When I am asked, “What browser do I use?”, I usually comeback with “I’m a Chrome user”; BUT, when my inner self takes over, the real answer is that I hang out with Firefox, Chrome and Opera. It seems that Chrome is in fact my primary browser (for the moment), but when Firefox and Opera make another leap forward, I just have to be there to witness the leap. For example Opera 10.5 was just released and I had to try it out. I just can’t help it. This is what is so fun about software; you can witness technology changing right in front of you AND browsers are where it is at. The competition amongst these (3)-three are pushing the technology envelope on the internet further and further. Think about it, the browser is your windshield to the world wide web.
If you have been wanting to give one of these (or all of these) browsers a test run, there is a way to do that without performing a full install of the browser software; AND, that is through downloading the portable versions. The portable versions of Firefox, Chrome and Opera are designed to be downloaded, saved and run from a folder of your choice without making system wide changes to your computer. The portable versions are primarily designed to be carried on a flash drive (as a portable app); however, I can personally attest the portable versions will run just fine from a folder on your PC, as well. The “cool factor” with this is that if you don’t like the browser, just delete the folder where you saved it to.
Now, unlike myself, most normal people will focus on learning and using one browser. Once you tried one of the portable browsers out (like Firefox) and you can’t live without it, then I would delete the portable version and install the full version from their website. Personally, my advice to most computer users, is to stick with one browser on their PC for security reasons; however, if you need a change and want to try something different or want to see what all the excitement is about, then take a look at these portable versions.
Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition [ Link ]
Mozilla Firefox is a fast, full-featured web browser that’s easy to use. It has lots of great features including popup-blocking, tabbed-browsing, integrated search, improved privacy features, automatic updating and more. Plus, thanks to the PortableApps.com launcher bundled in the Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition, it leaves no personal information behind on the machine you run it on, so you can take your favorite browser along with all your favorite bookmarks and extensions with you wherever you go. – PortableApps.com
Google Chrome Portable [ Link ]
Google Chrome’s features include:
- Quick to start up
- Loads web pages in a snap
- Runs web applications faster than ever
- Designed for efficiency and ease of use
- Search and navigate to web pages from the same box
- Arrange and organize tabs however you wish — quickly and easily
- Get to your favorite websites with just a click, from the thumbnails of your most visited sites in the New Tab page
- Themes to add delight to your browser
- – PortableApps.com
Portable Opera for USB [Link]
You want to use all Opera features also in this version – no problem !
– there are no unwanted effects on IE or other browsers
– existing Opera versions are not affected
– make no entries to the registry
– works with every Windows PC (company,Internetcafe, friends,..)
– leave no data on the host computer