Since my very first blog entry back in 2009-2010, I had intended to write a review on web browsers. So here it is.
I’ll start off with IE
Internet Explorer besides being a Microsoft Product was my first exposure to web browsers. I had IE6 and it give acceptable performance. My appreciation of that version grew with my expanding knowledge of computer and the Internet.I lauded it as a success, when initially, it was the only browser which correctly displayed my website for one of my final year projects. Since then I have upgraded to IE 8 (a tabbed browser) and after adjusting options to suit, it worked well. I now use it side by side with my current browser. It makes an excellent testing environment seeing that most software try to make their products Microsoft Compliant and accessible to as much people as possible. Some websites are also non-accessible unless you use IE.
Firefox (FFor ff)
I first was introduced to firefox version 3.5 some years ago. It was a nice upgrade from my then IE 6. Tabbed Browsers so there was no longer a need for me to open multiple windows;an option to save all my open pages and it also afforded me the opportunity to import my existing history,cookies etc from my previous browser. What I found most uplifting with Firefox is that I now had the ability to pause and resume multiple downloads without having the task bar filled up with pages or the group window showing that I had 6 pages up. This was a dream come true.
As for security, there were more, better security practices involved plus it interfaced well with my anti-virus which would scan downloads before they were placed in the system.
As with all programs, there are teething problems. I remember when version 3.6 first updated, it conflicted with msn, my antivirus (disabling certain add-ons) and some other websites. I downgraded to version 3.5 and by the time I upgraded to 3.6 for the second time, the problem was fixed.
The review on this one is going to be quite short seeing that I only had a brief experience with it. It was in general a pretty good software which give decent performance on my then current system (Windows XP, 512 MB RAM, 80GB HD space) . However there were some sites which could not be accessed with Opera.
Another shorty for the history books. I remember installing this software on my system and on one running Vista. The first thing that I noticed straight off was a slow down with the system. Although it looked quite pretty, I found the performance sucked a little. Besides not being able to visit certain websites, it did not provide a good testing environment for a web 2.0 Website that I was working on. There was also conflicts with certain add-ons and off course it was sucking up a massive amount of memory.
These conclude my review on web browsers. I may or may not add to this list but if you know of one that you would like me to check out feel free to contact me.
Images courtesy Icon Archive submitter benjigarner.