Web Browser Roundup
The Internet is constantly evolving. New technology appears (and sometimes disappears) faster than most of us can keep up with it. It’s hard to imagine that only a little over a year ago most of us thought a “tweet” was merely the noise that a bird makes. Now, not only do we have to keep up with the latest trends and technologies, but we must also keep our eyes on the vessel that we navigate this vast ocean of the Internet. I speak, of course, of the web browser. For many, it’s known simply as “the big blue ‘E’,” and for others it’s the centerpiece of their computer’s desktop. Whatever you may call it, the web browser is one of the most important pieces of software on computers today.
Apart from the security enhancements and performance, many browsers also add support for new features that take advantage of the most current technologies developers can use to make for a better experience on the web. I’d like to take this opportunity to expose our readers to the latest versions of all the popular browsers out there that they may or may not be aware exist. All these versions are current as of this writing.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (Windows)
OK, this came out about a year ago, but it’s still not used as widely as some of the others. I mean, according to many statistics out there, there are some who are still using Internet Explorer 6! For those of you who haven’t updated to version 8, I have to tell you that you’re missing out on the best Internet Explorer yet. I highly encourage you to update, especially if you’re still using version 6.
Among the improvements you’ll find that security takes front and center. There are many new tools built in that help protect you while you’re browsing the Internet. Speed is something that has also been improved greatly. The differences between version 8 and version 7 are like night and day with version 8 running much faster than its predecessor. Finally, one of the most talked about features that version 8 boasts is support for many accepted web standards that web site developers and many popular web sites have been taking advantage of for some time now.
Mozilla Firefox 3.5 (Windows / Mac)
The Mozilla Corporation’s Firefox web browser has been a popular choice for many on the Internet. Some of you, like me, may remember the Mozilla name from it’s humble roots as the Netscape Navigator, but version 3.5 is a far cry from the now extinct browser. Firefox is most loved for its ability to add on new features (or plug ins) and to add your own unique look by downloading a theme.
Firefox 3.5 looks similar to 3.0 and has all the great security enhancements from 3.0, too, but the real difference is under the hood so to speak. Firefox 3.5 has vastly improved performance issues and memory leaks that have often been complained about. With version 3.5 also comes the support of new web standards including the budding HTML 5 specification. With it’s slick speed, customizable features and stability, this latest version of Firefox continues to prove itself as a solid choice and I would recommend giving it a try.
Safari 4 (Windows / Mac)
Safari was once the new kid on the block in the world of web browsers. With the new Mac OS X came Safari, and over the years it’s evolved into a truly unique way to experience the web. Noted for it’s lightweight interface, speed, and adherence to web standards, it continues to grow in popularity in direct correlation to the growth in popularity for Macs. Ever since Apple has released a Windows version even PC users can join in on what Mac users have been experiencing for years.
Safari 4 currently touts itself as the “worlds fastest browser” and with its new browser engine, you’ll see why. Today’s Internet is full of rich internet applications and Safari 4 runs them with seemingly little effort. Along with Firefox 3.5, Safari 4 fully supports HTML 5 as well as a wide range of cutting-edge features and styles. Also, the all new Windows version works more seamlessly with Windows. Safari 4 has also made browsing your bookmarks and history simple by integrating their Cover Flow technology with them allowing you to quick look at your history and bookmarks as a small photo thumbnail.
Google Chrome 2 (Windows)
Google Chrome is a new browser brought to us by the most popular search company on the Internet. There browser is very simple and without a lot of the bells and whistles you’ll find in the previous three examples. However, don’t let it’s humble exterior dissuade you from trying it out. There is brilliance in Google Chrome’s simplicity. This fast, stable and secure browser will surely impress the most skeptical.
While Google Chrome’s claim to fame isn’t a library of features, it continually strives to bring a solid, secure browsing experience to any who wish to use it. It’s all-in-one address bar is more than just a place to type in a web address. It will also act as a Google search box and even give you suggestions for what you are looking for.
Well that’s it and my view on some of the popular web browsers the web has to offer. Enjoy the post.