which Firefox was in

Cons

  • Plug-ins tend to crash from time to time
  • When using Firefox on a Mac, the bookmark icons don’t show up

All three browsers are focused on improving browser speeds. Internet Explorer 9 RC1 uses its own brand of hardware acceleration designed to take advantage of multiple processor cores as well as optimising the power of your machine’s graphics processing unit (GPU). IE9 RC1 also uses special Windows APIs to improve performance for 3D graphics, and has an improved JavaScript engine.Both Chrome and Firefox use a web standard called WebGL that speeds up the performance of online 3D graphics without the use of plug-ins. Firefox 4 also has a new JavaScript engine called JägerMonkey to improve speed performance. The latest Firefox beta build also uses hardware acceleration to improve speeds.

Fact is there are more features to be compared out among these browsers and at the end  lot of these programs these days have certain functions that one person may prefer over the other, so one can’t assume that just one browser is the best, so try them all out, find which one you would prefer.

Note:Rate on your top browser .

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