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Series: Browser Share Experiment

“Which browser are you?” is a question I’m often asked. I have to admit, I used to quite like Internet Explorer. When I used it, I never had any problems and the sites that I built at the time were simple enough that they never had any problems, whether they were displaying in IE or in Firefox. Chrome hadn’t been released at that point and Safari didn’t exist for the PC, which is my platform of choice. Nowadays, however, I use Firefox as I find I just can’t do without Firebug, one of the features that, for me, make it the most reliable browser on the market.

There’s always news about the different browsers available – in Germany people were advised firstly not to use Internet Explorer and then Firefox due to apparent security risks. Add to that the fact Microsoft was also made to let European users choose their own browser – instead of automatically forcing them to use Internet Explorer – and you have a massive debate on your hands.

While this debate continues to dominate, I still hear complaints about all of the browsers from all sides. If I don’t hear that Firefox is continually crashing (a problem I’ve luckily never had) it’s that Internet Explorer isn’t rendering things correctly or that Safari or Chrome is running slower than normal.

With this in mind, I’ve set out on a journey to see which is the best, most reliable and secure browser today. That isn’t to say that what I find may be a universal answer – but it may be the best solution for me. And who knows? My mind might change as to what is the best browser for me.

With that, let’s round up the most popular browsers in a little list:

Internet Explorer
Firefox
Safari
Chrome

So, I hear you ask, how am I going to test this? Well, first of all I’ll start by using the latest version of each browser for a week. That’s it – one whole week. I’m not going to test any specific elements – I don’t want to make it too technical. After each week I’ll report back to you with my opinions on the best and worst parts of each browser and my experiences with it.

Think of this as a mini experiment, from an unbiased party, about browsers. Everybody has their own opinion on which browser works best for them– I’m just on a mission to find mine! See you in a week.

Written by Rachel Shillcock

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