1. Internet Explorer 9
If you’re currently using Internet Explorer 8, you might want to upgrade to IE9, purely because the interface won’t be too much of a culture shock for you. IE9 is undoubtedly a vast improvement on its predecessor. That said, Microsoft arrived late in terms of modern browsers – and by late I mean years late. And despite the extra time they’ve had to work on IE9, it still feels a little behind the times. Worse still, with Windows 8 on the way, IE9 is about to be made obsolete by Internet Explorer 10.
2. Google Chrome
This is my personal favourite. Frequent, automatic updates make this particular browser the safest out there. It’s unmatched in terms of speed too – although nowadays the speed differences between browsers aren’t too noticeable in everyday use. Chrome is especially useful if you happen to use a lot of Google services anyway – such as Google Mail and Blogger – as it keeps you signed into your Google account all the time. It is also able to sync your bookmarks and other data with the mobile version of Chrome, which can be installed on your iOS or Android device. Finally, the Chrome Web Store adds another dimension to Chrome, allowing you to download apps and extensions to make browsing quicker and easier
3. Mozilla Firefox
Another top browser, this is the most or second most popular browser in the world – there is some debate over the statistics, but either Chrome or Firefox is in the lead. Almost as customisable as Chrome in terms of extensions, this is a good choice for anyone looking to upgrade their browser
Fast. That’s Opera’s defining feature. It’s an incredibly lightweight browser and it will run quickly on any computer without taking up huge amounts of memory. I’m not personally a huge fan of its interface, but it might be more to your taste. In any case, the incredible speed makes up for the slightly awkward design. Nice and secure, Opera is the geek’s geek browser.
A unique browser designed for the age of social media, this web browser features heavy social media integration. Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites are integrated directly into its interface. If you’re a big fan of Facebook, this is worth checking out. Otherwise, you may find all the social media integration more of an annoyance than anything else.
This browser isn’t quite as fast as others when it comes to startup, but once it gets going it’s difficult to beat. It renders pages in the blink of an eye, which is all most people want their browser to do. Its interface is also customisable; you can adjust the skin and the toolbar to suit your preferences. This browser is based on the same engine as Internet Explorer, so users of that browser will have no problem adjusting to Maxthon.
Apple’s Safari was initially developed for Mac OS, but it was later introduced to Windows (XP, Vista or 7). It is the default browser for Mac, but it doesn’t rank very high in number of users. Standards-compliant, browsing with it is fast and secure, and supports HTML5, CSS3 and SVG. An interesting feature of this browser is that it removes advertisements and pop-ups and leaves just the text, to allow you to read any given article without being bothered by these. Like all browsers now, it enables DNS prefetching to allow users to make searches using the address bar.