You may wonder at times, especially if you are new to the internet, which is the right web browser for you. There are at least three options to choose from and this can sometimes make it difficult to know the benefits of each one and the differences between them. Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer are the most popular of the web browsers used by many people online. All three of these have both disadvantages and advantages, and some are more popular than others. The choice was much clearer in the beginning than it is today because people already knew the browser which was superior to the rest. The playing field has leveled today leaving many to wonder which browser would best perform for their work. The following is a breakdown of the three most popular web browsers to give you a better glimpse into the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Chrome is increasing very quickly in popularity with users of the internet. It was designed by Google, is very easy to use and has an interface that is consumer friendly. Similar to Firefox, Chrome has a fast and huge support of HTML5, and as a result allows web pages to load quicker and without design flaws. In addition, Chrome offers an app store, which incorporates web apps and local apps making this browser very customizable for most users. Probably the biggest difference with Chrome is the relation that it has with Google. There are a number of web apps Google has like Drive, G-mail, etc. People who use these and others of Google’s web apps, find that using them with Chrome is much more seamless.
Designed by Mozilla, Firefox has for a long time been a well-loved favorite with computer experts. Due to recent design changes, Firefox is starting to become appreciated more by consumers as well. Firefox is constantly enhancing its design. Different from Internet Explorer, the URL address bar is below the tab bar making for a less-cluttered feel. Out of the three browsers mentioned here, Firefox is known as one of the fastest, and functions exceptionally with HTML5 support. Firefox security is also very strong, plus there are lots of add-ons making for a more customizable experience for the internet user. Even though most web browsers offer a few add-ons, Firefox can offer more of a variety and functionality.
At one time, Internet Explorer was the only go-to web browser for most people. Microsoft designed, a lot of people hailed Internet Explorer as the superior web browser. The times have changed and now, Internet Explorer has the worst reputation out of the three mentioned here. To begin with, it is cumbersome to use, the tabs go alongside the URL box and stack side by side. When there are multiple windows open, this makes the screen feel cluttered when compared with the design of the other web browsers. In addition, the functionality is not good and it constantly ranks slower than both Chrome and Firefox. Even though strides are being made with Internet Explorer’s latest version to incorporate better HTML5 functionality, it is still way behind its competitors. Making it appealing to a few people are the few unique features such as the privacy tools that are enabled by default, and something called tab-pinning, that allows you to pin certain websites to the toolbar you visit the most.
Overall, there are similarities in all three web browsers. Chrome and Firefox continue to battle it out for first place for speed, web apps, add-ons and HTML5 support, while even though Internet Explorer has fallen way behind in functionality for its users, it is slowly catching up.