Scoroncocolo TechPages

 only search Scoroncocolo

Windows Hacks and Facts

Cool Software.

XP and Vista tips and tweaks and lots of other geeky things for computer users

Blog Roll




Online Tech Tips

How-To Geek

What's On My PC

Bill Mullins' Weblog - Tech Thoughts

evilfantasy's blog





Scoroncocolo's Intelligent Design

Goofing-off Page

The National Debt

The Beer Page

Me (Photo)

Contact Me

Recent Tech Page Posts

Internet Memes

How To Jailbreak an iPhone

Do You Speak Chinese?

Re-boot or Restore iPhone

Scan and Create QR Codes

Turn Off Google Search Plus

Popular, Free Smartphone Apps

Some Things I Didn't Know About the iPhone 4s

iPhone 4s Siri and Voice Activation

The A-Google-A-Day Game

Websites Blocked by China

Google's New What Do You Love

Google's New Me On The Web and Google Alerts

The Les Paul Google Doodle Is the Best Google Doodle Ever

The Onion, Facebook and Literally

You Don't Need to Defrag Vista or Win 7 Hard Drives

Searching Google For Major News Stories Can Be Dangerous

Amazon Cloud Drive Music Player

Internet Explorer 9

Google Profile

Black Hat SEO Link Buying

Google Chrome 9 Browser

Listen To and Share Free Music With

Go Mouseless - Use a Pc With Nothing But a Keyboard

Microsoft Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

Microsoft Web Apps Vs Google Docs

Google Docs

Google Dashboard

Google Web History


Lock Down Your Facebook Privacy Settings

Firefox NoScript

Safe Web Browsing

Google's Free Services

Dropbox - File Storage, Syncing and Collaboration

Skydrive and Gladinet Cloud Desktop

Google Wave

Backup and Sync Files with SyncToy

Browsing the Web Inside a Sandbox

Windows Computer Tips and Tricks

Backup Your Music, Photos and Files for Free

StatCounter - Website Analytical Tool

Google PageRank

Long Tail SEO - How To Get More Hits to Your Blog

What Is SEO - SEO Do's and Dont's

Keyboard Shortcuts

What's the Best Web Browser

Windows NotePad

Big Brother Is Watching?

How to Create a Web Page - Part One

Windows Live Mesh

Vista's Flip3D and XP's WinFlip

Updating with Secunia and RadarSync

Live Sync


What's Going On Behind Your Back

Vista Snipping Tool

Hide Files in JPEGs

Hide Files in Vista or XP

Input Director

Posted April 5, 2009 ···· Updated January 15, 20011

Bookmark and Share

What's The Best Web Browser

See the Bottom of This Page for the Newest Browser Market Share Current as of Dec. 2010

The Browsers Wars - A History

what's the best web browserI have underwear older than the Internet.

I have underwear older than the Internet. But the way we interact with the Internet does have a rich if very recent history.

What's the best web browser

Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Internet Explorer and Safari

And it's amazing and exciting how fast this history is evolving. Exciting innovations to the way we tune into the World Wide Web seem to be introduced almost daily. The competition for market share among the five major contenders still left standing in the war among modern-day Web browsers are what's driving all of this innovation making the Internet a more powerful and useful means of communication, entertainment and commerce for all of us. There are dozens of Web browsers in use today - many of which I've never heard of. There are many browsers that have come and gone. But for now the five most popular Web browsers world-wide are Microsoft's InternetExplorer, Mozilla's Firefox, Google's Web browser called Chrome, the Opera Web browser and Apple's Safari. These five browsers are the current cream that have risen to the top of the still evolving war being waged to answer the question - What's the best Web browser?

The world's very first Web browser called WorldWideWeb was created in 1990 by Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Internet. He was one of the scientists working at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and he envisioned his invention as being nothing other than a useful way for scientists all over the world to more easily share data and otherwise communicate.

On January 23, 1993 two students from the University of Illinois named Marc Andreessen and Eric Bina released the first version of Mosaic. This became the first popular Web browser used to connect to servers around the world. In October, 1994, Marc Andreessen having formed a company called Netscape, released an updated version of Mosaic and called it Netscape Navigator. This quickly became the most popular browser world-wide and remained so until the advent of Internet Explorer. Netscape Navigator was a commercial browser but an open source version of the Netscape browser was released in 2002 and was named Mozilla and then re-named and released as the popular modern-day browser Firefox in November, 2004. FireFox is open-source software. This means that teams of hundreds of computer engineers and designers work on constantly improving Firefox on a voluntary basis.

On August 23, 1995 Microsoft released the Windows 95 operating system which included a pre-installed Web browser called Internet Explorer. By bundling Internet Explorer with Windows, microsoft gained a huge advantage. Internet Explorer usage share peaked at over 95% in 2002. Ever since then however, it has been loosing market share to its modern day competitors especially FireFox.

The first version of Opera was made available in the summer of 1996. The first beta release of Apple's Safari was in January of 2003. In September of 2008 Google released Google Chrome.

Which Browser Has the Most Features

The pie chart below shows the market share that each of the five browsers currently hold.

