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TheWorld Browser

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TheWorld 3.1 is a Web browser based on the engine that powers Microsoft Internet Explorer. Like Internet Explorer 7 and 8, TheWorld has a multithreaded frame that is supposed to prevent window freezing.

The browser's default appearance is simple, yet it feels cluttered because its toolbar is packed with icons. Its user interface is similar to that of Internet Explorer 7 and 8 except for a few minor details. The icons are bubble-like and the top toolbar is on the right-hand side of the screen next to an extra option that lets users hide it. TheWorld also supports custom mouse gestures; right-click and move the mouse to the left to go "back," or right-click and move the mouse up and right to open a new tab, for example. If you tend to use multiple tabs simultaneously, is has a slider bar that hides all of the tabs except for the last one. It also has a built-in download manager and pop-up blocker with their controls at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Its preinstalled extensions, such as page tools and the ad filter, are located in the add-on manager on the bottom toolbar as well.

TheWorld Browser's Web site features several of their own add-ons. Its uses Google as its default search engine and has a search bar at the right-hand corner of the screen. When first opening the browser, there is a "start page" tab that lists your recent pages and includes a search bar where you can choose between Google, Yahoo, and Bing search. The heart-shaped icon at the left-hand side of the screen adds favorite pages above the tab bar for easy access and stores them in a yellow star icon, like Internet Explorer's, as well.

The browser tends to load sites with a lot of HTML slowly, and its browsing speed generally feels clunky. In a simple timer test using Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3, TheWorld received an average cold start-up time of 4.82 seconds, warm start-up of 2.73 seconds, and navigating time (from nytimes.com to facebook.com) of 1.64 seconds. When compared with Internet Explorer 7, it's slightly slower than IE, which received 4.99 seconds, 2.32 seconds, and 1.59 seconds times, respectively. On the Sunspider JavaScript benchmark test, TheWorld received an average score of 57,374.7 milliseconds and Internet Explorer received 56,816 milliseconds. Because of inconsistencies and varying results, it is tough to say which browser has faster JavaScript performance. But when compared with other Web browsers, such as Google Chrome that gets an average score of 734 milliseconds, their JavaScript performance is slower.

Apart from several useful features such as the one-click sound muting, tab options, and mouse gestures, TheWorld Web browser is mediocre. If you want a fast performing browser, you should consider other browsers. One curiosity with the application is the Chinese error message that came up while browsing, but it didn't stick around long enough for us to copy and paste it into a translator. Maybe the creators of TheWorld browser took the name a little too literally.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.1 stars

    out of 108 votes

    • 5 star: 60
    • 4 star: 25
    • 3 star: 9
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 7
  • Current version:

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    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
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  • 3.0 stars

    "find it slow and certain features are lacking."

    February 28, 2012  |   By Roncnet2000

    Version: TheWorld Browser 3.4.0.5

    Pros

    its a good browser. most of the website that i tried work. pvcs etc that work with IE only browser works here too. is threaded, has task manager which show the system usage within browser. can drag tabs to a different window of its own. setup wizard.

    Cons

    1. slow 2. restore last closed tab session after closing and re-opening the browser (is a must feature); is quite frustrating when you have to keep clicking the restore button to do the restores of the tab one at a time. 3. like opera if it could have the spin dial where you save you favorite site when click the new tab button. 4. side panel as in opera 12 or maxthon3. 4. when going to addons website and clicking on the button for view all addons it hangs.

    Summary

    overall good browser. need improvement in speed department and certain other features mentioned in the cons above. in my opinion, just these minor UI issues are holding it back from leaving big time browsers like google chrome in the dust.

    give it a try see if you like it.

    for now i will stick to opera + maxthon3.

    Updated on Feb 28, 2012

    found the website for beta release: http://******/yLjDFM giving it a try.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "GREAT browser if you don't mind no ntwrk/prgrm support."

    June 4, 2011  |   By ladybugg111

    Version: TheWorld Browser 3.4.0.5

    Pros

    - Fast loading
    - Simple & clean
    - Not junked up with toolbars & misc. "stuff" I don't need.
    - Easy to change browser settings.

    Cons

    I can't get to the forum
    I can't get to "TheWorld" website
    I can't get to "Phoenix Studio" website

    Summary

    GREAT browser if you don't want network or program support of the software.

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