Internet Explorer, Firefox & Google Chrome
Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome?
There are literally dozens of browsers that we could discuss, but these 3 consistently rank in the top 3 most used (with the exception of Safari), with Opera sitting at number 4 but not even producing numbers worth discussing.
Internet Explorer used to dominate the world wide web as the only browser even worth considering to use, with about 90% of users using it as their primary browser. And then came Firefox. Firefox quickly took off becoming the second most used browser on the market, and it succeeded in capturing some of the dedicated Internet Explorer users. Firefox is now the primary browser for approximately 26% of computer users.
Internet Explorer’s biggest failures are its security risks and how slow it functions.
It has also become a recent pain for developers, as it follows its own sets of rules in how it displays divs, tables, icons, images, links, header tags, and more. It used to have the freedom to dictate these things, but soon it will need to realize that the market is growing, and it can no longer operate under the same old code that it has always offered.
Firefox’s success has shined by offering it as an open-source browser. Open-source simply means that it is driven by a large community of people, in which nearly anyone can develop tools, plug-ins or add-ons that can be downloaded and used in Firefox. Firefox was also the first browser to offer tabbing, instead of having to open new windows, which often led to a messy task bar.
One of Firefox’s biggest benefits is the add-ons and plug-ins that it offers. The spectrum of tools offered range in everything from web developer and design tools, to shopping and coupon tools, to entertainment tools. The list goes on for everything, and if you can’t find what you’re looking for now, chances are that it will be developed in the near future.
Firefox is much faster than IE, but a bit slower than Google Chrome.
And Then Came Google Chrome
Google Chrome is the moderate in-between, which is now used by approximately 13% of users. It does not offer as many add-ons or plug-ins as Firefox, but it makes up for the missing tools with speed. Google Chrome is by far the fastest browser around, and it’s URL field double as a search engine tool. A very nice addition.
Both Google Chrome and Firefox display web pages and special functionality similarly.
Google Chrome’s only downfall is that some special features and custom web applications may not yet be compatible with Chrome.
So, Which Browser is the Best One?
I cannot name a “best” internet browser because both Firefox and Google Chrome have their benefits, with very little negative aspects surrounding them. I can however tell you that IE is quickly turning into an antique browser. It’s slow, has too many bugs, and refuses to work in harmony with other search engines.
If you’re not big on add-ons, then Google Chrome the best internet browser for you. It’s extremely fast, and offers some great search tools built into the platform.
If you want flexibility in regards to add-ons and plug-ins, then Firefox will be your browser of choice. There is a countless number of features that can be very beneficial for developers, designers.
Internet Explorer is really only good for a few things, one of which is pulling up old, out-dated websites that are only compatible on IE. The other is for compatibility testing, which really isn’t a benefit, just a necessary use.
Facebook Browser & Search Engine
With Mark Zucky basically taking over the world one Facebook user at a time, I suspect that he will be launching either a new Facebook browser or Facebook search engine one day. He has the marketing platforms in place, along with the technology vehicles to move users over from other browsers and search engines.