There was a time when internet surfing and Internet Explorer went hand in hand.
Internet Explorer completely dominated the internet browsing market. Internet Explorer’s monopoly resulted in very few improvements and updates previously. However, the situation has changed drastically in the last decade or so. Internet Explorer faces stern competition from the likes of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera Next and a host of other up and coming internet browsers. The introduction of a number of new internet browsers may not please Microsoft, but all these changes are definitely set to improve the overall browsing experience of the ordinary users. This has resulted in an overall improvement. Such stiff competition also means that it is a market where each company is trying to give the users an edge by introducing features which others don’t have. So what are the changes that have come about? Here are some points.
- Compatibility –The compatibility of a browser is the key to its use. For example Internet Explorer is only compatible with Windows OS and Safari is compatible only with Mac OS. Hence, compared to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera Next, Internet Explorer and Safari, lag behind in this regard, since can be used only on Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
- Installation – Installation in all these browsers is similar. One has to download them from their respective websites, followed by the installation procedure. The only visible difference in the installation procedure is that Internet Explorer asks the user to reboot the computer/laptop after installation.
- Updates – Safari and Internet Explorer clearly fall behind Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera Next when it comes to updates. They install faster and much seamlessly and download the updates in the background and automatically apply the software when the programs are restarted. Manual installation of updates is also available on Mozilla Firefox. Moreover, Internet Explorer and Safari updates are not as regular as on the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera Next browsers. This means that any fault in one of these browsers is more likely to be fixed at an earlier stage than the Internet Explorer or Safari.
- Design – Most of these browsers aim to be simplistic and minimalistic and are looking to save space. Features like Google Chrome’s Omnibox, in which the address bar doubles up as a search bar and its single click bookmarking set it apart from its peers. Apart from these, most of the browsers are similar in their design. The users can also change the skin of the browsers. They have a wide variety of choices to choose from. There is also an option where the user can personally make the skin of the browser.
- Performance – All of the browsers are can handle speed with ease and are up to the web standards. All of them are marked improvements from the browsers of the recent past. These browsers are much faster and leaner than their predecessors. When they go head to head, they are neck and neck in terms of Web Standard Compatibility and speed.