Browser Wars of 2009: Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer

Posted on 15 July 2009

For many weeks, I have been exploring a lot, all three of the popular Web browsers, and thus reached some conclusions. This is not any kind of review in a way; it is just what I, as a layman, who never has less than three browser windows and many tabs open simultaneously, have observed.

Google Chrome:

When Chrome first came out, I liked it very much. With version out, I like it today also all the same.

There are two simple reasons for my liking: Its speed and security. Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine is literary faster than fast. Only Apple‘s Safari even comes close to keeping up with Chrome. Others are nothing but a bunch of slowpokes.

Now, most of the times when you come through review articles with benchmarks the differences, in real life, are not really visible. That’s not the matter with Chrome vs. its competitors. If this was a NASCAR competition, it would be beating them to the checked flag by laps.

Chrome was the only browser hackers failed to crack in secs or minutes in the recently organized PWN2OWN hacker competition. Actually, Chrome never was busted.

So, why Chrome is not my number one choice? Well, just for one reason, that is its Windows, and I am not a Windows-only type of user. Linux is my main desktop choice, & I also use Macs very much. What I need is a browser compatible with all the three major desktop platforms.

Internet Explorer 8:

I know many of you will not take it to be true this, but I really rather liked Internet Explorer 8, when I first began using it. I particularly found attractive that I opened one tab from a link in new and the ‘related’ tabs open with the same color. By automatically structuring the tabs by color-coding, I felt that managing tabs was now much simpler.

Since then, though, I have been listening from other users who have had IE that particular app — oh the irony! — break on them. so the single reason for many people to use IE was to use those backwards Web sites, there goes one major reason to have IE right there. And you, by the way, ready or not; Microsoft is going to start offering IE 8 to users via Windows update. If you really use IE very much, I will suggest ‘skip it’ for now until they have taken out some of the compatibility bugs of it.

Firefox 3.5 beta/Firefox 3.08:

Here, I come back to Firefox which is my favorite browser. It runs really fast, it is much secure, and it works pretty much with every site there on the Web. Besides running on every desktop present there, Firefox has one more edge over the others: its software ecosystem.

There are hundreds of useful Firefox extensions available and they turn Firefox beyond than simply a browser. With Xmarks (formerly Foxmarks) and the Google Toolbar for Firefox, I can perform many additional jobs with Firefox than I can do with any other browsers.

So, as Chrome is faster and more secure and IE 8 is much enhanced than IE 7 and 6, the final conclusion is that Firefox and its friends still deliver me a great Web experience over all. And, if you are a guy like me and want to get information quickly on the Web daylong, that’s no modest.

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mudassir - who has written 43 posts on ixibo.


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