The question we might be asking ourselves is that, how important is which browser I choose, or do all browsers perform the same, what makes them different?
Most of us have no idea. We simple follow the trend and use whatever pops out for downloading, or what others recommend. At certain times in our lives, we are use to handling one browser and ignoring the rest like we do in social networks. For example, most people used Facebook to chat, communicate our thoughts by passing on information, post blogs, post videos, catch up with old friends, and etc.
Let's gain some knowledge on what do the top 5 browsers in the world hold for us.
What stats say
W3Schools lists the most popular browsers as follow in terms of market share:
Internet Explorer (18.1%)
Mozilla Firefox (35.2 %)
Google Chrome (39.3 %)
Safari (4.3 %)
Opera (2.2 %)
Although these statistics may not be accurate, they give you an idea of what are the preferred browsers, but here is a more detailed list of the browsers and their characteristics:
The most popular browser of yesteryear's, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer’s rate of use has increasingly decreased through the years. It's recently launched version, Internet Explorer 9, features some interesting things, and make it worthy of consideration again:
Considerably faster, has a cleaner interface, smaller notifications, security is upgraded, and features tab isolation (so that not all your tabs crash when one does), a feature first seen in Google Chrome. It supports HTML5, CSS3 and SVG. The downside is that it only works for Windows Vista and Windows 7. Still it faces some issues, such as, Lack of cross-platform experience (ie. used in Windows but not Mac), Huge target for hackers and cyber-thieves,etc.
Mozilla’s free and open source browser, Firefox, put up a strong competition to Internet Explorer, becoming more popular than it quickly. A cross-platform browser, it works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and it is one of the most standard-compliant browsers.
It's most striking characteristics are a better rendering of the web pages compared to Internet Explorer, add-ons and extensions to personalize your searches, session restoration, a download manager and pop-up blocking. It supports HTML5, CSS3 and it enables developers to create full-screen video content and apps. One of its disadvantages is that it takes up a lot of memory to run.
Aside from all of this, it also includes some useful features, like a quick calculation system included in the address bar, or drag and drop downloads and searches, as well as developer resources. It also enables multiple profiles in one window, and allows you to access your printer from any enabled web app through Google Cloud Print. Despite being so popular, it lacks in some arens such as, lack of parental controls, doesn't work well with graphic cards.
Safari, produced and developed by Apple Inc, was initially developed for Mac OS, but it was later introduced to Windows (XP, Vista or 7). Safari is generally for Mac users who are operating Mac OS X 8.1 and onwards for later systems. It is the default browser for Mac, but it doesn’t rank very high in number of users.
Standards-compliant, browsing with it is fast and secure, and supports HTML5, CSS3 and SVG. One very interesting feature of this browser is that it removes advertisements and pop-ups and leaves just the text. However, it lacks in customization options, and shows difficulty in deleting cookies.
Now let's come to last (and the least popular, ironically) of the browsers listed, Opera initially required a user fee, but is now free. All major web standards are supported, including HTML5, CSS3 and SVG, and works on all three: Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. Interestingly, it is the only computer browser that has a phone version. Though it may not offer as many features as other browsers, it provides an extremely sleek interface and is fast, secure and easy to use.