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Browsers by Mind Map: Browsers

1. Browser-

1.1. A program that accesses and displays files and other data available on the Internet and other networks.

2. Firefox

2.1. Pros:

2.1.1. More than 6000 free add-ons.

2.1.2. Offers a high level of customisability due to third-party support for its extensible architecture.

2.2. Cons:

2.2.1. It still lags behind in speed to Chrome, Safari and Opera.

2.2.2. Ranks a distant second behind IE for market share.


3. Chrome

3.1. Pros:

3.1.1. A notable feature is its stability – each tab works independently, so if one crashes, the others don’t go down with it.

3.1.2. Another is the Omnibox – Chrome’s address bar that doubles as a search box.

3.2. Cons:

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

3.2.2. It doesn't have a Download manager, Password manager, or Spelling check.


4. Safari

4.1. Cover Flow feature that lets you flip through pages of your browsing history and bookmarks

4.1.1. Pros:

4.2. Includes tabbed browsing, page previews and private browsing.

4.3. It has a lower Ease of Use value compared to Chrome, Opera, and Firefox.

4.3.1. Cons:

4.4. It uses more Memory than Chrome, Opera, and Firefox.


5. Explorer

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

5.1.1. Pros:

5.2. Its massive market share means web developers have to take compatibility with IE into account when creating any website.

5.3. Microsoft’s Mac version was discontinued several years ago, so IE is now made only for Windows.

5.3.1. Cons:

5.4. It had the lowest Performance scores compared to Chrome, Opera, Safari, and Firefox.


6. Opera

6.1. Besides browsing, includes: email, managing contacts, chatting on Internet Relay Chat (IRC) clients, downloading files via BitTorrent, and reading Web feeds.

6.1.1. Pros:

6.2. Widely cross-platform - it even has versions for the Nintendo DS and Wii games consoles. Two unique features are mouse gestures and voice control.

6.3. Performance is rated below that of Chrome and Safari.

6.3.1. Cons:

6.4. It has a higher Memory usage - 10 tabs open (MB) than Firefox