More Browser Thinking

I’ve decided that what I want in my browser is everything and everything fast.  That’s why stories like this one from Lifehacker command my attention when I see them in my daily browsing.

This time, the article was about speed and the headlines were about the speed tests surrounding Google’s Chrome Browser and the Opera browser.  The article is well written with lots of charts comparing various speed tests between the two browsers and others in the same area.  Noteably, Firefox results are shown on the same graph and periodically Internet Explorer shows up in the comparison.  There’s even a peek at the Safari browser in the mix.  Unfortunately, the Flock browser doesn’t appear in the review.

Based upon the results, it appears that those in search of speed should drop everything and switch immediately to Chrome or Opera.  Such a switch wouldn’t be a bad move – thousands have made the switch and do so happily.  However, there’s much more than speed that needs to be made in such a major experience.  With today’s computers, they all run faster and have more memory than before.

Is speed the only determining factor?  If so, you might want to consider none of the above.  After all, Lynx is still available.  If all that you want is text content, you can’t go wrong there.  Appropriately, you need to know how to navigate a text directory structure to get to the file for download.

We’re expecting more from our browsers though.  We demand a graphical interface; we expect to be able to interact with objects written in Flash and Silverlight; and we know that inevitably we’ll run across a PDF or XLS or DOC or any other of a myriad of data types on the web.

There are special projects to consider as well.  Many applications require a particular version of a browser to work.  When I create our board’s Teachers’ Essentials CD-ROM, I have to focus on Internet Explorer and Safari as they are the official browsers at work and so content has to run well with these programs.  Yet, we have many technology savvy users who will use the resource at home on a different browser so simplicity is the key to running everywhere.

In today’s world, can you drop everything and switch because of speed enhancements?

Not for me.

It’s the quest for everything that still the determining factor for me.  I want to be able to open my browser and do just about everything from the single application.  I want it to give me the weather, I want to be able to save notes to research later, I want to get my email, I want access to my social networking sites, I want my browser to keep me save, I want to enhance my searching routine, I want to know the top trending topics, I want to be able to create blog entries, I want to read other blog posts, I want to block unnecessary ads and pop-ups, and I want to do it all as quickly as possible.

That’s why I continue to get intrigued with stories that inspired this posting.  Keep them coming.

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