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Windows 7: What browser do you guys use?

View Poll Results: Which Browsers do you use/
Internet Explorer 8 40 26.14%
Firefox 92 60.13%
Chrome 52 33.99%
Opera 25 16.34%
Safari 3 1.96%
Other 13 8.50%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 153. You may not vote on this poll

26 Feb 2009   #1

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64
 
 
What browser do you guys use?

Out of curiousity, which browser(s) do you guys primarily use?

I'm always so undecisive. Opera is the only one that has all the features I want, and the Alpha snapshot of version 10 loads apes extremely quickly, but even with lots of skin customizations, its not nearly as compact as Chrome or the new Safari 4. Interestingly, for me it has the best performance in high def flash content.

Chrome on the other hand, is extremely quick, and the app overall just feels very snappy. Like when I click on a tab, that tab loads instantly. It has most of the convenience features I like(duplicate tab, restore last session, restore recently closed tabs). I also like tis tab management system, with related tabs appearing next to the eachother(I know IE does this too). It just feels very smooth and polished overall.

Safari 4 is extremely minimalistic, even moreso than chrome. Like chrome does in full screen, the tabs are part of the title bar. However, for safari they always are, while in chrome only when I'm maximized, and I rarely eve maximize anymore thanks to Aerosnap(just maximize vertically by dragging the top or bottom edge). Safari is also extremely quick, but the app itself doesnt feel quiittteeee as quick or smooth as chrome. I really dont like not being able to duplicate tabs, and that I can't restore closed tabs. However, the top sites page is pretty, and kinda brings the best of opera and chrome by automatically putting in your most frequent sites, but also letting you pin or remove certain sites. Only problem is that I can't launch them by pressing a number like I could in opera. History and Bookmarks in coverflow is totally awesome.

Although I have them both installed, IE and firefox don't make the cut for me. IE is not quite quick enough, and takes too much real estate for me, while firefox just isnt for me. I know it has extensions and stuff, but I just don't find anything particularly attractive about it for me.

Right now I have Safari as my default browser, but theres a good chance I'll switch it back to chrome. We'll see.

What do you guys use?

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26 Feb 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

hey nail
i myself use chromium (which is the real chrome betas updated to the latest nightly), Minefield 3.2a1pre (also upgraded to the lastest nightly) and both IE8 beta and Xenocode IE8 RC1 (the least used though...lol)
i dont even think of testing Safari since its not optimized code and refuses to install without installing bonjour service (which is another few megs of system mem used) this is also the reason i dont install itunes and why i hate apple software for windows (but apple software on mac flies) but its vice versa also(meaning MS software on Mac)...
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26 Feb 2009   #3

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64
 
 

I have safari installed without bonjour, weird.

But yes, it is definitely a memory hog. Haven't noticed it much though.

I didn't know aobu minefield >_<, Imma try that out now. As for chrome, well, I have it to download the weekly builds, so thats pretty good.
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26 Feb 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by napilopez View Post
I have safari installed without bonjour, weird.

But yes, it is definitely a memory hog. Haven't noticed it much though.

I didn't know aobu minefield >_<, Imma try that out now. As for chrome, well, I have it to download the weekly builds, so thats pretty good.
what i meant is that you have to jump loops to get safari installed without bonjour as drive-by install (i seen it happened on safari and itunes) it broadcasts to the network and while it may not matter because of the *lesser* chance in theory to get hacked it does make it easier to get hacked in windows...
that and how i hate how long apple takes to get patches to the end-users (according to a security researcher it takes on average of 80-90 days to get a bug patch once apple knows....) that is staggering and is asking for trouble...
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26 Feb 2009   #5

 
 

Really? I just unticked install bonjour....

Hasn't shown up either

Wow, Safari is a resource hog.
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26 Feb 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Really? I just unticked install bonjour....

Hasn't shown up either
hmm then it must have been a while since i installed safari...
now im off to strain another browser...
thanks for letting me know everyone...
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26 Feb 2009   #7

 
 

lol, no worries. It seems pretty good so far. (for the whole 5 mins I've used of it )
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26 Feb 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
lol, no worries. It seems pretty good so far. (for the whole 5 mins I've used of it )
now wheres that rep button...
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26 Feb 2009   #9

Win 7 x64 - 7048
 
 

Chrome has been my choice of browser for 2/3 months now. I find it snappy and minimalistic. I did have problems installing it on x64 but that can be fixed with a few key strokes. Firefox is becoming a bit dated in my opinion and have not installed this time round. As for apple software its a totally no go for me. i don't like the fact that (a) apple softwares take up far to much resources and (b) you need to install other apple components. Chrome seems to be all that i want in a browser.
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26 Feb 2009   #10

Windows Se7en Ultimate Beta x86 Build 7057
 
 

I alternate between FireFox and Chrome mostly. I was on Chrome exclusively since the beta's because the speed/performance was just unbelievable. I've since reverted to FF 3.1 as its improved but I still use Chorme for Google web apps.

Safari 4 aped Chrome and thew in healthy dose of Apple iCandy. Although it's finally usable on Windows and has some promise. Not having favicons on the bookmark bar stands out for me so far.
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