Best Web Browser(s) for Windows XP in 2012
Posted 09 June 2012 - 10:55 AM
Internet Explorer - not recommended unless you need ActiveX support
Firefox - a lot of extensions, very customisable, stable but quite slow
Opera - user friendly, many useful functions integrated but often unstable
SRWare Iron - a better version of Chrome, very fast but uses a lot of memory, mediocre extension support
Originally I was a diehard Opera fan but it's become very unstable, especially when using Flash content. The most annoying thing is that when there's an error the browser crashes and has to be restarted. It's different in Firefox where you see an error about plug-in malfunction but you don't need to restart the whole browser. Because of Opera's instability I started to look for other browsers. Firefox is very nice when it comes to customisation as there are plenty of extensions available. On the other hand, it's much slower than Opera and Chromium based browsers. SRWare Iron, while not being very well known, is a very good alternative to Chrome. It uses exactly the same engine but doesn't contain any spying "features" which are present in Chrome. You can install Chrome extensions in it. The problem is that the browser (and it's no different in case of Chrome) cannot be really customised, the options are very limited and extension support still far from ideal. The number of available extensions is also not very large. The browser itself is super fast but requires a lot of RAM (as each tab runs in a separate process).
The conclusion is that I use four browsers simultaneously depending on what I want to do and I think it's much better than limiting yourself to just one of them.
Posted 20 June 2012 - 02:03 AM
This post has been edited by tomasz86: 20 June 2012 - 02:03 AM
Posted 20 June 2012 - 04:22 AM
I'll probably use SRWare Iron as my main browser as soon as all Win2k incompatibilities are fixed (mouse scrolling is similar to Opera too, maybe even better ). Yes, I know the topic is about XP In XP there should be no problems with SRWare Iron and other Chromium based browsers. It's also true that Chromium is a resource hog but I'd still choose it because of speed and stability (but I do have 8 GB RAM here...). The only thing that I really HATE about it is that extensions don't work in all browser windows, ex. mouse gestures won't work in the configuration page or on a speed dial page, etc. It's really annoying but nothing is ideal. I just use keyboard shortcuts more often which work everywhere.
Another problem with Opera is that it lacks many useful extensions due to its low popularity (only ~2%).
This post has been edited by tomasz86: 20 June 2012 - 04:33 AM
Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:47 AM
Posted 04 September 2012 - 06:23 PM
Although lately, MSIE is getting more use than Chrome since it is becoming less useful and more dumbed down IMHO ( and should maybe be renamed 'Chromeless' now ).
Posted 05 September 2012 - 01:17 AM
Wow! Here, too!
Number of downloads: 1
Posted 05 September 2012 - 02:56 PM
Cheers and Regards