March 2, 2011

War of the Browsers

Most of the non-technical persons wouldn't know what a browser is, but still might be using it everyday for their day to day work, either emailing or chatting or "Facebooking" or "Orkutting". Even in my initial days of getting accustomed to internet I didn't knew what this browser meant. The only thing I knew that to connect to the internet, I need to click on an icon on the desktop which resembled "e". The icon was of Internet Explorer which I later came to know. And then came the browser wars, with browsers like Netscape getting popularity amongst the masses.

Presently browsers competing with one another are, Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla's Firefox, Google's Chrome and Opera Software's Opera browser. Other small companies have also entered into this, however their share is limited.

My Personal View :

I migrated from using IE to Mozilla's Firefox and then to Google Chrome. IE was and is buggy, takes ages to load and I somehow don't like it. Mozilla's Firefox is good and I still use it. But the only thing I dislike about it is that it takes more time to load compared to Google's Chrome. In my view, Google Chrome is much faster compared to Firefox. However, I still use both of them. Opera is good too, but haven't used it much as I am satisfied using Firefox and Chrome. Another browser that I have installed on my laptop is : Epic. It is the first-ever web browser for India. It is built by Hidden Reflex based in Bangalore and powered by Mozilla. It has about 1500+ Indian themes and wallpapers, too many apps for social networking and an integrated word processor too. And the best thing is that you can type in Indian languages, be it Gujarati, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, etc. Also all the 10,000 + Firefox plugins work with Epic. Way to go Epic.

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