Firefox (then named Thunderbird) was originally released in September 2002. It was originally designed to avoid commercial requirements and software bloat. It now boasts half a billion users around the world. It is available on multiple platforms (Mac, Linux, Windows Vista/XP/7/8). It is not a native 64-bit application so running in the modern User Interface of Windows 8.1 does not work well. Installing Firefox is simple and quick. It you are already using it, you simply restart the browser and you have the newest version. You can import bookmarks from any other installed browsers.
Firefox’s bookmarking is pleasant and easy to use. When you tap the bookmark star, you get a small animation which turns from yellow to blue indicating you have bookmarked the site. It will be placed in unsorted bookmarks by default and you can arrange it later. Firefox also has syncing features. You can log in to sync from any device and retrieve your bookmarks and settings, as well as continue a previous browsing session from a previous device. It's all encrypted for safety.
Dragging tabs and windows around freely is a nice but almost a standard feature now. You can also pin tabs if there are sites you always access. Pinned sites will load automatically when you start Firefox. In terms of actual speed, it depends on testing, but all browsers are within seconds of each other on similar devices, so it is a personal preference in that respect. It is also among the top two browsers in terms of memory usage, which is an advantage if you have an older or less powerful system.
To find more information and a list of tutorials for Firefox, visit the official website:
As the name states, Chrome was developed in 2008 as a freeware web browser by Google. Statistics estimates that Chrome has a 51 per cent worldwide usage share of web browsers, making it the most widely used in the world.
Google Chrome has the leading edge on support for HTML5. In very general terms, HTML5 is the combination of several technologies used to make websites interactive. Examples include drag and drop file uploads as well as voice input. Chrome also has a built-in Flash Player so no need to download Adobe Flash and keep it up-to-date (which can be an annoyance). It supports multiple platforms including Windows XP and above, Mac OS X and Linux. Installation is quick and easy and requires no reboot.
Bookmarking, tabbing and syncing are similar to Firefox. In terms of speed and memory usage, Chrome has dropped a couple positions among browsers putting it in the middle of the pack.
To find more information on Google Chrome and for tutorials, visit the official webpage:
Microsoft Internet Explorer was initially released in 1995, which is the first version of the Windows operating system to include the application. Microsoft spent over $100 million per year on IE in the late 1990s with a staff of over 1,000 people. In 2002/03, Internet Explorer’s usage share was approximately 95 per cent. Since the launch of Firefox and Chrome, and the fact that IE doesn't run on OS X, Linux and Android, the usage share has steadily declined.
IE was ridiculed for a long time for poor design, slow start up times, slow page loading and a number of other various bugs. It has since come a long way in a positive direction and the newest edition is the most refined to date. It is only supported on Windows 7 and 8.1, so it is much more limited than other web browsers' platform support.
Installation is not as smooth as other browsers and still does require a reboot. IE is designed to run in a minimalist style interface which keeps the loading time smooth and quick. IE does have an extension capability such as the Firefox plugins and add-ons, but there are very few developed for it. IE 11 is the quickest web browser in terms of start-up time. It also tested quickest for page loading speed. However, it does use the second most memory to do so, only beating Opera in that category.
If you are running a recent PC, IE 11 may be the choice for you, but for any other platform or an older system, you will have to look elsewhere.
For more information on IE 11 as well as tutorials, visit the official site: