Fastest Browsers for 2013

Nowadays getting to the information on internet is faster than you could in any other way. Now it’s also about and working with Web-based apps playing games that you want to be as responsive as your desktop programs. Google’s browser, Chrome became a favorite among many users because of its speed—speed of installation, startup, page loading, and running Web applications. This last relies primarily on a browser’s JavaScript performance, and initially Chrome trounced competing browsers like Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox in JavaScript benchmarks. But the other browser makers haven’t sat idle. They rebuilt, optimized, and generally revved up their JavaScript engines to the point that on the most cited JavaScript benchmark, Webkit’s SunSpider, all of the most popular browsers have gotten within spitting distance of each other.
Google Chrome.
This is the one that started the recent speed craze. Google’s browser gets a new version number about every two months, and occasionally these include new speed-ups. While initially, Chrome far surpassed the competition in JavaScript speed, others have caught up. Google has also added hardware acceleration support not only for Windows, but for Mac OS X and Linux, too.
Maxthon.
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.
Mozilla Firefox.
The only browser not coming from a commercial interest, Firefox is a new-standards-embracing, constantly updated, feature-packed browser. Startup speed has been an issue, and Firefox has fallen behind Chrome in some benchmarks. But it was earlier with hardware acceleration, and a new JavaScript engine and faster startup times have gotten it back into the game.
Opera.
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.
Safari.
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.

 

Courtesy: PCMag

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