When you turn on your PC or laptop, the first application you normally open is the browser. Usually, it’s Safari on Apple, and for Windows, you can choose between Internet Explorer, Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Although there are alternatives out there, that are just as good, these five browsers have stood the test of time. One reason for that could be that some of these browsers come installed with the operating system you have on your PC. In this way, they’re convenient and why they’ve gotten to be so popular as well.
Others feel that these built browsers don’t pack the same punch that stand-alone browsers have. For example, users might swap out the Internet Explorer for Mozilla Firefox only because it’s faster. While others prefer Google Chrome, so that they can sync their data with their Android devices, that also happen to have or use Google features.
When you look at how well you can use Google Chrome and it’s associated features on so many devices, it makes sense that it’s now the most used browser in the world. Safari comes in at the second place, but is still nowhere close to the amount of web traffic that Google Chrome accounts for.
Next is the Internet Explorer and Edge combined in the third place and finally Firefox. We’ll discuss each browser in more detail but first a little on Google Chrome.
Other than cross-device functionality, Google earned its top spot with the introduction of changes that helped in controlling browser ads. Users can place in information on the ads that they want to see on their browser page, and for those that they don’t. Even if an ad auto-plays with sound and video, users can choose if they want to see it or not.
Firefox was known for incredible speed and safety, but for some reason has fallen behind Internet Explorer and Edge.
Benefits of top browsers:
Safari is designed by Apple and can only be used on their Mac iOS PCs. It is also the default browser on their iPad and iPhones too. It offers a seamless experience across all browsing activities carried out on any iOS device using your iCloud account. Instead of the settings, you use a tool to push out ads, to view images and articles clearly and play live support.
Features like RSS readers and Ftool for importing bookmarks are the best in class. The only drawback is that it doesn’t have any customization tools and might not be able to connect many Android or Windows devices to it.
Firefox offers a higher level of privacy even though it’s still and open source browser. Just like Chrome, it also sports a sync feature that can be used for updating all browser activities and preferences on all devices you use. The incognito mode is it’s the best setting, where you can browse without saving a log of your activity and it also has a Tracking and Ad blocking service in this mode as well.
After the last big update, Firefox has become much lighter and now hardly uses any RAM, making it ultra light and works very fast even on low-end PCs. You’ll even see changes in the interface too, that’s nice and clean so you can easily locate all necessary features, settings, and tools. Firefox also has a special virtual reality mode browser.
Edge & Internet Explorer:
Edge is the snazzy replacement for Internet Explorer and was introduced through the Windows 10 systems. It is unavailable for download on older Windows PCs. The best feature on this browser is that it can be integrated with most of Windows 10 core programs.
It can even support screencast, tablet modes and with Cortana. Edge is fast, and the performance is good too. A notable feature is the Continue On PC setting, that you can use for pushing webpages from your phone to your PC monitor. The other things you can do on Edge are pin websites, edit URL, full-screen browsing, manage website permission settings, read web content aloud, annotate and read PDFs and eBooks.
Microsoft announced a drastic new redesign for the Edge browser that would turn it into a chromium-based one.
Internet Explorer is the browser that was packaged with all the older versions of Windows. Over the years, Microsoft had introduced compatibility modes for this browser so that it could work with modern software. They had stopped supporting IE five years ago and many software development companies have stopped testing out their products on it, choosing mode current browsers instead. People can still load various websites through it, but have noticed a growing number of incidents including outdated extensions, software incompatibilities, app crashes and more.
Chrome is now ubiquitous with its full set of features and enhanced convenience when you integrate your whole Google account with it. The browser has been perfected to a point where it has a suite of smartphone apps, extension eco-system and is capable of detecting and blocking ads you don’t want to see.
You can use mobile apps with it, to browse between devices, sync data and sign into your account using any of those devices. And when you do, all of the saved data, browser preferences, bookmarks can be imported too. Using this kind of integration, you can control your browser or app settings using any device too.
The browser was updated with the release of Chrome 69. Here the user interface was given smooth, rounded edges and tabs had visible favicons. It now has a password manager too, that can be used to save all password used for accessing online accounts. Better results are provided with each search phrase you enter in, and this includes sports events, numerical results, top headlines, etc.
In spite of extensive fine-tuning, the browser is light, free and fast. You can even control how many features you’d like to keep active or pare down. With the introduction of Chrome 70, you can view choose when you want to log into services and apps and view the picture in picture videos too. After installing Chrome 71, you can’t reverse back to the older interface.
There are new browsers being introduced today that have the same speed, function, and performance of to the big browser names like Opera, UC Browser and more. These four browsers have stood the test of time due to several reasons, as highlighted out here. Lightweight, fast, multi-device support and customisability are good features and appear to the getting better with each new version.