Q. Which are the Best

Yes, Internet Explorer isn't the only browser! And it's not even close to being the best! This short list should help you make the right choice regarding which browser you should be using on your computer(s).


The Top 5 Browsers in no particular order:


(Available free for Windows/Mac/Linux):

Chrome is the new kid on the block. Although Chrome is a cousin to the Safari web browser - both share the speedy WebKit rendering engine - Goggle's browser is less than a year old. Despite its youth, it's already garnered praise for its minimalist interface and snappy page rendering. Chrome also handles site errors and quirks well, and each individual tab is a unique process, so a crash or lag in one shouldn't pull down or crash the others. In general, though, Chrome has caught attention for running a performance-focused JavaScript engine in a lightweight GUI. Also worth noting, Chrome has been holding its own in the recent Pwn2Own security challenge, with the distinction of being the only browser left standing after the first day of security exploits and attacks. [Download Chrome]


(Available free for Windows/Mac/Linux):

Firefox is the grandchild of the venerable Mosaic browser and free-roaming son of Netscape. Although Firefox has a myriad of user-friendly, forward-thinking features, a decently secure framework, and an open-source ideology, its most prominent is extensibility. When convincing a Firefox user to abandon Firefox for anything else, even temporarily, you won't have to fight them over giving up the AwesomeBar or about:config tweaks - you'll hear a common, understandable refrain: "What about my extensions?" The repository of extensions maintained by Mozilla currently has over 6,000 entries, covering everything from blocking advertisements, to managing your clipboard, to allowing you to further customise your browsing experience with scripts. Combine the passion people have for extensions and the ability to sync those extensions across multiple computers and portable installations, and you've got a force to be contended with. [Download Firefox]


(Available free for Windows/Mac/Linux):

Opera is a rock-solid browser with roots stretching back to 1994. Many of the features baked right into Opera are either not implemented in other browsers, or require multiple extensions at the cost of system resources - navigation by mouse gestures is one of the flashier examples. Despite being feature-packed, Opera has a fairly small market share, due largely in part to being trialware up until 2000 and advertisement-supported until 2005 - many people were turned off by the expense, if not the ads. Still, Opera proponents have long claimed that Opera beats Internet Explorer and Firefox when it comes to speedy rendering. Another selling point for Opera is the quality of the built-in tools. For many users, the built-in RSS reader, email client, and BitTorrent client do their jobs admirably, cutting down on the number applications they need running at once. Opera is extensible, but the pool of available extensions is radically smaller than that available for Firefox. [Download Opera]


(Available free for Windows/Mac):

Currently in version 5, Safari is Apple's contribution to the web browsing world, and originally built to fit snugly inside OS X. Like Chrome, Safari runs the speedy WebKit rendering engine for snappy page loads. In addition to its WebKit core, Safari also has the Nitro JavaScript engine, which lays claim to radically faster JavaScript execution than Internet Explorer and Firefox (in its own testing reports, anyway), but this is a constantly shifting scene involving lopping off a few milliseconds here and there. Safari sports Apple's Cover Flow browser for perusing your history and bookmarks and an eye-catching display of the top 24 sites you've visited as the default page when Safari is loaded. There is a also a 'Safari Reader' which condenses web pages to easy to read and print versions. It's a good solid browser. [Download Safari]


Internet Explorer
(Available free for Windows only):

Internet Explorer still commands a healthy chunk of the browser market, mostly because it ships with the most popular operating system on Earth and fits, if not exactly elegantly, into many corporate computer plans. While many or most IE users stick with it for lack of wanting to try something else, we definitely don't fall into that crowd. The majority of people who use Internet Explorer are sporting Internet Explorer 8. By contrast, nearly 20 percent of those surfing the web were using Internet Explorer 6 in 2009, although this is now down to single figure percentages. Internet Explorer 6 had its initial release way back in 2001. Version 8 marked a welcome change – it was the first version of Internet Explorer to have a stronger focus on web standards compliance, as well as increasing rendering speed. And like Chrome, Internet Explorer 8 maintained a separate process for each tab to increase stability and security. Internet Explorer 8 was also beefed up in security measures compared with previous versions (which were poor), including active filtering against malicious cross-site scripting and ActiveX isolation from the core of the browser.

Internet Explorer 9 has just been released, and promises to further expand on web standards compliance and contain better support for html5 and CSS3. About time! So, if you are still running an older version of Explorer, please update it and...
[please use this link to upgrade Explorer.]