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The “new” Web Browsers

- Microsoft, Apple, Firefox, Opera and Google compete to offer new web browser options for Internet users.

Microsoft recently released a development version (beta) for Internet Explorer 9, the browser that will try to recover the lost ground in recent years compared to Firefox (Mozilla), and Google Chrome.

The IE9 (available only for Windows 7 and Vista) includes several new features. It is faster and uses less resources than previous versions. It provides a minimalist look a-la Chrome-style, with very little edge maximizing the space available for the websites, and a single box used to enter address and start searching. There are no menus, only three icons that let you configure your browser.

The other browsers have also realeased updates. Firefox released version 6.3.1910, which corrects errors in the previous entry. And the development version of Firefox 4 (www.mozilla.com/firefox/beta/) shows a simpler interface and allows for frequently visited sites as shortcuts within the browser, and tabs and grouping renaming.

Chrome 6, the fastest

Google introduced version 6 of its browser (www.google.com/chrome), which adds fixes and optimizations, as well as the ability to synchronize user data among multiple computers. According to the company, version 7 of its browser will be 60 times faster than the 6 while using of video hardware of the user’s PC to speed up the onscreen page layout.

Opera presented the 10.62 version of their browser (www.opera.com/browser/) with some cosmetic changes, the size of the tabs let you view a thumbnail of each open page and keeps the setup tools to share Photos and videos from your browser.

Apple is still committed to Safari, the WebKit-based browser available for PC and Mac ( www.apple.com/safari/) with a reader so it expands and highlights the text of a page and darken the rest of the site, makes blogs and news sites reading easier.