Assuming you are like the majority of online surfers, you're probably running a Microsoft Windows operating system and Internet Explorer for your Internet browser.

Why do more people use Internet Explorer? One reason could be simply because it's integrated with the operating system of all Windows computers and is therefore the easiest option-no downloading necessary! It could be that many people don't even know about the other browsers. Of course, there are a percentage of users that believe IE is simply better than other browsers. Lets see some comparisons:

IE: Biggest and best

Internet Explorer holds the largest market share for Internet browsers. They must be doing something (rather, things) right. Microsoft is clearly an expert in their industry and have a vast amount of resources. They are constantly working to improve their operating systems, software, speed and security. IE8 is now claimed by experts to be the safest browser. It's new technology has matched or possibly surpassed its rivals in tabpunk speed, features, and built-in search address bar.


Microsoft's large market share is why many people have avoided using Internet Explorer in the past and will continue to do so. Hackers can access the largest amount of computer users by attacking Microsoft because more people use their products than anyone else's.

IE: Your Windows partner

Internet Explorer is deeply integrated with the Windows operating system. Using a browser that is an integral part of your operating system instead of downloading a browser can be beneficial. Windows automatically downloads (or alerts you to download) updates for the computer to keep your computer fast and safe. This means that people who are less familiar with computers don't have to worry about installing updates if they use Internet Explorer-their computer can do it for them.


New versions of Internet Explorer have caused multiple problems for Windows users, including the latest IE8. Some have even said that Internet Explorer is so much a part of Windows that it can almost not even be called a browser. Downloading IE can be more risky than downloading other browsers because of it's close ties to the Windows operating system. Uninstalling IE8 could harm your computer or other software even further, should you change your mind.

Microsoft usually fixes their newest browser's bugs soon after it is released, but too late for some. Many computer technicians recommend waiting several months before upgrading to new IE browsers.

IE: Match your personality

The latest version, IE8, has some unique and compelling new features that appeal to varying personalities. You can customize bookmarks, preset search queries, and choose from a growing list of add-ons. The new web slices and accelerators are built in to the browser, unlike Firefox, where they have to be individually downloaded.


When it comes to features, IE has a record of being late in the game. IE7 was the last browser existing at the time to have tabbed browsing. IE8 finally matches the reliability of tab browsing that Firefox and Chrome feature, like session restore (returning tabs that unexpectedly close) and tab isolation (running processes separately in each tab to avoid crashing the whole window).

IE may have new features built in, but as a result, the download size is more than double that of other browsers. Many advanced computer users would argue that a browser like Firefox with over 6,000 add-ons is much more convenient, as you have the freedom to choose only the features you want. Others would prefer Google Chrome for it's very simple layout but advanced and accelerated technology.

Perhaps one of the highest debated comparison is speed. Microsoft, Mozilla, and Google, all say their browser is the fastest according to their tests. You will probably just have to try them for yourself and see which browser performs the best with your particular connection speed and surfing habits.

For many reasons, one browser is simply tab management not the best for everyone. If it was, there would be no debate. Thankfully, these browsers are easily accessible to compare for yourself. In fact, having two browsers can be beneficial for comparing features and troubleshooting "page cannot be displayed" errors. When you download a new browser, but sure to read or watch the videos demonstrating that browsers features to get the most out of your surfing experience. You may be surprised what you have been missing.