Visual tour: See what you're missing in the latest crop of best of breed browsers

Here's a close-up look at how Firefox 2, Internet Explorer 7, Opera 9 and Safari 2 handle key browsing features and functions.

Search

The built-in search boxes in Firefox, IE, and Opera all look and feel similar, offering several default search engines to choose from and making it fairly easy to add even more. Safari takes a different approach, offering only Google search and using the drop-down menu to show recent searches.

The built-in search boxes in Firefox, IE, and Opera all look and feel similar, offering several default search engines to choose from. Safari takes a different approach, using the drop-down menu to show recent searches.

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Next: RSS Feeds

RSS Feeds

All four browsers in our roundup include some level of support for RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, a way to subscribe to your favorite Web sites and blogs. Once you've subscribed to an RSS feed, all the latest news and updates to that site will be delivered to you automatically.

Safari lets you click the RSS button at the right edge of the address bar to see an attractive, easily readable version of that site's feed in the browser window.

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Safari lets you click the RSS button at the right edge of the address bar to see an easily readable version of that site's feed.

With IE7, you can read RSS feeds right in the browser window, and you can organize your feeds just as you would Favorites.

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With IE7, you can organize your RSS feeds just as you would Favorites.

Like Safari and IE, Firefox can show feeds in the browser window, though it's not rendered as attractively as their versions. You can also subscribe to feeds using a standalone RSS application or a Web-based service such as Bloglines.

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Firefox makes it easy to subscribe to feeds using a standalone RSS application or a Web-based service such as Bloglines.

Instead of looking like a Web page in the browser window, RSS feeds in Opera mimic the look of e-mail or a newsreader. Clicking an article in the list makes it appear in a separate pane below.

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Instead of looking like a Web page in the browser window, RSS feeds in Opera mimic the look of e-mail or a newsreader.

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