To quote Paola Sanjinez, author of “Universes Within the Universe”, “I think the desire for adventure and discovery is the essence by which our souls have been woven. It is as if we all might be browsers by nature, and we not even for a moment cease to surprise and wonder about the things around us.”
A browser is a user’s window to the world wide web. Technology giants like Microsoft, Apple, Mozilla and Google have each come out with their own browser which vie for the place of the most popular browser. It is a well-known thing that when it comes to browsers, people don’t like to come out of their comfort zone. Even if a new browser offers more intuitive functionality that improves their user experience, they would not be ready to leave their old browser behind. But what if the functionality is vastly better?
That brings us to Google Chrome!
It is a browser that is designed in such a way that it offers all its functionality with a minimalistic interface which offers a URL bar that doubles as a search tool and some space for extensions, bookmarker and tabs. The Chrome browser was released just when Google was expanding its user base, so almost everyone with a Google account would have used the browser at some point. It also ensured that it simplifies the experience of a user who uses Chrome because the browser is deeply integrated with the Google ecosystem of services. Besides, it also has multi-account support, parental controls, a PDF viewer, Google Translate functionality, and a task manager. The only complaint users had was that Google Chrome is a memory guzzler.
But why is Firefox still around?
Google Chrome was launched just when Mozilla’s Firefox was taking the internet by storm. It seems Mozilla still has its loyal followers, particularly those who still prefer privacy without having a whole ecosystem profiling them. Mozilla takes privacy a step further by offering browsing experience in an incognito mode. With an ad and tracker blocker, Firefox sees to it that websites do not keep a tab on the user’s browsing history.
Does Microsoft have an edge?
Edge is Microsoft’s answer to the browser stack along with its sibling, The Internet Explorer. It is still early to say if it will be chosen over Chrome, but as of now, it has a limited extensions library and with almost no syncing feature. But just like its other members of the Microsoft’s ecosystem, it still has its share of loyal followers. Just like Chrome is deeply integrated with Google’s services, Edge works well with OneNote and Cortana. It even offers a great reading mode that offers superior reading experience.
Opera – Still worth talking about!
Back in the days of Firefox, some users still swore by Opera. For one thing, it has the Turbo feature that saves loading times and bandwidth as it uses web pages compression technology. This is a big deal for those who are still having to use low speed internet. For another, it even offers the social sidebar that allows a switch into services like Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp in an instant. It also includes an ad blocker and a battery lite mode. It is possible that most people are not aware of Opera, are too comfortable with their respective browsers or actually appreciate deep integration with other services from the same stable.
What’s the big picture ?
With memory becoming cheaper by the day, the fact that Google Chrome is a memory guzzler may soon stop being a major hiccup. People’s use of Chrome maybe motivated by the fact that they love Google, don’t mind being profiled by Google or being unaware that their browsing history would be used. Though the other browsers have bankable features, the minimalist Google Chrome is a clear winner.