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Chrome 4 and Firefox 3.6: Navigation Server Competition

Firefox or Chrome? Mozilla or the imperial Google? Or simply good old Internet Explorer? How to choose the appropriate navigator server continues to be a mystery. There are two essential tests that give the best results for choosing the correct server.

The first test measures the velocity of an Internet server in uploading a web page. It is called JavaScript SunSpider and it measures the load time of web navigators, an important fact when we consider that the navigators reinforce the server in our computer. Chrome proved to be the best, with a calculated time of less than one second for web page visualization, while Firefox was the slowest with 1.5 seconds.

The second test-Acid2- is important when considering the accessibility of web sites. It functions by displaying an icon that is more legible and clear when the web navigator is respecting the web standards (correct visualization, respecting the W3C rules…). This test was developed in 2005 and later put into evidence the imperfections of Internet Explorer. Today it is an essential test for the developers and designers of Firefox and Chrome and as a result, both have passed it without problems.

And now, various characteristics typical of the various navigators. Chrome 4 is quick and powerful.On the other hand, this gives more competence to Firefox, which can use a system of extensions and synchronization of favorites with a Google account from any computer. Google is always in favor of integrating its services, above all in favor of portability.

Firefox 3.6 hopes to fight off bad reviews through new esthetics. Now one can choose a theme to personalize the navigator with the module Persons. As well as renovating its’ esthetic features, Firefox has also reinforced its security system against plugin threats and has also optimized the function of JavaScript. It has also made one last big push by taking into account the specifics of HTML5.

There is no such thing as a good or bad Internet navigator. After all, if we observe the opinions of the market: Internet Explorer continues at the head as the most used navigator (62%), even with it’s multitude of defects. Firefox follows (25%) behind with Chrome and Safari (4.6%). Numbers like these show that repetitive use and familiarity might be a factor given that Internet Explorer (1995) and Firefox (1998) have been on the market for a decade longer than Chrome (2009). It will be interesting to evaluate the new navigators in a few years, knowing that Internet Explorer is slowly losing its ground in the market as Firefox and Chrome are becoming more popular.

Margot Berg
Translation by Jenny Kresina
on 14/02/2010
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