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Top 10 Alternative Web Browsers

February 23, 2010

The most popular browers we use in our Pc are Internet Explorer,Firefox,Opera,Safari, Netscafe  & now Google Chrome.There are many other alternative browsers which as got many special features and provides easy browsing.

1. Flock
It is built on Mozilla’s Firefox codebase, the web browser Flock is as extensible and speedy as its open source cousin. It specializes in providing social networking and other Web 2.0 features built into its interface. It also integrates with popular sites such as YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, LiveJournal, etc to give you access to all their features without having to visit them directly.
Best for: People who are involved in many social networking sites.

2. Maxthon
Maxthon is a web browser designed by the Chinese. It is the second most popular web browser in China. This browser is capable of using both engines, i.e., the Trident layout engine (used in IE) and the Gecko layout engine used in Mozilla. It seeks to provide many rich features and a highly customizable interface, without losing any of the compatibility of Internet Explorer. It is available only for Windows.
Best for: Users who want a Firefox like IE

3. K-Meleon
K-Meleon is yet another web browser based on the Gecko engine. It uses native Windows API to create the user interface due to which it’s tightly integrated into the look and feel of the Windows desktop. If you compare K-Meleon with Flock, K-Meleon is much lighter as it doesn’t have additional features like Flock to slow down your pc.
Best for: People seeking a fast and light windows browser

4. Epiphany
Epiphany is one of a family of web browsers that use the Gecko layout engine from the Mozilla project. It’s mainly designed for the GNOME graphical computing desktop but you can also find one for Mac OSX. The unique feature of this browser is that it uses categorized bookmarks where a single bookmark can exist in multiple categories whereas most of the browsers use hierarchical folder-based bookmark system.
Best as: An alternative for Firefox for the GNOME desktop

5. Camino
It is also based on Mozilla’s Gecko layout engine and specifically designed for the Mac OS X. Using the Aqua user interface it integrates a number of Mac OS X features such as the Keychain for password management and Bonjour for scanning available bookmarks across your local network. You can migrate your Firefox data and extend Camino in similar ways, using differences in keyboard shortcuts described on the site. The “Single window mode” feature forces websites that insist on opening new windows to open in tabs, keeping window clutter to a minimum.
Best for: People seeking an alternative for Safari

6. Shiira
Shiira is a web browser for the Mac OS X. It is has a great design and a very eye candy interface. It is one of the fastest and most functional browsers for users of Mac OS X. It has a page transition effect which works only in Tiger, it allows you to switch between pages as if you were reading a book. The browser also has an option of private browsing which when enabled, stops history and cookies from being recorded.
Best for: Mac users who want something more than Safari and Camino

7. SlimBrowser
SlimBrowser is a tabbed multiple-site browser. It incorporates a large collection of powerful features like built-in popup killer, skinned window frame, form filler, site group, quick-search, auto login, hidden sites, built-in commands and scripting, online translation, script error suppression, blacklist / whitelist filtering, URL Alias. It brings you convenient and comfortable browsing. It’s compatible with all Windows editions.
Best for: Users seeking for a feature packed browser

8. Kirix Strata
Kirix Strata is a web browser which still in its Beta stage. It is yet another web browser based on the Gecko engine. It allows you to save web content in various formats so that you can access it later. Using this browser you can access and manipulate website data, including web tables, RSS feeds and server-side databases.
Best for: People who work online

9. xB Browser
xB Browser is designed for use on portable media such as a pen drive but it can also be used on any hard disk drive. The unique feature of this browser is that it provides for anonymous internet browsing. It comes in two versions, i.e., ‘fast’ subscription-based version and a ‘slow’ version that uses peer-to-peer networking technology to disguise web requests. This gives you anonymous browsing and email functionality.
Best for: Privacy and security while browsing

10. SpaceTime
SpaceTime is a unique web browser which allows you to browse and surf websites in 3D. It is something similar to the Flip 3D feature in Vista, but this thing is within the browser itself. With SpaceTime you can do a 3D eBay Search, 3D Image Search, 3D Web Search, and even enjoy 3D Tabbed Browsing.
Best for: People who want to browse the web in 3D


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