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Browsers by Mind Map: Browsers

1. Browser Definition

1.1. Software used to navigate the Internet. Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer are today's most popular browsers for accessing the World Wide Web.

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2. Safari

2.1. Pros: powered by the speedy WebKit engine and with mobile versions for the iPhone and iPod Touch/incorporates the look and feel of Mac OS X with the Cover Flow feature that lets you flip through pages of your browsing history and bookmarks and also includes tabbed browsing, page previews and private browsing

2.2. Cons:Lacking anti-phishing and smart toolbar/ Lacking extension support

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3. Opera

3.1. Pros: Gives you tools to do a wide range of tasks besides browsing/Widely cross-platform that has versions for the Nintendo DS and Wii games consoles

3.2. Cons: Before version 10.10, did very poor on the Acid3 test/for slow connections, downloading this program could be difficult and you may have problems getting it downloaded

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4. Firefox

4.1. Pros: Offers a high level of customisability due to third-party support/more than 6000 free add-ons are available to choose from

4.2. Cons: Speed test shows that it still lags behind Chrome, Safari and Opera/very lean initially

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5. Internet Explorer

5.1. Pros: With the Microsoft behemoth behind it, Internet Explorer is probably the baseline for web browsing/Its massive market share means web developers have to take compatibility with IE into account when creating any website

5.2. Cons: Has been proven as inferior to the other four web browsers through extensive testing/because Microsoft is behind it, gives less reason to improve

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6. Google Chrome

6.1. Pros: Each tab works independently, so if one crashes, the others don’t go down with it/Google has also opened Chrome to developers to create third-party extensions

6.2. Cons: Doesn’t have a print preview feature/borrows ideas from other open source projects

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