The browser wars are heating up again with Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla each with their own, updated browser on offer.
Booting speed was measured by clicking the browser's icon and timing how long each took to fully load six websites--talkingpointsmemo.com, aol.com, youtube.com, nytimes.com, giantbomb.com and cnettv.cnet.com. Firefox took home the gold, opening in 17.8 seconds. IE9 was second with 21.86 seconds, and Chrome was third with a boot time of 26.22 seconds.
Rosenblatt then loaded the same six websites and examined each browser's memory usage. Again, Firefox 4 was the champ, utilizing the least amount of memory (148,020 kb) during the test. IE9 followed with 205,616 kb used. Chrome required the most memory (390,532 kb) to complete this task.
In terms of safety, Chrome and Firefox seem to be the browsers of choice. The two were both unchallenged at this year's PWN2OWN hacking competition, according to ComputerWorld. All three aim to protect the user's identity through secure browsing and anti-tracking options.
Internet Explorer has traditionally been ranked the most popular browser. Last week, downloads of the Firefox 4 Release Candidate outstripped downloads for the IE9 RC. Mozilla reported that Firefox 4 was downloaded over 5 million times within its first 24 hours, while Microsoft reported only 2.35 million downloads within the same time frame. Although download figures don't always represent usage figures, Firefox 4 may pose a serious threat to IE9.