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IE, Safari, Flock, Opera and Firefox: tested and rated

Which Web 2.0 browser is the best?

Apple's Safari, Mozilla's Firefox, and Microsoft's Internet Explorer will fight it out to be the program you use most on your PC. We look at their pros and cons to help you decide.

Which one is best?

We're sticking with Firefox. We use web browsers for everything from word processing to story research to invoice filing, and we love being able to customise the program we use most often.

If you like to tinker, you'll probably want Firefox 3.0. But if you don't, and if you don't mind trading away the ability to customise in return for a nicely polished package, you might like Safari. Just be extra cautious at potential phishing sites.

Meanwhile, Microsoft needs to move quickly if it wants to reverse the trend, steadily increasing since mid-2006 according to TheCounter.com, of users' switch to alternative browsers. Redmond must add more than Activities and WebSlices to the final version of IE 8 if it wants the updated browser to be a serious contender.

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NEXT PAGE: Flock, and Opera

  1. IE, Safari and Firefox put to the test
  2. How Safari complies with web standards
  3. Firefox's functions and features
  4. Internet Explorer 8: a work in progress
  5. Our expert opinion on which browser is best
  6. Flock, and Opera


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