Top 5 web browsers

Browsers, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari

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Thousands of users surf the web every day, and most of them use it for browsing. Browsers are the easiest way of finding the information you need, but is the browser you are using the best option? Here you can find a list of the main browsers found today and their characteristics.

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Browser Statistics

W3Schools lists the most popular browsers as follow in terms of market share:

  • Internet Explorer (18.1%)
  • Mozilla Firefox (35.2 %)
  • Google Chrome (39.3 %)
  • Safari (4.3 %)
  • Opera (2.2 %)
  • These were the data known as of May 2012, with Google Chrome as the main browser today, and it shows how statistics have changed throughout the years. Although these statistics may not be accurate, they give you an idea of what are the preferred browsers, but here is a more detailed list of the browsers and their characteristics.

    Internet Explorer

    Internet Explorer
    For years the most popular browser, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer’s rate of use has increasingly decreased through the years. However, its newest version, Internet Explorer 9, features some interesting things, and make it worthy of consideration again: It is faster, has a cleaner interface, smaller notifications, security is upgraded, and features tab isolation (so that not all your tabs crash when one does), a feature first seen in Google’s Chrome. It also features one box for both addresses and web search, again something Chrome started doing, and a download manager. It supports HTML5, CSS3 and SVG. The downside is that it only works for Windows Vista and Windows 7.

    Firefox

    firefox In 2003 Mozilla’s browser, Firefox, started competing with Internet Explorer, becoming more popular than it quickly. A cross-platform browser, it works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and it is one of the most standard-compliant browsers. Among its most appealing characteristics are a better rendering of the web pages compared to Internet Explorer, add-ons and extensions to personalize your searches, session restoration, a download manager and pop-up blocking. It also features the all-in-one address and search bar, although it also has a separate search bar that you can personalize to browse in Google, Yahoo, Bing, or even other websites, like dictionaries, Wikipedia, etc. It supports HTML5, CSS3 and it enables developers to create full-screen video content and apps.

    Chrome

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    Launched by Google in 2008, Chrome was meant to rethink browsing completely. It is the most used browser today, and its popularity continues to grow, as it has lived up to the users’ expectations. Chrome was the first browser to introduce tab isolation and one box for both addresses and searches, and it started as a faster and cleaner browser. Aside from all of this, it also includes some useful features, like a quick calculation system included in the address bar, or drag and drop downloads and searches, as well as developer resources. It also enables multiple profiles in one window, and allows you to access your printer from any enabled web app through Google Cloud Print.

    Safari

    Safari
    Apple’s Safari was initially developed for Mac OS, but it was later introduced to Windows (XP, Vista or 7). It is the default browser for Mac, but it doesn’t rank very high in number of users. Standards-compliant, browsing with it is fast and secure, and supports HTML5, CSS3 and SVG. An interesting feature of this browser is that it removes advertisements and pop-ups and leaves just the text, to allow you to read any given article without being bothered by these. Like all browsers now, it enables DNS prefetching to allow users to make searches using the address bar.

    Opera

    Opera
    The least popular of the browsers listed, Opera initially required a user fee, but is now free. It supports all major web standards, including HTML5, CSS3 and SVG, and it works on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. It is the only computer browser that has a phone version (see a complete review of mobile browsers here), and although it may not offer as many features as other browsers, it has the sleekest interface and is fast, secure and very easy to use.

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    33 Comments

    1. michael 11/06/2012 at 02:02:23 Responder

      Thanks for the comparison. Are those all the browsers there are?

    2. mka 03/08/2012 at 09:29:25 Responder

      best 5 of all…

    3. Brian 04/09/2012 at 20:04:02 Responder

      Google Chrome is for mac now…

      • Irene N. 04/09/2012 at 23:56:22 Responder

        You’re right Brian, in fact, I’m writing on a Mac using Chrome right now. Thanks for pointing it out, we already corrected our mistake.

