Browser Comparison - The Best Browsers on the Internet Today

Let's face it - the internet has become an all-encompassing force that finds its way into every aspect of our lives today. Be it research for a college paper, gaming, or even dating, the internet is a vast resource no matter who you are or what you're looking to do. Before you can accomplish your desired task online, it's important to first decide how you will access the internet. In other words, you need to decide which internet browser you will use via a browser comparison.

There are several major internet browsers, described in the below browser comparison. Each has its pros and cons, and the "best" will all depend on your preference.

Internet Explorer (#2)IE Logo (20280)

Internet Explorer has long been considered the king browser in the internet world, despite the introduction of several powerful, competing browsers (which will be discussed below). It's free, however it requires a valid Microsoft Windows license. The newest version version of Internet Explorer (v8 at the time of this article) has strong security features, and customization via add-ons. This is the first version to really offer features that people have come to love in IE's biggest competitor, Mozilla Firefox. Currently, Internet Explorer (all versions combined) controls 32.2% of the browser market share (as of May 2010).

Mozilla Firefox (#1)Firefox (21000)

This browser comparison continues with another strong player - Mozilla Firefox. This browser has really exploded in popularity over the last several years. Going back to its inception, Mozilla Firefox was one of the original "free browsers." The features that make Firefox extremely popular are its tabbed browsing (which IE and others later added), fast performance, and thousands of add-ons (over 6,000!). One of the major criticisms of Firefox is its drain on your computer's resources, however this is always being tweaked and improved with each version release. One of my favorite features of Firefix is the non-intrusive find-on-page function, which exists as a bar at the bottom of the window (instead of an annoying pop-up box like IE has). Currently, Mozilla Firefox is the most popular browser with a 46.9% market share (as of May 2010).

Google Chrome (#3)Google Chrome Logo

Coming in third place for the browser comparison is Google's Chrome browser. Perhaps the most fascinating thing about this browser is how quickly it became popular. Part of the large appeal is that was created by internet powerhouse Google, which automatically gives off the image of speed, power, and simplicity. Because Chrome is an open source project, improvements and modifications are generally made in the best interest of its users. The browser also has a very "tab-centric" focus, with the placement of the tabs at the top of the browser. Currently, Google Chrome controls 14.5% of the browser market share (as of May 2010). Look for them to continue to eat away at Internet Explorer's and Mozilla Firefox's market shares.

These are the only three browser that this browser comparison article is going to cover. In case you are wondering, the other significant players in the internet browser market, although they have relatively small user bases, are Safari (3.5%) and Opera (2.2%).