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The War of Browsers

Updated on May 23, 2012

Which Is Best?

It seems it has become an age-old question in the tech world: which browser is the best? With the creation of the first website in 1991 came the pursuit of information at the click of a mouse. Once upon a time, people were using WorldWideWeb, Netscape, and WebCrawler exclusively for web browsing needs. Back in the time of dial-up Internet, AOL (which also used Netscape) was a one-stop program for online activity. As you can see from the oldest websites still in existence today, information was just as random then as it is now!

Browsers Created Equal?

When Internet Explorer entered the scene in 1994, things began to change in terms of how the Internet was organized. Not only did more businesses get on the bandwagon to create e-mail accounts, but they also started having their own websites too; people caught on to the idea of surfing the 'net so that they could find the businesses who advertised online. And then came the browser wars. Which one would take you to better search results...and faster? Whose browser was more stable, reputable, and easy to navigate through? Microsoft was determined to make Internet Explorer everyone's favorite. One way of doing this was by making it the default browser on most computers, version after version, and update after update.

Then along came Opera and Firefox, to battle it out with Internet Explorer, and eventually an up-and-coming search engine by the name of Google, which became associated with Apple. By the time Chrome was released, it was hardly unexpected. Consumers became used to having choices.

The Bottom Line

Tech savvy companies and web designers often prefer Firefox, and Chrome is quickly becoming another favorite because of how much more stable they are than Internet Explorer. Don't get me wrong, IE will still do the job, but it's not uncommon for the browser to encounter an unexpected error, freeze, or stop running scrips for one reason or another. Worse, it may even give you a message that it has to close the window, which becomes more of a hinderance than an occasional glitch when you have a project you may be working on that has to get done pronto!

The best way to find out which browser you would like best to handle your needs is to try them each out for your normal tasks, and go with the one you find easier, faster, and more useful overall. Feel free to post your recommendations here at the end of this blog! 


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