What Is the Difference Between the Different Internet Browser Options?

As technology becomes more advanced, it becomes more user-friendly, oftentimes presenting consumers with different ways of doing the same thing. Take, for instance, browsing the web. These days, you have multiple choices when it comes to an internet browser, or the program that enables you to connect to the World Wide Web. So, what’s the difference between them? Here’s the rundown of your internet browser options.

Google Chrome

Far and away the most popular internet browser at the moment, Google Chrome is everywhere: it’s on your computer, your phone, and your tablet. Chrome’s original draw was that it was much faster than the other browsers. These days, though, most browsers run at about the same speed. What keeps people coming back to this program is its compatibility with Google accounts, allowing you to save bookmarks across multiple devices and even receive personalized advice based on what websites you visit. Another big draw is its extensions, which are like mini programs that add helpful tools to your browsing experience.

Apple Safari

If you’re more of an Apple products user than a Google fan, or you just never bothered to install anything different on your iPhone or Mac, then you probably want to stick with Safari. To be honest, when put side-by-side against Google Chrome, Apple Safari doesn’t really have all that much going for it, besides its integration with Apple products. One thing it does have going for it, however, is its design – like all other Apple products, it’s arguably sleeker than its competition.

Mozilla Firefox

Before Google Chrome became widespread, Firefox was the big alternative to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. It was the first browser to introduce extensions, radically altering the way people stay productive online. While Firefox has since fallen in popularity to Google Chrome, it’s still in second place, and for good reason. Of all the browsers, it allows the easiest tweaking, letting you move icons and even the address bar wherever you like. Plus, Firefox is open source, meaning that its code is available for all to see and improve upon, which is a big win among tech nerds.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Oh, poor Internet Explorer. Once the face of web browsing, it has since been relegated to the position of laughing stock among computer programs. While IE has definitely earned some of that criticism through a clunky interface, slow performance, and incremental improvements over the years, maybe we’ve all just been too hard on it. You may be shocked to learn, however, that Microsoft has taken that criticism to heart, announcing that it will be phasing out IE in favor of a new browser called Edge.

Microsoft Edge

If you have a PC that’s running Windows 10, you may have seen an alert advertising Microsoft’s new web browser, Edge. So, what makes Edge better than Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or even Internet Explorer? For one, it might be the most touch-friendly browser out there, which is no surprise considering Microsoft’s success with its touchscreen laptop Surface Pro series. While Edge still has some catching up to do, the initial reviews have been kind. Perhaps Microsoft could someday even see a return to its glory days with the number-one browser.

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