Here at Rentec Direct we’re always testing out the capabilities of web browsers. Our application makes use of some of the latest web technologies so it is important that browsers perform to make sure users’ experience is not just good, but great!
For a very long time the best combination of performance and security has come from Firefox. Firefox is an open source application which has the most community support behind it for a web browser. Because of the ample community support, and excellent programmers, Firefox leads the way still in performance and security.
Google Chrome just yesterday released version 5 of their new browser. We’ve been using and testing with Chrome since version 3 and it has come a long way. Chrome takes the cake in performance, even over Firefox. Google Chrome 5 can rightfully claim the title as the fastest browser in the world, at least for now. In our testing, Chrome 5 is noticeably faster all around the web. It has native Flash support to give you the full web without installing any plugins and works very well with all websites we’ve tested it with, including Rentec’s BackOffice which makes use of many new web technologies. Of note, with Chrome version 5, they now support plugins including some one of our “must have” favorites: Xmarks.
Other popular browsers include Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) and Apple’s Safari browsers. Neither has the performance and security that Firefox and Chrome have, therefore we recommend using one of the above.
If you are looking to speed up your web experience, try out the new Chrome, or if you are currently using IE try them both and see which fits your style best. You will find your internet experience will improve significantly when you release that old slow browser.