Even though there are many great browsers to choose from, many individuals are still in the dark when it comes down to choosing a browser that would suit their needs best. On this page of Topyaps, I’ll point out ten most popular browsers currently being used, and maybe this will open you up to the possibility of using or trying out something other than the usual you’re stuck on.10. PhaseOut Web Browser :
PhaseOut is a flash-based shell for Internet Explorer. It adds some really impressive looking graphics and customizable skins to your internet browsing experience. If futuristic looks and space inspired graphics are your thing, you might want to consider PhaseOut. PhaseOut comes with top-notch security features, including anti-phishing. Since it’s Internet Explorer based you can also remove your browsing history quickly.
Netscape Navigator is a proprietary web browser that was popular in the 1990s. It was the flagship product of the Netscape Communications Corporation and the dominant web browser in terms of usage share, although by 2002 its usage had almost disappeared. This was primarily due to the increased usage of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser software, and partly because the Netscape Corporation (later purchased by AOL) did not sustain Netscape Navigator’s technical innovation after the late 1990s.
Maxthon Browser is a powerful tabbed browser built for all users. Besides basic browsing functionality, Maxthon Browser provides a rich set of features to improve your surfing experience. In most browsers the addition of tabs has led to more crashes as a browser has to keep multiple pages running at the same time. When one page freezes, the whole browse will freeze with it, leaving you stuck. Not with Maxthon. Its Isolator Technology builds walls around each tab that prevent a single bad web page from freezing the entire browser. Fewer crashes. Fewer interruptions. A better Web experience.
Avant Browser is an Internet Explorer based, no-frills web browser. Avant includes basic mouse gestures, tabbed browsing with movable tabs, and a full 500% zoom. It falls short in comparison with our higher ranked internet browsers, but is a fairly professional looking alternative. Avant Browser was largely inspired by Opera, the first major browser to have a multiple document interface. The developer’s objective was to wrap a comparable interface around the layout engine used by Internet Explorer, thereby achieving Opera-like ergonomics without suffering the frequent problems that browser had rendering pages tested only in IE.
Flock is the Internet browser targeted towards social butterflies. Flock is the Mozilla powered browser that specifically meets the needs of online social networkers by helping you keep informed when friends post or a favorite site is updated. It has a slick interface and plenty of features. Flock is equipped to keep you up to date with your contacts from Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, Twitter, etc. Flock is a great browser for online social networking, but falls a bit short compared to some of our higher ranked browsers in regards to features and utility.
The second-oldest browser currently in use, Opera debuted way back in 1995 and has recently undergone a major overhaul. No longer the quirky choice of enthusiasts, Opera has developed into a robust, full-featured suite of browsing tools. Opera covers the basics with tabbed browsing, mouse-over previews, a customizable search bar, advanced bookmarking tools, and simple integration with e-mail and chat clients. Mouse-gesture support, keyboard shortcuts, and drag-and-drop functionality round out the essentials.
Safari is Apple’s own web browser, and for its first few years was only available to lucky Mac owners, coming pre-installed on all new Macs since 2003. A Windows version was released in June 2007. Safari is a clean, very fast browser based on the WebKit rendering engine that also powers the Linux browser Konqueror. Safari comes with all the features you would expect in a modern browser, like tabbed browsing, popup blocking and built-in search functionality. It also has the best RSS-reading feature available to date, which makes keeping track of a number of websites much easier than using bookmarks.
Google has joined the Internet browser competition full force with a very impressive entry, Chrome. Google Chrome takes a unique approach to browsing the web, combining top notch features with speed, compatibility, and simplicity. Chrome uses complex features but makes them very simple to use. Chrome is an open source project using the WebKit rendering engine. We like what we’ve seen in Chrome so far, and look forward to seeing more innovation and simple usability from the browser in the future.
IE has been the most widely used web browser since 1999, attaining a peak of about 95% usage share during 2002 and 2003 with IE5 and IE6. Since its peak of popularity, its usage share has declined in the face of renewed competition from other web browsers to 55%, and is slowly trending downward. Microsoft spent over $100 million per year on IE in the late 1990s, with over 1000 people working on it by 1999. Internet Explorer is a household name and is used by more people than any other browser. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 makes a good browser even better by incorporating private browsing, improved security and a sleek, user–friendly interface. If you have a PC you will already have Internet Explorer, so definitely upgrade to version 8 if you haven’t.
Experience the simplistic power of Firefox, one of the original FREE Internet browsers. This web browser packs top–notch features and blazing speed into a tidy, intuitive interface that will help you navigate the web the way you want to. A few outstanding features include tabbed browsing, an integrated search engine and many add–ons of all types. This high-performance browser also has a massive selection of great customization features and tools to help you personalize your Web experience. New to version 3.5 of Firefox is improved speed, a private browsing mode, even more security than in previous versions, open audio and video formats, and a bunch of additional improvements.