Following an anti-trust ruling by the European Commission, Microsoft will be offering up to 200 million European PC users the option of choosing an alternative web browser.
Windows and Internet Explorer users who subscribe to automatic updates will be presented with a screen offering a choice of 12 browsers, including IE, with the top five displaying in a random order.
Here’s our quick guide to the top 10 browsers that you’ll be presented with.
|Internet Explorer (Microsoft)||Versions 7, 8, stable and security improved,auto complete on address bar||Still a major target for hackers and Malware. Version 6 has particularly poor security and stability with crashes that can affect the operating system.|
|FireFox (Mozilla)||Very fast, stable, very secure and well supported,good features and add-ons||Can get a little bloated with all the available add-ons which means start up a little slow.|
|Chrome (Google)||Fast and stable, good security||Relatively new, lack of ‘nerdy’ features / add-ons (which may well be a pro for some users!)|
|Opera (Opera)||Fast and secure, some useful features||Lacking widgets and add-ons|
|Safari (Apple)||Neat interface, secure up to a point.||Lacking in features, actually quite insecure but not currently targeted by hackers and virus writers|
|Flock||Social networking dedicated browser, friendly interface||Doesn’t support major web services|
|Maxthon||Easy to useSupports many plug-insCustomizable||Lacks competitors features like thumbnail previews, a smart toolbar, and anti-phishing technology|
|Avant Browser||User-customizable tabbed interfacePage zoom slider – 25% to 500%Multiple home pagesGood support||Lacks parental controls and ability to synchronize settings from other browsers|
|Deepnet Explorer||Pop-up BlockerAnti-phishingPeer-to-peer facility for file sharing||Not as intuitive as other browser|
This move will result in the further erosion on Internet Explorer’s market particularly with faster and more secure browsers being freely available.
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