What's the best web browser

Internet Explorer Is Slowly Loosing Market Share

As you can see, Internet Explorer is still by far the most widely used browser in the world. The simple reason for this is that since it comes pre-installed on all Windows operating systems most people don't bother experimenting with anything else. Vanilla ice cream tastes just fine. But for geeky computer nerds there's Firefox and there's nothing vanilla about Firefox. Firefox is so popular with computer nerds because it is so customizable. It's so customizable, in fact, that tinkering with combinations of the hundreds of add-ons, extensions, themes and skins is almost like building your own browser. One Firefox add-on that I really love is called Cool Iris. Cool Iris puts a tiny blue ball next to any link that you mouse over so that placing your mouse over that ball will cause that link to open instantly in a smaller page on top of the page you're on. Firefox has dozens of nifty little add-ons like that that make the browser so much more powerful and fun to use than plain old vanilla Internet Explorer. Granted, Microsoft's newest browser Internet Explorer 8 is trying to catch up. It has added some interesting features but it has a very long ways to go to catch up with FireFox in letting you customize the way you browse the Web.

What's the Fastest Browser

When it comes to speed Google Chrome wins easily over its four competitors.

What's the best web browser

Google's Chrome Is The Speed King

Google's new browser launched on September 2, 2008 with a very simple no-toolbars, no-buttons interface. It's the essence of simplicity much like the Google dot com homepage. Google Chrome has a cool feature I like. If a page you have opened in a separate tab causes that tab to crash, it doesn't bring down the whole browser. Chrome like Internet Explorer 8, Opera and Safari has a feature officially known as Private Browsing and unofficially called Porn-mode. This feature turns off your browser cache, history and cookies. Firefox 3.1 due to be released soon will also have this feature. Recent tests have shown that the newest version of Opera, which is version 9.6 is almost as fast at loading pages as Chrome. It has more features than Chrome though not nearly as many features as Firefox. One feature that Opera has that no other browser has is the ability to react to mouse gestures. For instance holding down the right button and moving the mouse to the left will take you back to the previous page. Click here to see all of the mouse gestures in Opera. Opera may be the most stable of any of the top five browsers. It almost never sticks or crashes. But back to the subject of speed - Apple claims that Safari 4 which is still in beta will be as fast or faster than Chrome. But for now Chrome is the fastest browser to load and is the fastest at loading pages.

Which Browser Looks the Best

Which of the five major browsers render pages most accurately and attractively? Ah, that would be Opera and Safari.

What's the best web browser

Internet Explorer Ranks Last In Acid Test

Which of the five major browsers do the worst job rendering pages? Ah, that would be Internet Explorer hands down. If you're visiting this page with any of Microsoft's browsers whether with IE 6, IE 7 or the brand new IE 8, it is going to look clunky and, well, cheesy compared to what I intended it to look like when I built it and compared to what it looks like in all four of the other browsers. This page displays just fine in FireFox and Chrome but it displays even better in Opera and Safari. Why is this? Because of W3C's Acid3 test, that's why. Acid3 is a series of 100 tests that browsers must pass to be in compliance with the W3C who are the over-seerers of the Internet. Opera and Safari pass all the tests. FireFox and Chrome pass over 90% of them but even the newest Internet Explorer which is Internet Explorer 8 released the 19th of this month can't even pass half of them! That's pretty sorry.

What's the Best Web Browser

what's the best web browserSo, what's the best Web browser? ... Ah, that would be Firefox.

So what is the best Web browser? In my humble opinion, that would be Firefox for a number of reasons.

What's the best web browser

Firefox Is Eating Into Internet Explorer's Market Share

First, Firefox loads itself and also loads pages faster than any of Microsoft's browsers including Internet Explorer 8, Microsoft's newest browser. It's not as blazing fast as Chrome but you probably won't notice that much difference. Secondly, Firefox allows you to customize your copy of it's free software to a far greater extent than any other available browser. I've already mentioned Cooliris and to me that one Add-on alone is reason enough to use Firefox as my default browser. Click here to see a list of the most popular Firefox Add-ons. Another reason for you to switch to Firefox from Internet Explorer is that Firefox is so much more secure and less susceptible to bugs that can invade your computer. The bad guys spend time writing code to hack Internet Explorer since it has such a large market share and they spend little effort writing code to hack Firefox or any of the other browsers mentioned on this page because most of the people who use browsers other than Internet Explorer are too computer savvy to allow intrusive junk to penetrate their defenses. So browsing the Internet with FireFox is far safer than going on-line with any of Microsoft's browsers. If you want to give Firefox a try, I've got a link to it and the three other alternatives to Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer on your computer. You couldn't un-install it even if you wanted too. You need Internet Explorer to continue to receive Windows updates. If you have all of your Windows computers configured to automatically download and install updates (and you should), Windows will continue to do that even if Internet Explorer is no longer configured to be your default browser.

Newest Browser Market Share

Current As Of December 2010

Thanks for Visiting the Tech Pages

use seo to get more hitsQuestions? Comments? Did I get something wrong? Email me at and I WILL get back to you.

long tail seoAdd this page to your Favorites and keep checking back so you won't miss "How to Create a Web Page - Part Two" or any of the other upcoming posts soon to appear on the Scoroncocolo Tech Pages.

If you see anything in this post that needs to be corrected, email me about it. I'll make the changes and make sure you get credit for spotting my mistakes. If you have any questions or comments about anything in this post or any other posts on the Tech Pages, email me at and I will get back to you.

Don't forget to visit my Website at . And if that's how you got here in the first place, hit your Back button and look around. You can read my other Tech Pages posts by going to my home page and looking for them there. You can also look on the left side of this page and click on any of my Previous Posts.

To make this page and all of the other of my Tech Pages easy to find, type Ctrl + d to bookmark me and come back once a week or so and see what's new.

blog comments powered by Disqus
About - Services - Portfolio - Contact Us - Home Page

Copyright © Scoroncocolo 2008 - 2009