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What are some differences between Chrome, Safari, Firefox?

Can anyone provide some primary differences between Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer?

I'm researching this for an entry-level tech class and it's tough focusing the info I've learned. I know they each have pros and cons, varying levels of security, customization, extensions, speed, etc., but if you had to really nail it down to a few key concepts, what would you say stands out for each?

Any tips are appreciated. Happy

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At end, for most, nothing.

In reply to: What are some differences between Chrome, Safari, Firefox?

Remember we have to set some ground rules such as not getting into addons.

All these do is fetch web content, render and show the results. That's it. If they didn't work, they would not be useful. As to differences I use all but the Microsoft browsers because of one simple fact. Ready?

It's used by so many that it's the biggest target for exploits. Easy to avoid by using anything else.

-> Each one has a different interface, sync system and some may use more RAM or more CPU power but does it matter? Only if it matters to you.

Having choices is good. If anyone takes up the mantle to wage another browser war then they are just doing that and you let them carry on.

I can't think of any key concepts that differ on the large side of the discussion. Except one.
Microsoft may be the slowest to patch.

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From there

In reply to: Comparisons in a wiki

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In reply to: What are some differences between Chrome, Safari, Firefox?

Thanks guys, for the link and, Mr. Proffitt, the detailed answer. I'd actually heard the same about's the least secure. But that's about the only real difference I've known of for awhile. Happy

To be honest, I'm still not sure how I'm supposed to answer the original question for this class. Like you said, they really have so many similarities. Without going into extremely specific details (browser A loaded at this speed while browser B loaded as a slower speed) it seems awfully simplistic to describe general differences. Oh well, I'll figure something out.

Thanks again!

Post was last edited on January 11, 2018 2:47 PM PST

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For everyday use on say 99% of the web sites out there.

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All of them work.

Now if was pop the hood and dive deeper we get into areas like the wikipedia covered.

Once in a while I get the question about a web site that didn't work on a browser and it's a lot of work to find out why most of the time. But for you I'll share two things/tools/sites I use.

1. details this great tool in different ways.
2. If we know what code is in play I can head to

You can find some browser scores there and what they tell us.

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In reply to: For everyday use on say 99% of the web sites out there.

Awesome, thank you again. Blush

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Firefox used to be most customizable

In reply to: What are some differences between Chrome, Safari, Firefox?

If you do take into account addons, Firefox used to have by far the greatest variety. A lot more of the user experience could be altered. The recent change to Webextensions has closed down a lot of that flexibility. Now, there's much less difference from Chrome.

Drake Christensen

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