These features can be expanded by using plug-ins to support different elements and to personalize the browser as per user requirement. The most common browsers in use today are discussed in detail and compared to each other in functionality. 3.1 Internet Explorer Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is the default browser in Windows operating system. It is included in the operating system. Windows being the most widely used operating system enables the browser with the highest number of users. This makes Internet Explorer the most popular browser of all times (Lunden 1).
Its versions are also developed for the Windows Mobile platform. The browser is currently only available on Windows operating system and its Mac version has been discontinued. 3.2 Google Chrome Google’s Chrome was introduced in 2008 for Windows platform only. The browser quickly started gaining popularity. It is also available for Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. The browser has a very simple and user friendly interface. Google made support for documents to be opened within the browser. It was a step away from the traditional user interface by Internet Explorer. The browser is also ported on Google’s Android mobile platform.
The browser currently comes in at second place for its share of user base (Mandalia 1). 3.3 Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox comes in third position for its size of user base. The browser runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. It has a variety of plug-ins available for quick access and personalization as per user requirement. The browser is being improved continuously and newer versions are released in quick successions. It is feature intensive of all the available browsers and offers graphic intense user experience.
The user interface has been improved over time to make it simple and easy to use. It took simple design cues from Google Chrome and added built in support for various playable formats. The browser is generally liked by more advanced users who incorporate plug-ins and like to customize the user interface. 3.4 Safari Safari is Apple’s web browser included in Mac OS X and its iOS mobile operating system. The browser is also available for Windows platform. Its user base has grown from its iOS based devices including the iPhone and the iPad.
Furthermore, its share has increased by accelerated Mac sales. Currently, as per user base the browser stands in at fourth position and most of its share comes from its default devices. In simple, it is used very less outside its own platform.
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