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Okay, prepare to go full-metal geek: We're going to talk about Internet browsers.
Most people, I bet, don't even think about their Internet browser: They just use the one that probably came with their computer -- most likely, Microsoft's Internet Explorer -- and as long as it opens their favorite sports site or online betting site or porn site fast enough, they're happy.
But there is a sub-culture of browser users, those for whom Internet Explorer (which they sometimes call "Internet Exploder" for its propensity to crash) isn't good enough. These are the same kind of folks for whom simple cell phone is not good enough; they must have the latest Smartphone.
Popular among the subculture are browsers named Mozilla Firefox and Opera. And Apple users have Safari. (That's what I have. I can tell you it has little discernable difference, at least to me, from Internet Explorer, but maybe I'm not fully exploiting its many fine features.)
At any rate, if you look at all the Internet users around the globe, Internet Explorer is king, used by 86 percent of all those online. Firefox is a distant second, at 12 percent.
Here in the U.S., Internet Explorer has a 78-to-16 percent lead over Firefox, with Safari in third at 4 percent, or about the percentage of U.S. computer owners who have a Mac.
Among the individual nations surveyed, Internet Explorer is least popular among our cousins in Australia, where it is used by 66 percent of those online. Firefox has 27 percent of the market, leading me to wonder if the Aussies know something we don't.
The survey is Euro-centric, so it doesn't include any survey data from Asia, which I would be most interested to see.
Question for you: Is there something I'm missing be being so pedestrian as to use Internet Explorer and Safari? What would I gain by switching to one of the other browsers? I am prepared to be illuminated.
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