May 20, 2011

Firefox Vs Internet Explorer - Who Tops the Best Web Browsers?

So...the question is, which are the best web browsers? One of them has begun to take over the browser war with its growing name and high security features, the other is the default browser to the Microsoft Windows Operating System, & both are free web browsers.

One of Firefox's biggest advantages is the security they offer. This is often the reason for users switching from Internet Explorer to Firefox. Security is very important for software that interacts with remote computers, such as online banking. Microsoft has been working for years to try to clamp down on the Internet Explorer security holes. They acquired an anti-spyware product, which it released under the banner of Microsoft AntiSpyware. They also promised its new Windows Vista platform would be more secure. However, many users of Windows Vista are rapidly switching back to the previous Windows XP platform.

Firefox also has multiple operating system versions available for users who run Windows (Windows 98 through to Windows XP), Mac OS X, all the leading versions of Linux, as well as some lesser-used operating systems. In comparison, Microsoft has dropped development for Mac, and other non-Windows systems. Furthermore, Microsoft has ceased new development even on their own versions of Windows, making the new Internet Explorer only available to users who have a license for Windows XP.

    * With out-of-the-box features such as integrated Google search in the toolbar and multiple page tabs in one window, Firefox has IE constantly producing similar features in order to stay on par, yet they don't seem to fully perfect them.
    * Firefox has generated incredible brand loyalty by allowing users to contribute extensions to its evolution as one of the best web browsers / internet applications. Not only is this making Firefox the better browser but it's also building the type of brand loyalty you can't buy.
    * Mozilla is making things easier for developers by allowing us to use Firefox as much more than just one of the free web browsers. It's a validator, backlink checker, web developer tool wizard and more. This saves developers time and is a huge advantage over IE.
    * Additional Firefox extensions are easily downloadable and arranged in a way that makes them easy to find. Even better, they allow you to see who contributed an extension, and what other people's rating of that extension is.

That being said, it's also important to note that Firefox is a voluntary download. Meaning, you have to want it in order to get it on your computer. Internet Explorer ships out standard with the Windows operating system and that may very well be enough to keep them at the top.


The IE 7 installer asks users to temporarily disable their antivirus and antispyware protection, which doesn't inspire confidence. Installing the ie7 download requires Windows validation, a restart, and a connection to Microsoft servers, which significantly slows down the process.

Installation of Firefox 2 is much faster and easier, completing in a minute or two. It scans any old versions for incompatible extensions, then updates any that are available. It also asks if you would like to import your saved bookmarks from IE.