Personal Business: SOFTWARE
TABLE: Software for Browsing the Web
PROGRAM PUBLISHER EASE OF SETUP FEATURES PERFORMANCE
Using specified Using other
INTERNET IN A BOX HHHH HHHH HHHH 1/2 HHHH
Easy to install with local provider.
Browser comes with other Internet
tools. Suggests Web sites you
might want to visit.
INTERNET CHAMELEON HHHH 1/2 HHH HHHH HHHH
Includes full suite of Net tools.
Doesn't let you know
how much of a page has been retrieved.
NETCRUISER HHHH 1/2 N/A HHHH HH
Cannot print and runs
relatively slowly, especially
with graphics. Software only works
with Netcom service. Easy to set up,
with a simple manual and handy
guided tour for newcomers.
NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR N/A N/A HHHH HHHH
Can be downloaded off the Net.
Fades in graphics until
full image appears. Points to
powerful Web search aids.
PIPELINE HHHH 1/2 N/A HHHH HH
User cannot save pages to disk
or easily print. Provides no
status on downloads. Includes
complete slate of Net tools.
PRODIGY******* HHHH 1/2 N/A HHHH HH
Only built-in browser among
major online services. Instal-
lation is a no-brainer,
but users cannot search Web page
for text. Relatively slow performance.
*******Prodigy was tested at modem speed of 9,600 baud. All others were at
14,400. N/A= Not applicable. KEY: HHHHH Excellent HHHH Very good HHH
Average HH Fair H Poor
DATA: NATIONAL SOFTWARE TESTING LABORATORIES; BUSINESS WEEK