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Browsers by Mind Map: Browsers

1. Firefox

1.1. Pros:

1.1.1. Ranks a distant second behind IE for market share

1.1.2. Offers a high level of customisability due to third-party support for its extensible architecture, which lets you install add-on programs to give the browser extra capabilities. This helps keep Firefox relatively lean, but allows individual users to add specific features that they like.

1.2. Cons:

1.2.1. Mozilla claims Firefox 3.5 is more than twice as fast as Firefox 3, and 10 times as fast as Firefox 2, but our testing shows it still lags behind Chrome, Safari and Opera

2. Define: Browser

2.1. New node

3. Opera

3.1. Pros:

3.1.1. Gives you tools to do a wide range of tasks besides browsing. This includes: email, managing contacts, chatting on Internet Relay Chat (IRC) clients, downloading files via BitTorrent, and reading Web feeds.

3.1.2. Has its own widgets – small web applications that start from within Opera - and historically a trailblazer, leading the way with features that are now common on modern browsers including tabbed browsing, speed dial (web page previews for navigation) and mobile browsing.

3.2. Cons:

4. Chrome

4.1. Pros:

4.1.1. A notable feature is its stability – each tab works independently, so if one crashes, the others don’t go down with it. Another is the Omnibox – Chrome’s address bar that doubles as a search box. It also has an “incognito” mode for private browsing.

4.1.2. Chrome’s emphasis is on speed, simplicity and style, using layout themes and an uncluttered look.

4.2. Cons:

4.2.1. Chrome still doesn’t have a print preview feature.

5. Safari

5.1. Pros:

5.1.1. Apple’s own browser is available for Mac OS X and for Windows, powered by the speedy WebKit engine and with mobile versions for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

5.1.2. Safari 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.

5.2. Cons:

5.2.1. Safari was still the first browser to be hacked.

6. Explorer

6.1. Pros:

6.1.1. Its massive market share means web developers have to take compatibility with IE into account when creating any website. Microsoft’s Mac version was discontinued several years ago, so IE is now made only for Windows. Like Chrome, the latest version of IE runs each tab as a separate process to boost stability and security and also features a secure mode for “private browsing”.

6.2. Cons:

6.2.1. With the Microsoft behemoth behind it, Internet Explorer is probably the baseline for web browsing.

6.2.2. IE is tangibly slower in common use and sometimes creates problems with viewing sites as they were intended