Discuss: The Browser Wars

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October 14, 2011 at 06:02:38
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about your personal experience in the browser wars. Discuss here which browsers you use, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
October 14, 2011 at 10:12:53
I didn't know there was a browser war. I seem to remember reading recently that Chrome was going by the wayside. IE and Firefox seem to be co-existing just fine. Most users just use IE until they are unhappy with some aspect of it or a friend recommends trying something else.

I personally run FF6. Let FF update me to FF7 and lost items I use so I reverted back to FF6. I don't appreciate the nag screens to update to 7 but put up with it.

Occasionally I do use IE, like when I reverted back to FF6 I found it necessary.

Personally I don't care which is the fastest as long as what I am using gets the job done so I won't be voting on the right.


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#2
October 14, 2011 at 10:42:15
I was using IE as my main browser not too long ago. It was a very fast browser, but I just couldn't handle the ClearType, which made some fonts downright blurry. And unlike previous versions of IE, there was absolutely no way to disable it in IE9.

So I switched to Chrome.

What a difference! It was like putting on glasses for the first time. And while I couldn't detect much of a difference in speed between the two browsers running on my 3.2GHz dual-core, Chrome gave my old 1.8GHz PIII a huge boost (the PIII's x1950Pro video card couldn't use IE9's DirectX10 GPU acceleration).

Ever since switching to Chrome:
-I've uninstalled my PDF reader. The browser opens and scrolls through PDFs a million times faster than any of the standalone readers I've used.

-Adobe stopped prompting me to update Flash. Chrome includes Flash, so when the browser updates itself (in the background--you don't even notice it happening), Flash automatically gets updated, too.

-Fewer browser-related crashes. IE9 was very stable, but in the month or two that I've been using Chrome, I've never had to restart the browser.

-More memory available after closing the browser. Chrome seems to release memory quicker than IE9. Not a big deal, really--more of a "feel good" feature.

-My eyes feel much better after a browsing session. Did I already mention that?

So yeah, Chrome has earned itself another fanboy.

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#3
October 14, 2011 at 11:39:58
I used IE for years and tolerated its foibles. Tried firefox fox but didn't liker it. Then I discovered Opera and nothing has ever been the same since.

Stuart


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#5
October 14, 2011 at 16:41:29
I've used IE since IE3. IE is all I'll use until it completely fails me. I haven't had the problems with it everyone else mentions. Rarely do I get a browser crash. That being said I am not at all attempting to claim that IE is better than FF or Opera or Chrome. IE is what I learned on and what I am comfortable with so I stick with it. I have tried, I want to say all the others but am sure that's wrong, several others.

Chrome to me was the worst. I ran it for about ten minutes and uninstalled it after about the fifth time it froze up on me. I did give FF a good try. Several years ago I tried it and didn't like it but an online class I took recently all but required it so I gave it another shot for about a month. I find nothing wrong with it and as far as speed goes I see no difference. I just have never been comfortable with it. I ran Opera for like a week. I actually felt it was faster but again it was so different than what I was used to so I went back. There are a couple others I tried over the years but they didn't leave me feeling any better. Chrome is the only one that has given me grief and I imagine with a little work I could have fixed it but why bother if I didn't really want it anyway.

To me it is all just personal preference. Any trouble I have had with IE I have had with others and I am comfortable with it so why switch.


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#6
October 15, 2011 at 07:59:11
I've experimented with most of the popular browsers throughout the years. I'm forced to use IE8 at work so I'm used to it. I generally use IE8, IE9, or Firefox at home (currently using 7.0.1). I tried Chrome since every said how great it is, but I just didn't see the attraction. Plus with all the conspiracy theorists claiming it's nothing but a huge spyware program with ties to the NSA, I decided it was best to stay away from it. Many of the reports are coming from reliable publications, for example - PCWorld: Google Comes Under Fire for 'Secret' Relationship with NSA. I avoid FaceBook for the same reason(s).

I assume "they" are able to tap into everything we do on the web anyway, but why make it easy for them? In fact, I'm cloaked right now ;-)


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#7
October 16, 2011 at 05:23:52
It's Internet Explorer for sure.Right now I'm using opera, but Internet Explorer is alot faster.

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#8
October 16, 2011 at 09:05:27
I wouldn't say Chrome is going by the wayside (reply#1), I see on w3schools that it now has over 30% share, catching up FF which has lost users. I use Chrome as my main browser, mainly because of its clean layout - IE is just too fussy & I haven't used FF in a while since they had problems some years ago. I cannot recall the last time it crashed which is more than can be said for IE, which still needs to be used, annoyingly, for a couple of websites to display properly. I would have thought that Opera should, in theory, be the fastest, hence it being used on mobile devices & certainly on my phone & tablet it is great.

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#9
October 16, 2011 at 20:22:59
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/go...

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#10
October 17, 2011 at 01:46:04
Even though I use Chrome on my main PC & laptops, I have an android tablet that came with a version of Chrome and it is appalling - installed Opera and it's brilliant, so it must depend on more than just the browser itself.

http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/b...

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#11
October 17, 2011 at 09:45:25
"Google Chrome Now Has 200 Million Users" (Tom's Hardware article)

Exactly what the goverment wants. The sheeple are playing right into their hands!


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#12
October 20, 2011 at 20:31:27
Chrome seems to be the fastest browser for me. I used Firefox, Opera, IE, and Safari. I think the only competitor for Chrome is Firefox, but it's a little slow compared to it.

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October 20, 2011 at 22:00:03

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