Web browsers are one of the most used applications on any computer by far. Thanks to them we have access to the infinite offer of internet services, searches, electronic commerce, and a long etcetera.
Given its potential, it is a sector that has been expanding over time, from general proposals to more specialized ones. The offer extends to all types of users and needs, although no one disputes the absolute dominance that Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge have .
The choice between one or the other is very subjective, and basically depends on the comfort that you have with each of them. However, we dare to do everything and we are going to try to determine which is the best of these three web browsers (if there is one) based on their main differences.
THE MOST POPULAR
The best known and the most used. You just have to go around w3counter and we can observe the preferences of users when browsing the web during the past month of February and we see without any surprise that the Google browser is the undisputed market leader .
What is this about? Basically because it starts up quickly, runs complex web applications at high speed, and loads pages almost instantly. Also, Chrome's navigation window is really intuitive and easy to use .
It is a browser that updates automatically, constantly improving its performance and is designed to offer greater security compared to its competitors. Most likely, if Google Chrome is your default browser on PC, surely it is also for browsing through your tablet or mobile, either Android or iOS, by presenting equally powerful versions for both operating systems.
Perhaps its main strength is also its greatest weakness: Google. Many users are not comfortable leaving their data to one of the most influential and profitable multinational companies in the world. On the other hand, having the support of Google ensures that the service is always up to date in terms of features and improvements.
THE FAITHFUL FRIEND
For many users this is their indisputable choice for being the most reliable web browser. For others, it is a great option as a companion browser. Be that as it may, Firefox has earned the position of the second most used browser on the Internet. It is robust, stable, and has very few errors.
Dozens of programmers have worked to improve this excellent web browser over the years, improving the existing version with each update. And here lies one of the main attractions of Firefox as it is an independent non-profit software and without any company behind it.
Another detail to keep in mind about this popular browser is the extensive customization options it offers. The user has at their disposal a large assortment of themes and add-ons with which to customize the appearance of Firefox to improve the browsing experience and make it more pleasant.
But the best of all are the extensions, small free applications made by hundreds of developers that perform all kinds of imaginable functions such as blocking ads, protecting passwords, improving the multimedia experience ...
THE BLACK SHEEP
In 2015 Microsoft buried the maligned (to say the least) Internet Explorer to bet everything on a more solid proposal, Microsoft Edge. However, it does not seem that the effort invested in recent years has resulted in a notable increase in the number of users who use the browser on a Windows 10 device. There is even talk of a silent withdrawal of Edge in favor of a new browser that will be natively integrated into the Microsoft operating system.
The truth is that since the arrival of Edge, compatibility and stability problems have been a constant , coupled with a very serious shortage in the number of extensions. It is true that updates have been on the rise, but still a long way from Chrome or Firefox.
It is clear that the development of Edge has not kept up with that of other web browsers. However, it must be said that it was a necessary update that improves in all respects its predecessor, Internet Explorer . In its favor it has to be compatible with Cortana and more efficient in the consumption of RAM than its rivals.
The use and preference of a browser are clearly very subjective: some use the Chrome browser as the default. Many others use Firefox because Edge doesn't convince them and they refuse to use a Google product.
Nor can we trust the statistics of benchmark tools such as StatCounter, SunSpider or Octane since they are not enough to determine which web browser is better, since they reflect different data. In addition, it must be taken into account that development companies strive to constantly improve, update and change their product .
In the end, performance is not so important as long as you feel comfortable surfing the net. If we talk about speed, there is no undisputed leader, and if there were, the difference would be barely perceptible, of just thousandths of a second.
In this sense, by way of conclusion, our advice is that you use the browser that best suits your needs . And, if you can't decide on one, install two or more browsers without fear and compare. Although it may not seem like it, there are tons of browsers, most of which you probably still do not know.