- Internet & the Web
An Examination of Internet Browsers
A bit of definition
To connect to the Internet
is one thing.
To Interface requires a
program called a 'Browser'.
This program interprets signals and interacts with them.
There are a number of Browsers.
As most people use Windows or a
Clone of Windows as their
Operating system, the Browsers
I will be discussing (for the most part) are those which work with Windows or come with your versions of Windows.
There are browser applications on your Tablet or Phone, and Linux has its own Browsers, but this article deals with those used on your lap top or desk top with Windows..
Netscape was the first Browser most of us met. It was simple, easy, and it worked. Netscape Navigator was created to work with Windows 3.1.
Before Windows '95 was created, everyone would download Netscape and set it up.
It was easy and it worked.
As the early Windows system was user friendly, the User set the autoexec.bat. This was a program which was fairly easy to write. One would, using simple language, tell the computer, "As soon as you come on, bring up Netscape and implement it."
Out of pure evil, Windows decided to cut Netscape out of the pie, and created it's own Browser called Internet Explorer.
We called it Exploder.
It killed Netscape.
Exploder arrived in '95, coming pre-
bloated on Windows. Those who
didn't know better used it.
As over 88% of Netizens used
Internet Explorer in 2002 it was
pretty easy to hack, crack and
otherwise destroy computers,
because all one had to do to get 'in' was to hack I.E.
And I.E. was very hackable, glitchy, and pretty crummy.
Internet Explore's share of the Market began to descend. In January of 2009, Firefox had grabbed more market share, so that only 44.8% used I.E.; 45.5% used Firefox.
By 2015 June only 7.1% of Netizens used I.E.
The First version of Firefox was
released on November 9, 2004.
The second version of Firefox
was released November 29, 2005.
In October 24, 2006 came the
The fourth version of Firefox
came out June 17, 2008.
There were two versions, 3.5 released June 30, 2009 and 3.6 released on January 21, 2010,
As you notice, it was a Browser that kept being tweaked and continues to be tweaked.
It kicked I.E. out of the driver's seat and proceeded to take over. At first it was very good, then, as we all know, it was 'upgraded' to crap.
As all Netizens know, or learn, good programs are tweaked to crap.
By March, 2012, Chrome kicked Firefox to the pavement, capturing 37.3% of all Netizens, while Firefox had 36.3%
By December, Firefox had dropped to 31.1%, Chrome had 46.9%.
In June of 2015, Firefox only had 21.3%. It's release of Firefox 39.0 (just to tell you how many tweaks it has had) was a non-event on July 2, 2015. Many users declined the update, where they could.
Chrome was publicly released for Microsoft Windows on September 2, 2008. It was created by Google as a direct slap at Firefox.
At first its start was uneven.
In 2008 it had 3.1% of the market share. In 2010, December, Chrome had 22.4%, I.E. had 27.5%, Firefox had 43.5%. By May of 2012, Chrome had out ranked Firefox; it had 39.3% Firefox had 35.2%.
Today, it is the most popular browser with 64.8% of the Market share.
It crashes, yes, it sometimes doesn't load, usually takes forever, but despite it's flaws, it is the most popular.
Just a Pause
As a person who has used all the Browsers mentioned above, it is hard to know which one I hate the most. It used to be I.E., but considering I only use it 1x, that is to download Firefox, I can't really speak from experience.
Firefox was great, it isn't any more. It has been so tweaked, it's like one of those Hollywood plastic surgery freaks whose face can scare even large children.
Chrome is no bargain. Although it is popular, (it's a Google product which kisses the foot of Microsoft) I have stopped downloading it. It takes up space and doesn't give me the service I demand.
So what do I use?
Safari & Opera
Safari was developed by Apple. It was to be a Mac product, and is the default on OS X.
In June 2007 a version was released for Windows. In 2012 the last Windows friendly version was put on the market.
It isn't that strong or fast or good. I tried it as a alternative but it never made me like it.
Then I tried Opera.
Opera was actually 'born' in 1995. It was always there, but no one saw it. In fact, today, it only has 1.8% of the Market. The best it ever did was 2.8% in April of 2011.
So far, I have found it lightening fast, it doesn't crash, it doesn't load you with all kinds of crap, it just works. No frills.
It doesn't have the 'cute' little side search bar, you put the search in the address band. It works the same. The emphasis is on Works.
Sure I know it's the wallflower of the dance, and no one has ever heard of it. So it isn't going to attract many hackers or crackers.
It just works and at this minute, it's the best of the breed.