Originally Published on Wednesday, April 06, 2011
The best possible web experience starts with your browser. Should I upgrade to Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and or Firefox 4?Yes, if possible. Upgrading your web browser(s) regularly is an important part of maintaining a fast and secure web experience. Internet Explorer and Firefox make up 75% of the overall browser market and even more than that when you narrow down to Business and Residential users so those are the two browsers we’ll be spotlighting. Keeping up to date ensures: Your browser is accessing the web with the most current browser security features. Your browser can read and interpret the most recent versions of HTML and CSS which will display websites as they were intended to be seen by their web designers and programmers. You have the fastest viewing experience available by having a browser optimized to run on today’s Operating Systems and Hardware/Processor technologies. Simply put, an older browser can’t take advantage of the current web trends and technology because the older browsers were developed before today’s technologies were implemented. ” I’ve been testing both of these browsers for the last several weeks and have been very happy with both their perfomance and stability.”– Beau, Help Desk Technician IE 9Taking a look back we’ll see that IE 8 (released in 2009) was the most recent IE upgrade available. For IE 7, you need to go back five years to 2006 before multi-core processors, Vista and Windows 7 became common place. Going back even further, if you’re one of those few remaining holdouts with IE6, then that means your whole web experience is relying on a browser developed while Bill Clinton was still in office! IE 9 Features: It’s all-around fast – hardware-accelerated text, video, and graphics speed up performance and make websites perform like programs that are installed on your computer. Streamlined and simplified design – gives you the basic controls you need and puts the focus on your websites. One-click access to your favorite sites – with Pinned Sites, you can get to your favorite sites directly from the Windows taskbar without having to open your browser first. A combined search and Address bar – one place to either navigate to a website or start a search. Redesigned New Tab page – now you have quick access to the sites you visit most often, and you can also reopen closed tabs or your last browsing session, or start an InPrivate Browsing session. Integration with Windows 7 -with Snap, Pinned Sites, Jump Lists, and thumbnail preview controls, Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7 bring you the best web experience for Windows. Improved add-on management -Add-on Performance Advisor tells you if an add-on is slowing down your browser and allows you to disable or remove it, helping ensure that your browser stays fast over time. Helps control your privacy – Tracking Protection enables you to limit the browser’s communication with certain websites to help keep your information private. Keeps your downloads in order – Download Manager keeps a running list of the files you download from the Internet, notifies you if a file could be malicious, and allows you to pause and restart a download. IE 9 System Requirements: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or Windows Server 2008 SP2 with the Platform Update. Firefox 4Originally launched in 2004 by the Mozilla Foundation, the Firefox browser is the second most used web browser. As an open source multi-platform web browser Firefox has been an innovator in browser design by popularizing the “Tabbed” browsing experience. As a testament to its overall popularity and support, Firefox 4 was downloaded 7.1 million times during the first 24 hours it was released. Firefox 4 Features: Browsing Made Easy – Type your term into the location bar (aka the Awesome Bar) and the autocomplete function will include possible matches from your browsing history, bookmarked sites and open tabs High Performance – With faster start-up times, rapid graphics rendering and improved page load speed, Firefox 4 is full of major performance improvements you’ll notice instantly. Advanced Security – Want to be extra sure about a site’s legitimacy before you make a purchase? Click on its favicon for an instant identity overview. Another click digs deeper: how many times have you visited? Are your passwords saved? Check up on suspicious sites, avoid Web forgeries and make sure a site is what it claims to be. Powerful Personalization – The Add-ons Manager has been redesigned to let you discover and install add-ons without ever leaving Firefox. Browse ratings, recommendations, descriptions and pictures of the add-ons in action to help you make your selection. Your Add-ons Manager even lets you view, manage and disable third-party plugins in a few easy clicks, checking and auto-updating any of your installed add-ons every time you open the Manager pane. The Cutting Edge – Supports tomorrows HTML 5 standards today for HD Video, Audio, CSS Styles, Universal Access – Firefox makes sure to display and render type properly even if you don’t have the font installed on your computer, you can now view a wide variety of fonts while you browse. Firefox 4 System Requirements PC: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Pentium 4 processor or higher, 512 RAM, 200 MB hard drive space. Firefox 4 System Requirements Mac: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, 512 RAM, 200MB hard drive space. Please contact us at Service@CorsicaTech.com before upgrading to review your overall system and network to ensure a smooth transition.