Mac OS X Lion
Safari 5.1 evolves slightly in Lion, including more efficient browsing navigation with multitouch gestures and full-screen viewing capabilities. Gestures include double-tapping to scale up text or an image and swiping left and right to navigate pages.
A new Reading List feature lets you save articles for future reading. To do so, press Command + Shift + D, or drag the URL to the eyeglasses icon on the left of the toolbar. Or select Add To Reading List from the Bookmarks menu. Click the eyeglasses icon to open a sidebar with your list. Unfortunately, pages are not saved for offline reading.
The Reader icon in the address bar reformats any currently viewed URL page for easier reading and printing; you get clean text and all images and ads are stripped out.
Internet Explorer 9 is the LAPTOP Editors’ Choice winner among Windows-based browsers. Thanks to built-in hardware acceleration, pages load quickly, and text, images, and video are rendered rich and crisp. Smooth integration with Windows 7 lets IE9 exploit such OS features as Snap for viewing two web pages side by side. By right-clicking on the IE9 taskbar button, you can access Jump Lists to choose from recently viewed pages.
IE9’s completely renovated interface maximizes the browsing screen space by minimizing the formerly cluttering toolbars and making navigation controls easier to find and use. Adding page Tabs puts productivity into warp speed. Click the New Tab button to the right of the last page Tab and a new page opens showing a color-coded mini-history of previously opened pages and a refreshed address bar to type in another URL. Tabs can be dragged to the taskbar for offline access.
IE9 lets you pin sites, a feature that integrates directly with the Windows 7 OS. Once you pin a site to the taskbar, it can provide notifications, such as new messages. Users can also right-click the icon to access a Jump List of various shortcuts. When we pinned Facebook, right-clicking let us go directly to Events, Friends, Messages, and News.
Thanks to Microsoft’s performance, cosmetic improvements, and taskbar features, Internet Explorer 9 beats Safari 5.1 as the better native web browser.