Browser Wars - The Showdown!

Test Methodology

Test Methodology

For our browser wars showdown, we decided to go with the latest version of each available browser. This means we'll be using the beta versions of the browsers or the live version if there no available betas to test. For this article, we'll be looking at the five most popular browsers in the market:- IE8, Firefox (Minefield), Opera 10 Aplha, Safari 4 Beta and Chrome 2.0 Beta.

There are of course other browsers available like Konqueror, Amaya, Flock, but we'll be giving these three a miss this time around as they aren't quite as popular as the five that we're looking at.

We'll rate each browser based on three factors:

  • Features
  • Performance/Speed
  • Compatibility

To also be fair, we'll go lenient on the bugs for beta versions, but for the live version of the browsers however, they do not share this exclusion as they are deemed to be ready for public use.

We've used a freshly installed system using the Windows XP operating system and has the following specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 (1.86GHz)
  • RAM: 2GB DDR2-667 memory
  • HDD: 200GB HDD
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS
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