Browser Battle: How The Top 3 Stack Up
With the proliferation of the internet and most of our time on any digital device being spent interfaced to the web, browsers have come to be applications of the utmost importance. Gone are the days when all a browser was expected to do was serve up pages from the web. Browser battle has raised the stakes much higher demanding more from the browsers.
In the race to differentiate themselves from each other, makers have suffused these pieces of software with a number of different features ranging from feature-heavy plugins to underlying rendering engines which perform well even when being used on slow internet connections.
In the modern browser battle, three names have been at the forefront in terms of how popular they are. Google Chrome always had its pedigree going for it and it’s hard to imagine a Google product being far from the top in its vertical. Chrome redefined page-load speeds and design aesthetics for browsers. Firefox on the other hand is the dependable browser, known for its ability to be skimpy with resources while serving up a number of powerful features.
Internet Explorer lived in infamy following the rise of Chrome and Firefox thanks to Microsoft dragging its legs on making the browser up to date with the protocols of the day. Developers have been especially critical of IE in the past, having to deal with ungainly amounts of code just to keep its place in the browser battle. However in its latest forms IE has been a potent competitor in the space.
When it came along in 2008, Chrome redefined the way in which browsers were expected to deliver the web experience. Espousing the ideals of minimal design and being zippy, the Google browser has always been one of the most widely used browsers since its arrival.
In its latest update Chrome is still fast as ever but not quite the fastest. Competition has caught up and there are browsers that are faster than it. However, there are a few distinct advantages of using Chrome. It is the only browser that is capable of the Google Voice search functionality. Chrome has also been in the forefront with its HTML 5 support, which continues to be stronger with the update. Chrome therefore makes its place at the top in the browser battle.
The most recent Firefox update buttresses it with a new paradigm in its interface and the way in which it handles memory. Firefox has been the browser for those who take a functional view on browsing the net. This aspect of it continues with the update.
Now it is not only possible to sync bookmarks across devices but also browsing sessions. The redesign results in a more aesthetically rich experience without negating the functional efficiency.
As far as support for new technology goes, Firefox has always been at the forefront in the browser battle. It doesn’t just support most HTML 5-related rules but with latest update also respects emerging technologies such as WebRTC.
Chrome and Firefox had a few easy years contending with IE in the browser battle, thanks to it being the least “modern” of the three. Microsoft has addressed these issues and the latest releases of internet explorer are compatible with most new standards.
In terms of changes to the interface, users would be hard-pressed to differentiate between the latest version and its predecessors. The design of the browser remains almost identical. One aspect that Internet Explorer falls way short on is its support for extensions. It does have the capability for them but the ecosystem is way lacking when compared to the likes of Firefox and Google Chrome. The download manager that comes inbuilt with the browser is a handy feature. IE has therefore been able to manage the third place in the browser battle after Chrome & Firefox.