Google Chrome (web kit based web browser) and Internet Explorer 8 are recently released web browsers by the giants Google and Microsoft. Chrome and IE 8 both deliver a strong platform for reliable running of multiple web apps in a tabbed format in answer to the web’s evolving needs.

Do we really need more browsers? Yes, because it can add more value for users and help them drive innovation on the web. This article gives some information about the latest browsers.

Google chrome beta web browser:

Advantage: Nice look and feel, fast, tabbed browsing, advanced security.

Security: Google promises that the Chrome is extremely secure. There’s a privacy mode called “Incognito” in Chrome. It allows you to secure the Pages whatever you view in the main window by not displaying in your browser history or search history, and it won’t leave other traces, like cookies, on your computer after you close the incognito window.

Usability: It has a single box for Search, history and address bar.

It facilitates tabbed browsing. Tabs are positioned at the top of the window. This will make the navigation faster and easier. Apart from this, Chrome displays 9 most visited web sites and sites most often searched on the home page.

Performance: Chrome uses a new JavaScript engine called V8 for faster performance.

It is much faster at showing Web pages than the most widely used browser, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer

Drawbacks: Its major drawback is poor performance, particularly when users open multiple web pages.

Internet Explorer 8 beta:

Advantage: Tremendous browser leader in full functionality.

Security: It has a great option called InPrivate browsing for extra secure when browsing the web. It helps to prevent your browsing history, temporary Internet files, form data, cookies when you’re using someone else’s computer or using a public computer.

Usability: It facilitates search suggestions. As user searches for a keyword, relevant images and text is displayed which allows user to get single-click access to the web page without having to leave the Search box.

Tabs in IE8 have been improved to provide a good platform for easy browsing experience. Here tabs are automatically grouped together using color codes belonging to the same site.

It has a nifty feature called Web Slices. It facilitates to add just a portion of a web page (like sports scores, weather report) to your favorites and keep updated by clicking on the slice

Performance: Accelerators enables you to access directly from the webpage in the context of what you are doing, letting you bookmark, email, map and more with a simple selection.

Drawbacks: Its biggest drawback is designed strictly to industrial standards, and web sites that use deprecated HTML or designed with reduced functionality.

Here is the comparison chart for Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 8.

Google chrome

Internet Explorer 8

Developed by

Google

Microsoft

Website

www.google.com/chrome

Internet Explorer 8 Beta

Operating system

Microsoft Windows (XP and Vista)

Microsoft Windows
Vista, XP SP2 and 3, Server 2003 SP2, Server 2008

Size

60MB

x86 (32-/64-bit)

Type

Web browser

Web browser and feed reader

Available in

43 languages

English, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese

Cost

Free download

Free download

Bottom Line

Google Chrome represents a fresh take on browser design. Its fully isolated, multiprocess architecture should prove more robust than IE 8’s, while its clean UI and lack of legacy baggage – plus some innovative JavaScript tuning – should help it gain a strong fan base. What remains to be seen is how Google will exploit its technical advantages for its own applications without alienating customers who have standardized on other browser platforms.

Internet Explorer 8 takes Microsoft’s creaking browser architecture and injects it with some much needed life. The sturdier, multiprocess design means that most crashes will be isolated to a single tab, while the new “porn mode” and quick-access tools (Accelerators, Web Slices) make browsing more efficient. IE 8’s hefty system requirements could slow adoption until Windows 7 debuts late next year.