Choosing a suitable internet browser can be more significant for your browsing experience than merely a brand. As there are probably more than 10 internet browsers available, two of the biggest name you‘ve heard areprobably the one you use to start your internet journey everyday – Firefox and IE (Internet Explorer). Both of these Internet browsers have become rivals to each other since 2004, the birth of Firefox. With constant upgrade from time to time to impress their users, this duo has lasted for about a decade. Today, their war is still ongoing to outdo each other.
While these two top guns cover the mass majority of internet users, we are not limited without other options of internet browsers that spans from Opera, Chrome, Safari, Maxthon, Flock, Avant and some others that remain in the minority. Nonetheless, just by looking at the statistic of this blog, the duo browsers remain as the victors with 45% of Firefox users, 36% of IE users and 19% to other browsers. This statistic would not mean much to a user, but it is a significant figure for web designers to ensure consistency of coding and design for the mainstream and to optimize the SEO of a website.
When considering the both, we take security, features and performance into account. As IE is a built-in browser, people tend to start off with IE as the first experience (or sometimes the last) for web browser. For that reason, hackers are also working harder on IE which makes IE more susceptible to security breach. Despite that, IE remain to perform faster than its peer due to a more compatible system that naturally fit in most computers, IE uses lesser RAM than Firefox. But then again, it doesn’t have many plugins and features such as the ones people fancy in Firefox.
|With Firefox taking more RAM than the built-in browser, it however gives a cutting edge feature such as the Piclens and Youtube accessibility that attract users. Aside from the fancy plugins, Firefox are also in favor for most websites giving web designers the ease of hassle free coding. This advantage saves web designers for a shortcut to perfection with Firefox auto-adjusting of minor coding to remove the ‘fluff’ off the website’s shoulder. Unlike IE that is strict with the precision of coding, Firefox gives more leniencies to minor flaws of coding.
With both on about the equal weigh and technology advancing chronologically, I personally look forward to seeing something more standardized that requires less annoying upgrades from time to time and more stable and faster browsing performance for everyone. But for now, we have choices to make, what would be yours?[poll id=”3″]