Fastest Browsers for 2013
This outlier from China has surprised many with its extensive support for HTML5 and performance on benchmark tests. It can display pages using either Chrome’s Webkit page renderer or IE’s Trident. Maxthon dolls up the browser with many tools for things like finding and downloading all the media on a page. It even includes a Night Mode that darkens primarily white Web pages to save your eyes.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.
For this time, we’ll stick with what most people are using, but we’ll be sure to test Microsoft’s latest, Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8, in a future roundup. Yes, IE10 is available for Windows 7, but only as a Release Preview at this point.
When it first hit way back in 1996, speed was the main hallmark of Opera. It was notably faster than the competition at the time, but the only problem was that it didn’t display all websites correctly. Opera has also been a major innovator. It was the first browser with things we take for granted in all browsers today, including such basics as tabs and built-in search. And the innovation hasn’t stopped: Opera recently became the first to implement standards-based access to the webcam and support for paged content.
Apple’s browser for Windows is no longer promoted on the company’s Safari download page and has not been released in new versions as Safari on the Mac has.