Saturday, 31 July 2010

Which Browser are You using?

In today's world, more and more people jump on to their computers for the single reason to use the Internet. The internet connects us with millions of different people worldwide. But do you know what browser you are using to browse with?

From statisics about, a majority of users use Internet Exploer 6, which is an out of date version of Microsoft's legendary web browser. Internet Explorer 6 dosen't have the support for the latest innovations the internet has to offer. Microsoft has released two major updates, Internet Explorer 7 and 8. Which both are good web browsers to use in today's world wide web. But did you know that there are more web browsers than Internet Explorer?

All a web browser does is opens pages on the internet, and the web browsers job is to connect to the website and display the web page correctly so you the user can interact or experience the web. Back in 1994, Netscape became a large competitor in the Web Browser industry. Offering a more secure browser than Internet Exploer, and hundreds of thousands of users jumped abord the wagon to using Netscape. However, today there are many different web browsers to choose from. Today, we are going to look at each browser and what each has to offer a typical user.

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer is still the world's most used Web Browser. And that is because it is preinstalled on every Microsoft Windows installation out there. You probally have the E icon on your desktop right now. Because of this, the people who write malware (or software that attacks your computer) typically target Internet Explorer users. Today, Microsoft advises everyone who is using older copies of their product to update to Internet Explorer 8 to prevent any issues from happening. But there isn't really any reason to use IE when there are more secure browsers than that still around.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox was created as the new Netscape browser. It offered secure browsing and tabs. Something many people never experienced before. Tabbed browsing enabled users to have one window open on their start bar and to have many different tabs of content inside. This allowed you to instead of opening a bunch of windows, to open a bunch of tabs. In my opinion, this is far less intrusive than having your start bar say (26) Mozilla Firefox and having to shift though each window to find what I was looking for. Mozilla Firefox also was a pionner when it came to delivering a safer way to browse, because when it downloaded a web page from a website, it's engine (Gekco), renders pages in a more secure fasion and prevents the holes that Internet Explorer's original rendering engine (Trident) had to offer. Today is is the leading competitor in the Web Browsing world.

Google Chrome

If your like me and you go tab crazy, you will love Google Chrome. Google introduced their own web browser to enable their users to enjoy the latest featuers of JavaScript Library 8, which renders pages remarkably faster than ever before. Along side with the fact that Google Chrome did something no one else had done before. Where in the past when your web browser crashed, Google built Chrome to have each tab as a seporate process in your system. This means that if a tab crashes, it dosen't interfere with the rest of your tabs and your entire web browsing experience. This method of sandboxing each tab revolutonized how we browse the internet.

There are many other Web browsers out there today. Including Netscape, Oprah, Safari (which is also available for Windows), and many more. But take it from me, as a web developer, I make a deliberate choise in what Browser I choose to use to browse the internet. Although each goes to the same place, and no matter which you type into your going to get to the same place, they each have their own advantages and disadvantages.

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