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Browser Comparisons

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Terri Davis

on 7 June 2011

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Transcript of Browser Comparisons

Browsers
Google Chrome
Initial relesae date: September 2, 2008 (both stable and Beta version for Windows XP released later)
It is currently available in 50 languages
The stable and Beta versions for Mac OS X and Linux release date: May 21, 2010
Stable and Beta versions for Mac OS X and Linux is currently available in 50 languages also
The browser's coding is based off of the Chromium open-source coding
Windows Internet Explorer
Initial release date: August 1995 (Windows 95)
Second version release: November 1995 (Windows NT)
Most recent version release: September 15, 2010 (IE9 Beta)
Most widely used browser since 1995 (it peaked at 95% in 2002 and 2003 with IE5 and IE6)
Opera
Initial release date: December 9, 1996
Available in 45 languages
Most popular mobile browser
Only commercial browser used with Nintendo gaming systems
Licensed under Adobe Systems
Safari
First Beta release: January 7, 2003
First stable release for Windows: June 11, 2007
Does not contain parental controls
Cannot zoom on page
No private browsing
Available in 70 languages
Firefox
Comparisons
As of January 2011:
Internet explorer: 43.55%
Mozilla Firefox: 29.0%
Google Chrome: 13.89%
Safari: 6.18%
Opera: 2.74%
Other mobile browsers: 4.45%
Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Opera contain all sought-after features. (Bookmark Manager, Download Managment, Password Managment, Form Managment, Spell Checking, Seach Engine Toolbar, Privacy Mode, Auto-updating, and Per-site Security Configuration)

Internet Explorer has every feature except for one. (Spell checking)

Chrome has not known vulnerabilities while all of the others have at least one.
Firefox- "Best overall"
Good: Fast, customizable, uses fewer system resources
Bad: Can be confusing, crash of one tab crashes browser, add-on required for private browsing, add-ons required for many features

Google Chrome- "Fast browsing and search"
Good: Fast, simple, stable, private browsing built-in, enables offline use of apps, excelent security, syncronizes across computers
Bad: Ad blocking requires add-on, minimal options, simple bookmarking, uses a lot of system resources

Internet Explorer 8- "Best IE version"
Good- Excelent tab organization, minimal crashing problems, privacy options, good security
Bad: Slow, uses a lot of CPU and memory

Opera- "Best for older computers"
Good: Doesn't slow older computers, excellent searching history, syncronizes across computers
Bad: No ad-blocking, not fastest, no private browsing
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