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Security 20%, User interface 15%, Compatibility 5%, Help/Support 5%, and Design appeal 5%. All but the evaluation of speed were evaluated through research, observations, and personal opinions we have gained through both research and experience. The speed was evaluated much differently however. This evaluation was actually done through a quantitative test of several different sub criteria.The speed test we conducted consisted of three different sub criteria; warm start up test speed, navigation speed, and Google search speed. The way that each of these sub criteria was evaluated is quite simple. First off was the warm start up test. A warm start up time is the time it takes the browser to start up after it has already been opened and closed once. This differs from a cold start up, which would be the first time a browser has been opened after the computer had been rebooted. We chose to test the warm start up time because we believe it is more important because a user warm starts a browser more often. The way we tested the warm startup was by physically timing from the time we opened the browser to the time that the homepage was fully loaded. To do this we used a stopwatch timer. The next speed test pertained to navigation speed. This speed is what people would most commonly think of when referring to a web browser’s speed. It is the time it takes to open and load a web page. The way we did this was to, once again, physically time how long it took for to open and fully load.The last speed test was one that many people may overlook when evaluating the speed of a web browser GOOGLEAfter the speed test, the rest of the criteria were evaluated primarily qualitatively. For feature set we looked at 21 different sub criteria and evaluated the browser by both how many, and which features it possessed. This will go into greater detail later in the paper. As for security, research was conducted from both the browsers’ information sites as well as outside sites to determine the security proficiency of each browser. Compatibility was simply researched. We looked for which type of computers and operating systems each browser was compatible with. User interface, as well as design
appeal, was the most qualitative criteria we evaluated. For these criteria, we took our own opinions for which browsers were most visually appealing as well as easy to use. Finally help and support was the last criteria evaluated. This was done with both research about the help and support features, as well as a personal preference to which browser had the most accessible help features. Speed TestInternet Explorer (5)I gave IE the grade of an A because overall this browser is fast, intelligent, and reliable. Fast because of their 1.7 second warm start up speed along with their 3 second navigation speed. Overall, and like many other browsers, this browser is much recommended for anyone. IE is the standard web browser for Windows based computers, which doesn’t come to any surprise due to the overall superiority of this browser in the