Editors' reviewInternet Explorer needs a face-lift--but UltraBrowser, built on the IE engine, doesn't add much to the familiar Microsoft package. It's small enough to fit on a disk, and we liked the streamlined interface, but the program uses a bit more system memory than IE, and we noticed no improvements in performance. This browser is slightly more attractive than IE and includes a few very basic skins, but you'll have to download them from the developer's site. UltraBrowser provides a panel for quickly accessing search engines, but it can't search several at once. Also, as with IE, UltraBrowser lacks tabbed browsing, so it has to open a separate window for each Web page; Firefox and Opera users who've grown accustomed to tabs will probably consider that a deal breaker on its own. The browser's major distinctive feature is its ability to store favorites online. Nothing about UltraBrowser will persuade a non-IE user to switch, but it might attract those looking for a compact, IE-compatible Web browser with a few extra features.
UltraBrowser is a small browser application providing users with the option to choose among multiple themes and two toolbar settings (a standard size and a slim version for optimized Web-page viewing). The application contains a pop-up blocker and a password-protected Web-based bookmark manager for storing favorites on the Web, accessing them from other computers, and sharing them with others. You also get autotransferring of IE Favorites into the browser, an integrated multisearch panel with access to popular engines enabling one-click querying, built-in Google autosearching from the URL bar, Web-document translation, and a media panel for TV, radio, and the news. The application also has a convenient single-menu button for all the important functions and settings; and easy access to default e-mail, Web mail, and popular instant messengers.
Version 10.02 supports multiple skins.