A Quick Look Around SlimBrowser and a Trip on the SlimBoat

I’m not sure what started me on this path or how exactly I landed on the CNET page listing all the browsers, but someone I managed to discover and install SlimBrowser. It has turned out to be a good thing.

For the past several years I’ve used Firefox. I jumped on board with version 2, the same time Microsoft decided that IE6 was so good it didn’t need updating. Firefox offered Tabs, plugins and slew of other features that made it truly awesome.

I still love Firefox and use it everyday. But something intrigued me about SlimBrowser. It was the fact that so many features were built in, yet it was still so small.

SlimBrowser has tabs, there is a SpeedDial like opening screen with the most frequently used pages listed, it has a built in Ad Blocker, it has a built in Pop Up Blocker, there is AutoFill and saving of passwords and there is an improved download manager, plus a whole lot of other stuff I haven’t quite gotten to yet.

And it’s extremely fast in loading web pages.

But here’s the real kicker, it’s riding on top of the Microsoft Internet Explorer rendering engine.

You have to have IE already installed, which is why it’s so small. This is simply a new wrapper on the “Trident” rendering engine. But wow, it works so much faster and looks so much better than IE 10.

I have to use IE 10 at work, but I don’t like it. I find it utter slow, with a horrible UI and it’s complete lack of plugins is just bothersome in this day and age. But this SlimBrowser seems to smooth over that angst.

If that wasn’t enough, there is actually a version of SlimBrowser based on the Webkit engine. It offers the same Ad Blocker, AutoFill, Download Manager and a whole slew of other features.

So there you have it, a whole new set of browsers you can mess around with. One that uses the same files as Microsoft or the one that uses the same files used by Google and Apple.

Either way, this is a pretty slick browser and it has the same plugins I normally have to load. Yet it remains small and incredibly fast. Take it for spin, I bet you’ll be impressed.

SlimBrowser – Trident based browser for Windows

SlimBoat – WebKit based browser for Windows, Mac, Linux.

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