Browser wars

Not so long ago, there wasn’t much in the way of choices when it came to surfing the web. You could use Microsoft Internet Explorer or you could use Netscape. Today, Netscape has been reborn as Mozilla Firefox, but there are also browsers from Google and a popular browser called Opera. Which browser is right for you? It depends on what you are looking for in a browser, how often you use the net and what you like to do.

If all you are looking for is speed, than the browser for you is Google Chrome. Sites tend to load a full second faster in Chrome than in any other browser. Chrome is also winning over a lot of fans due to the fact that Google is planning on coming out with their own operating system soon and Chrome is going to be a big part of that. However, at press time, Chrome doesn’t allow add-ons, which is one of the biggest parts of browsing the Internet.

If add-ons are your thing and you like a browser that is safe and easy to use, check out Mozilla Firefox. You can add on all of the applications you like, such as pop up blockers, time wasters like Stumble or anything else you like. Pages don’t load quite as quick as they do in Chrome, but Firefox is very customizable and that is a big thing for a lot of people. If you want the Internet with all of the bells and whistles out there, than Firefox is the browser for you.

If you are new to the Internet or all you want to do is check your email and a sports score now and then, there is no need to download any of these other browsers. Simply use Internet Explorer and you’ll be fine. For hardcore web users, Explorer is clunky, slow and awkward to use, but if you don’t know a megabyte from a mouse, you won’t have any issues with Microsoft’s home browser. It gets the job done without having to download and learn any new software.

Stay tuned, there are other new browsers set to hit the market over the next year, and they may completely change the way you use the Internet.