Comparing Web Browsers: Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox

There was a time when only one browser was vastly superior to another, but now due to the emergence of various web browsers, it has become tough for you to choose the best one amongst so many varieties. Fortunately, you cannot go wrong with any of popular web browsers anymore, but there are a few things here and there that give each of its own competitive edge of the others.

Web-browsersHere is the comparison among the most popular web browsers: Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Internet Explorer Safari Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox
Developer Microsoft Apple Inc. Google Mozilla Foundation
Open Source No Yes Yes Yes
First Public Release Version 1.0 0.8 0.1
First Public Release Year August 16, 1995 January 7, 2003 September 2, 2008 September 23, 2002
Software License Proprietary Proprietary (browser), GNU LGPL (WebKit) Google Chrome Terms of Service (Google Chrome’s closed-source features), BSD (Chromium executable) MPL, MPL/GPL/LGPL tri-license
Accessibility Features Ad Filtering, Caret Navigation, Full-text History Search, Text-to-Speech, Voice Control Caret Navigation, Full-text History Search, Mouse Gesture, Spatial Navigation, Text-to-Speech, Voice Control Full-text History Search, Spatial Navigation, Text-to-Speech, Voice Control Caret Navigation
Platform and OS Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris OS, HP-UX Mac OS X Windows, Linux, Mac OS X Windows, Mac, Linux, Mac OS X, BSD, Other/Unix
Current Layout Engine Trident WebKit WebKit Gecko
Mobile Tech Support None WML None None
Web Technology Support
  • SMIL
  • VML


  • XHTML 1.0
  • XHTML 1.1


  • XHTML 1.0
  • XHTML 1.1


  • MathML
  • XForms
  • XHTML 1.0
  • XHTML 1.1


Plugins and Syndicated Content Support
  • ActiveX, Atom, Other Web Feed, RSS


  • Atom, NPAPI, RSS
  • Atom, NPAPI, RSS
Protocol Support 
  • IPv6, Proxy Possibilities


IPv6 Proxy Possibilities
  • BitTorrent, Gopher, IPv6, Proxy Possibilities


Image Formats Supported
  • None
2D Canvas, JPEG 2000, PDF, SVG, TIFF, XBM 2D Canvas, PDF, SVG, XBM
  • 2D Canvas, APNG, SVG
Average Market Share 18% 5.92% 25.7% 25.2%
CPU Usage 18.1% 4.4% 3% 7.6%
Overall Performance Rankings 5/5 2/5 1/5 2/5