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Browser Roundup

The folks over at Read/Write Web just posted an article, Web Browser Face-off, comparing web browsers, including the recent upgrades, IE7 and Firefox 2.0. It’s more of a “roundup” than a face-off, this is not a big review of each browser, just a comparison of their pros and cons. They look at [tag]IE7[/tag], Firefox 2.0, [tag]Safari[/tag], [tag]Opera[/tag], [tag]Flock[/tag] and [tag]Maxthon[/tag]. Anyway, if a good quick comparison of web browsers with no one picked as a winner is what you are looking for, read on.

The last few weeks have been packed with browser action and the two market leaders, Internet Explorer and Firefox, have launched major new versions. So to round out our recent browser coverage, we present the Web Browser Face-off – looking at how all the main browsers compare with each other in terms of features and innovation. We are basically looking for what is unique, interesting – and missing – in each browser.

Right now Microsoft still holds onto its huge market lead, but Firefox is gaining more ground every month. Probably more importantly, there are other major innovators in the browser space – such as the social browser Flock (a Read/WriteWeb sponsor) and the perennial innovator Opera. The Mac browser Safari of course has many passionate supporters, while new kid Maxthon is one to watch.

Regardless of who will prevail in the ‘browser 2.0 wars’, the users will win. While fighting each other, the browser makers innovate and simplify. They increase our productivity by integrating into the browser web concepts such as search, RSS, OPML, micro formats and more. The core browsers are getting slimmer and faster, while extensions that cover a wide range of services are being developed by external parties. Source: Read/Write Web

Over on PCWorld, they compare IE7 to Firefox 2.0 and come up with a winner, even if their reasoning is because one was first to the table with some of it’s offerings.

Firefox is a global, open-source project, so development has been very swift when compared to Microsoft’s closed-source development of Internet Explorer. We’ve had to wait a very long time between IE6 and IE7, so most users are installing IE7 with high expectations. The good news is that both browsers have seen some significant enhancements in three key areas: user experience, security and web standards. The bad news is that one browser still has better features and standards support than the other.

The better browser is Firefox 2 for two reasons: innovation and ease of use.

Both browsers are loaded with modern productivity features, but while Microsoft is just introducing these features to its browser, Firefox has already had them long enough to refine them, enhance them and make them even easier to use. While Microsoft has added an integrated search box to IE7, Firefox has added auto-suggest query completion and advanced search engine management to its own familiar search box. IE7 can now handle RSS feeds, but Firefox has several options for adding feeds within the browser, a client or your web service of choice. Source: PCWorld

I’m currently using both browsers and like both equally, but I am used to using the big blue E, so my time is mostly one sided, I need to remember to use Firefox. So, i guess I lean more towards IE7 by default, just as some of these people lean towards Firefox. They are both better browsers so you really can’t go wrong.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 26, 2006 at 3:54 pm

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Opera is Going to be Free

Opera has removed the banners, found within their browser, and the licensing fee to make their browser completely free. Opera’s growth, due to tremendous worldwide customer support, has made today’s milestone an achievable goal. The most full-featured Internet power tool on the market, Opera includes pop-up blocking, tabbed browsing, integrated searches, and advanced functions like Opera’s groundbreaking E-mail program, RSS Newsfeeds and IRC chat. Plus, you can customize the look and content of your Opera browser with a few clicks of the mouse.

Download here.

This was just posted at news.com,
“Removing the ad banner and licensing fee will encourage many new users to discover the speed, security and unmatched usability of the Opera browser,” Jon von Tetzchner, CEO of Opera Software, said in a statement. Premium support via e-mail is still available from the company for $29 per year. Version 8.5 also addresses some security vulnerabilities and includes a feature called Browser JavaScript, which automatically fixes out-of-date browser scripts.

Realtechnews.com also has a post about it, “Opera has moved away from selling their core browser and into selling only support services as well as Opera for mobile devices. While Opera may not have the popularity of Firefox (probably due in large part to it not being free) it does have much of the same security when compared to Internet Explorer and a couple neat features such as IRC and voice built into it.”

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - September 20, 2005 at 9:06 am

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