Another thing I do is computer testing and computer support to people all over the world...
Internet Explorer, being a Microsoft product is always under the watchful eye of those wishing to expliot... whereas the security failsafes added to it are a heavy burden on it. Developement is somewhat slow (not their main product line) and they always seem to be trying to catch up to other browser offerings. Their browser is heavily tied in the their operating systems, so it sometimes slows the performance of other things.
Firefox is good and sturdy... very resilient. What I don't like about it for support of new users with limited skills, is that everything needs to be added in externally for it to work- flash, shockwave, java, running scripts. It is better in speed displaying those things than Internet Explorer, Opera and some others, but is still behind in performance than Chromium. Firefox does a have a historical problem I've noticed supporting users, where the profile files or the program files get boinked and they iether need to be restored, zero'ed or the program uninstalled and installed fresh again. Just on occasion - but does happen.
Chromium, including Google branded Chromium product has Flash and Java built into the package. It was an opensource project with speed in mind from the very start. They have some problems sometimes, but they are quick there patches of those. Performance? Well, consider that it "is" the choice of online gamers and for good reason.
I have all the different browsers installed. I have them all there for testing. What do I use mostly for myself? In order: Chromium, Firefox, IE, Opera, Safari. (But that is personal preference)
The other side of that, is that some web developers and developer that build things for different vendors, used MS products tied into IE for display. NOT an open solution that would be viewable to new customers, but it still happens. So if you install another browser, keep IE installed for a backup to view those sites.
Of the top 2, there is Firefox and Chromium. Users seem to prefer one or the other based on how they use it and, for them, how easy a method to do things is for them. Each has those same functions, but they just apply them differently, so that part of it ends up being personal preference. Both have hidden advanced functions hidden under the hood for advanced users and for tuning.
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Last edited by MAFoElffen; 07-25-2013 at 08:00 PM.