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Internet Browsers the Good, the Bad & the ugly

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When we talk about what is and what is not a good Internet browser it usually comes down to personal preference for most people. Not everyone is tech savvy or fussy enough to test and try different browsers. For some people, it simply comes down to what browser was installed on the computer when they bought it. In the majority of cases, this is Windows Internet Explorer or if you have a Mac, Safari. There are other free Internet browsers. Other popular ones are Firefox and Chrome.

Windows Internet Explorer is the most widely used browser ever. This is because it has always been part of the basic set of installed programs that come with a personal computer (PC).
Much controversy has surrounded Internet Explorer because of the fact that it was bundled with Microsoft Windows software. You have most likely heard that they were sued because of this. Although Internet Explorer is easy to use, it is the browser most targeted and exploited by viruses.

Safari browser was developed by Apple, Inc. The first version of Safari to be launched was in 2003. Safari is popular with users of Mac computers because it is made primarily to run on Macs and also because it is made by the same manufacturer of the Mac computer, kind of the same reason that Internet Explorer is popular with PC users. Safari has seen many changes and developments over the years. It can now be used on PCs and not just on Macs. Also, Beta version of the latest version of Safari has only just recently been released to the excitement of fans of this browser.

Firefox is the strongest rival of Internet Explorer. Firefox has grown rapidly in popularity almost since its first version was released. Many people use it as an alternative to Microsoft. Although Firefox has been through many releases and updates, it is a very different browser to Internet Explorer. It reads web pages in a different way and according to different standards to Explorer, causing it to sometimes display pages incorrectly. Firefox continues to advance though and it definitely continues to challenge the popularity of Explorer.

Chrome X is an extremely new browser that was developed by Google. The launch of this browser took place in September of 2008. During its initial promotion, Google claimed that it was much faster than other browsers. It has passed several industry browser tests with flying colors which is a great sign. My first attempts at using it where frustrated by frequent crashes. I am sure though that after a few more versions most of the bugs will be ironed out.

The browser that you end up choosing comes down to personal choice. If you only log on to your computer for a few minutes at a time to check email, it might not matter to you which browser you use. If you are using your computer for work or for anything challenging you may want to download a few of the popular browsers and try them out for yourself.


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