The browser wars are over, but no clear winner has emerged. Instead, consumers are confronted with three competing browsers with only minor difference between them. It would be easy to condemn Internet Explorer in favour of Mozilla’s Firefox or Google’s Chrome, but it’s not really that simple. In the end, it comes down to a personal choice: which browser is right for you? Below, we’ve compared some aspects of The Big Three — you get to make the final decision!
A few years ago, Firefox was the coolest of the browsers. It introduced browser plugins, brought multi-tab browsing to another level, and beat the competition soundly in speed tests. Not so now. However, it is still the browser to use if you can’t live without a plethora of plugins. And while Chrome does utilize browser plugins, its marketplace doesn’t have the same breadth and variety that Firefox’s has.
Another benefit to using Firefox is its implementation of an easy-to-switch search feature beside the URL bar. While Chrome allows searching out of the browser, it’s limited to one search engine. With Firefox you can switch which search engine you’re using on the fly. So, if you couldn’t find it on Alta Vista, maybe try Google.
The downside to all of this functionality is that Firefox tends to be a tad slower, and a bigger drain on resources.
It’s unclear whether or not Chrome can still hold fast to the title of “Fastest Browser.” Surprisingly, Internet Explorer seems to be doing somewhat better in some tests. However, Chrome is designed to speed up and streamline the user experience, so using it just feels faster. It’s almost minimalist in its design, and that helps to put the focus on what you’re using it for: the web.
The other major benefit to using Chrome is its “incognito mode.” If you’re uncomfortable with sites like Facebook and other social media tracking your information, this might be a way to opt-out. “Incognito mode” removes the tracking capabilities of your browser, meaning your history will not be saved, nor will you be automatically signed in to any accounts. You’re sacrificing quite a bit in usability, but if you want to remain covert, it may be necessary.
But, again, it comes down to personal choice. If you like the interface Chrome provides, you’re likely going to want to stick with it. But if you’re used to Firefox, you may find it jarring at first.
While there is a certain amount of social stigma to using this browser, it’s really not as bad as people say. Internet explorer is still living down the horrors of IE 4 through 6, a dark age for the ubiquitous browser. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t any good.
Recently Internet Explorer has gained some attention for breaking Chrome’s record browsing speeds, but of course speed isn’t everything.
IE 10 has made some huge strides on the interface level, finally catching up with Firefox and Chrome in terms of search-implementation and bookmark management. However, it still lacks the all-important plugin market.
It has patched up its shoddy security, but it is still slightly more venerable than the other two browsers. This is because, since it comes bundled inside windows, Malware creators tend to target Internet Explorer more than any other browser.