Microsoft has published a comparison chart that compares Internet Explorer with Mozilla Firefox and the Google Browser Google Chrome in categories such as security, privacy, compatibility and ease of use. It is not clear when the comparison chart was published but it made the rounds on Reddit earlier today.
A comparison chart created by the developer of one of the web browsers surely raises concerns in regards to objectivity, but what Microsoft did create is really something special.
To put it plainly: Internet Explorer 8 beats Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome in seven of the ten categories including security, privacy, reliability and ease of use.
Internet Explorer is as good as Google Chrome and Firefox in the last three categories that include performance, customizability or web standards. Each category contains a short comment as to why Internet Explorer outranks or ties the competition.
The security comment for example states that "Internet Explorer 8 takes the cake with better phishing and malware protection, as well as protection from emerging threats".
I suggest you take a look at the chart yourself to see what it's all about. Let us know what you think about!
Update: The chart is not available anymore on the Microsoft website, likely because Internet Explorer 8 is not the newest version of the browser anymore.
This still requires some explanation and commentary. As fast as customizing goes, it is Firefox that should be presented with the check mark, and not Internet Explorer nor Google Chrome. Mozilla's web browser offers better customization options than both browsers combined.
Developer Tools are available in all three web browsers, and while it is up to debate which are better or worse, it is at the very least a tie in that category.
Ease of use too is something that is debatable. I hardly know anyone who is using web slices, accelerators or suggestions, and if that is all that makes Internet Explorer stand out, it is not enough to take the crown in this category. What about things like mouse gesture support, keyboard shortcuts, the new tab page or technology support?
The same goes for privacy. All browsers support a private browsing mode, do not track, so that we have a tie here as well, at the very least.
I could go on here and dissect the other groups, but I guess you get the point. Considering that this is made by Microsoft, it is a bad attempt at convincing people that the company's own browser is superior to Chrome or Firefox.
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