Comparison between Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome Web Browsers

Different computer users use different web browsers. Some people use Internet Explorer which is the built-in web browser of Windows OS. Some people prefer to use Mozilla FirefoxGoogle Chrome or other 3rd party web browsers.

Did you ever wish to compare these browsers to find out which is the best among all? Don’t worry. Microsoft has compared the latest stable version of Internet Explorer with latest beta versions of other 3rd party browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome and has released the comparison chart for public.

Please note that these browser versions were the latest at the time of testing and writing this article.
The big comparison chart shows various tests divided in following categories:
  • Performance
  • Ease of Use
  • Security
  • Reliability
  • Privacy
  • Web Standards and Compatibility
  • Developer Tools
And following is the official comparison chart:
Performance: Firefox Chrome IE
Fast startup and shutdown Yes Yes Yes
Fast JavaScript engine for better performance Yes Yes Yes
Popular websites load quickly Yes Yes Yes
Full hardware acceleration for text, graphics, and video provided by default Yes
Notification when add-ons slow browser performance Yes
Ease of Use:
Simple browsing controls for a better browsing experience Yes Yes Yes
Change and add search providers within the search box Yes Yes Yes
Search provider suggestions as you type in the search box Yes Yes Yes
New Tab page includes quick access to common tasks and websites Yes Yes
Websites can be pinned to the taskbar in Windows 7 Yes Yes
Tear-off tabs with Windows 7? Aero Snap Yes Yes
Reopen accidentally closed tabs Yes Yes
Combined search and Address bar Yes Yes
Visual search suggestions shown as you type Yes
Jump Lists and thumbnail preview controls for pinned sites Yes
Accelerators for quick access to web services without leaving the page Yes
Protection from malicious cross-site scripting attacks Yes Yes Yes
Best protection against phishing attacks Yes Yes
Domain name highlighting in the Address bar Yes Yes
Most protection against socially engineered malware Yes
Crashed tabs stay isolated from all other tabs Yes Yes Yes
Automatic recovery of crashed tabs Yes Yes Yes
Tab recovery with messaging and prompting when websites time out Yes
Prevent others from seeing what sites you have visited on your PC Yes Yes Yes
Control whether certain third parties can track your browsing activity Yes Yes Yes
Web Standards and Compatibility:
Supports common and future standards including HTML5 Yes Yes Yes
WebM-encoded HTML5 video supported when a VP8 codec is installed Yes Yes Yes
H.264-encoded HTML5 video support Yes
Compatibility mode to view websites designed for older browsers Yes
Developer Tools:
Tool set (HTML, CSS, JavaScript editing, profiling, network inspection) Yes Yes Yes
Developer tools built-in to the browser Yes Yes
Tools that show pages in different rendering engines Yes
After looking at the tests everything seems the best for IE obviously. But we should not forget that Microsoft took the test upon beta versions of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome where as they took the final version of IE.
What do you guys think about the whole test? Do you agree with the results?


How to Download Embedded SWF files using Firefox

Downloading SFW Files – In the following tutorial I cover the process of downloading SWF (flash) files directly to your Computer using the built in Page info/Media functionality in Firefox. This enables a user to download any flash swf file that might be embedded in a webpage without using any additional software.

How to Download Embedded SWF files:

  • Open up Firefox and navigate to the Webpage that contains the embedded Flash SWF file that you would like to download
  • Anywhere in the empty space on the page, right click and select the Page info option:
  • Next, select the Media tab from the Page Info menu
  • Scroll down the list and select the .swf file from the list. It should be listed as an embedded type
  • Once the item has been selected, you can click the Save As button to save the .swf flash file to your computer:
  • Note: If you want to play your .swf files that you have downloaded, I highly recommend THIS Flash Player. It can be run from a portable USB device as well.