    4. joselito 03/10/2012 at 23:33:53 Responder

      google is the best…

    5. Naki 20/10/2012 at 04:05:05 Responder

      You should do 2 top 5 lists – one for PC, and one for Mac. For Mac, Camino is worth mentioning.

    6. Mobiles 06/11/2012 at 00:18:05 Responder

      Any feedback for dolphin browser for android mobiles ?

    7. danielewis05 10/11/2012 at 00:22:52 Responder

      SlimBrowser from http://www.slimbrowser.net and SlimBoat from http://www.slimboat.com are both worth mentioning. SlimBrowser is my favorites web browser on Windows.

    8. dan 31/01/2013 at 06:10:19 Responder

      Opera and Chrome are the fast and the best browsers

    9. tapukiran k 09/02/2013 at 03:27:13 Responder

      thanks a lot im goinfor safari

    10. daniel 09/03/2013 at 06:08:46 Responder

      ther was one missing the missing is rockmelt

    11. Makenzie Stone 11/03/2013 at 01:50:51 Responder

      google Chrome and Safari are the best.

    12. DAWATECH 11/04/2013 at 11:55:56 Responder

      this is really awesome but i prefer Mozilla Firefox

    13. Macey Prescott 26/04/2013 at 01:41:05 Responder

      Safari and Chrome are excellent.

    14. Best Web Browsers for Windows 12/07/2013 at 09:39:03 Responder

      Nice list and Google Chrome and Safari is my favorite :)

    15. Sofia T. 16/08/2013 at 04:44:16 Responder

      They should declare Internet explorer obsolete. Only rookies use it.

    16. Carl A. 08/09/2013 at 18:02:27 Responder

      anyone heard about maxthon?

      • Silvia 16/09/2013 at 07:46:53 Responder

        Hello Carl,

        We didn’t know about this browser, but thanks for adding it to our list ;)

    17. Daiki W. 23/09/2013 at 05:43:26 Responder

      For God’s sake, is anyone still using explorer nowadays?

      • Andrew 11/10/2013 at 02:50:33 Responder

        Only my grandmother, who died 3 years ago.

    18. Jordan 11/10/2013 at 16:49:46 Responder

      Honestly, i think that Comodo Dragon is better than google chrome.

    19. Gator 18/10/2013 at 12:05:35 Responder

      Google Chrome Has a Trojan beware of it. It’s called /Manifest.Json it was installed in the search engine but is also a trojan used to steal Bank and Personal Info and accounts feel free to look it up. Also has /Manifest.Fingerprint which follows your search to place pop up-s close to your search on your PC. Just Becareful.

    20. Richard U. 30/10/2013 at 07:59:34 Responder

      Is there a mobile version of IE? :D

    21. James 04/12/2013 at 13:41:49 Responder

      Internet Explorer 11, the fastest and best browser

    22. Tipu 05/12/2013 at 10:36:50 Responder

      I like Mozilla Firefox most. But I also use Google Chrome for my browsing purpose.

    23. joel domingo 17/01/2014 at 21:44:25 Responder

      i like ninja saga do you like it?

    24. pat 05/03/2014 at 04:31:10 Responder

      I like chrome it is faster.

    25. Olagoke idowu timothy 22/03/2014 at 08:31:58 Responder

      5 of all but me i prefer firefox

    26. omid 29/04/2014 at 02:53:59 Responder

      The opera is fast & user freind Browser

    27. Dean 08/05/2014 at 16:07:42 Responder

      Don’t speak if you haven’t tried Baidu Spark Browser. ;)

    28. Chaos Locust 15/06/2014 at 20:05:46 Responder

      -The combination of search engine and url box for chrome allows them to view every page you visit as a search on google now if you have connect your google+ account to chrome as prompted so many times they know exactly what you’re doing
      -Maxthon has the best download of any browser
      -Firefox is the most customizable browser
      Speed test of the browsers show
      —-fastest—-
      IE
      Firefox
      Chrome
      Opera
      Safari
      —–slowest—–

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