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Many choices, many options but at the same time, many dilemmas too.

In the past choosing a Web browser was a child’s play, but today the situation is different. Internet Explorer 10 has finally landed of Windows 7 machines and Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are increasing the number of new versions so the users have a tough decision to make.

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Fortunately, you cannot make a mistake with any of the browsers, but still there are certain differences between them that make one browser better than the other.

Here are some of the differences between the browsers and knowing them will help you choose the right browser for your needs:

1. Installation and updating

Installation across these three browsers is by default the same. Users can download them from their official websites if they are already built in their operating system.

Only Internet Explorer requires restarting the computer because of the increased hardware acceleration and several updates. The other browsers, Firefox and Chrome do not require restart, but only a quick browser closure.

Here is a list of browser compatibility:

Internet Explorer 10 (32 and 64-bit): Windows 7

Mozilla Firefox 19: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux

Google Chrome 25: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux

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There is not a clear winner, when it comes to browser updating. All of the browsers silently, quickly, and transparently download updates in the background and automatically apply the new software at re-launching. You can surely make the updates manually, but beware that turning off automatic updates is more likely to put your computer at risk, because each of the browsers is continuously adding security fixes and other key stability updates.

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2. Design and use

Today the ongoing trend in browser design is minimal. The browsers are designed to disappear altogether and to be as minimal as possible, merely without text and small, monochromatic buttons that blend with the look of the operating systems. And it is good to know that all browser satisfy this trend pretty enough, of course with different pros and cons.

Internet Explorer 10 is the newest and most elegant edition to Microsoft’s versions of browsers. It is one of the most minimalistic and sleek designs offered, boasting a single bar that simultaneously functions as the browser’s address and search bar. The single area at the top places your open tabs to the right of the address-search bar, which makes a little pile of tabs, but this is not a big problem unless you are always opening a great number tabs. Another notable feature of IE10 is the single-click bookmarking star now widely adopted by almost all other prominent browsers.

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Mozilla Firefox 19 features a similar, yet useful layout, compared to its competitors and the tab bar is placed above the address bar. The browser offers the same kind of single-click bookmarking that the other browsers offer: All you have to do is click the star located in the address field. There is a “Firefox” button in the upper-left corner in Windows version of the browser and this is a tiny bit of space unwisely used, but still this is not considered a big problem.

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Google Chrome 25 offers the leanest and most simple address bar, stripping everything down into a simple tab layout and address bar configuration that also doubles as a search bar.

This layout houses all of the standard navigational features, like back, forward, refresh, home, but you can easily erase some buttons you think are inoperative and customize the toolbar.

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3. Speed and Compatibility

Most of the browsers are compatible with Web standards, that is, they are able to correctly display the sites you visit and handle speed relatively ease. An ordinary user probably will not notice a difference in the Web page opening speed of IE10, Firefox 19 and Chrome 25. Google Chrome beat all the competitors when it came to HTML5 (a markup language for structuring and presenting content for the World Wide Web and a core technology of the Internet) compliance, but fell short when it came to the HTML5 vector and bitmap tests, while Firefox took the crown in the V8 JavaScript benchmark suite. Although the results are changing every day, all four browsers are worth choosing when it comes to speed and Web standard compatibility.

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