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With MS ready to give EU users a choice in internet browsers, I thought I would take a look at the world’s five most used browsers. I downloaded and installed versions of each and ran them through a series of tests.  (These tests can also be accessed from my portal page at the bottom of the “tech reference” section.)

The tests were run on a Dell Inspiron 1420 laptop with a 2 GHz core 2 duo with 2 GB of RAM running on 32 bit Windows 7.

Without further ado, here are the results:

Browser results

These tests show IE failing miserably at every test, it came in dead last every time.  Meanwhile, Google’s Chrome browser led the pack every time.  Opera’s beta browser slightly edged out Safari although the difference as not that great.  Firefox was some distance behind these but still in the running.

If performance is your most important feature in a web browser, the choice is clear.  If performance is important to you, but not all encompassing, then you have some good choices in internet browsers.  These tests illustrate that the browser wars are alive and well and are good for consumers of web content.

Are there other tests that I could run?  Let me know in the comments.

Now, why doesn’t WordPress support tables?