Opera

Right now there is a lot of buzz about Opera on iPhone and Mac being the fastest browser on these systems. Before using Firefox I used Opera on the PC but stopped doing it as Opera is messing up the rendering of many websites and Firefox is (at least on the PC) as fast as Opera. I still feel some sentiment for this browser that made me addicted to features like mouse gestures so I started using it a home a little bit more. The new Opera 10 is really amazing… what I like most about it is the tab feature that shows a thumbnail of the website, similar to Windows 7 showing thumbnails in the task bar. Where Opera is really faster than Firefox is the start up speed of the browser program itself!

Opera for Mac:

http://cnettv.cnet.com/new-opera-blazes-onto-mac/9742-1_53-50086846.html

Opera for iPhone:

http://cnettv.cnet.com/opera-mini-5-iphone/9742-1_53-50086252.html

Download:

http://www.opera.com/

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The revenge of Netscape

It looked for a while that Microsoft won the browser war with their Internet Explorer against Netscape… but since a few years the trend is changing. It’s not Netscape coming back of course but it is a late revenge in my opinion. Many people don’t know that Mozilla Firefox is a successor of one of the latest Netscape versions (more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozilla_Application_Suite). How large the market share of Firefox is depends on the country and the visited site but IE gets the underdog with more users having Firefox than Internet Explorer on many sites! It’s amazing how a browser that doesn’t come with your Operating System can gain such a vast popularity!

My first browser has been something that came with the CompuServe installation CD-ROM and I’m not sure if it has been Mosaic or an early CompuServe-branded Netscape version but after discovering Netscape I started using it for many years… till version 6. Then at some re-install of my Windows system where I’ve been too lazy to install Netscape I started using Internet Explorer and kept using it for many years. About two years ago I started using Firefox due to the vast amount of very useful add-ons! It hasn’t be the browser itself or any security related issue that made me switch… it have been the add-ons!

More on the browser wars: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Browser_wars

Check how Firefox gained market share: http://gs.statcounter.com/?nomore=ie6#browser_version-ww-weekly-200827-200951