Most of us use the humble web browser more than any other program. These ubiquitous apps act as portals to the Internet, and because we use them daily, we want them to be reliable and easy to use, as well as secure. By far the most popular browsers on Windows are Chrome (with 57.1 percent of the market in November 2016) and Firefox (with 11.1 percent).
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has fallen from grace, but the software giant is pushing its new browser, Edge, in Windows 10, in a bid to gain its lost market share. There are other browsers, such as Opera, but we’re looking at the three major players, to see which is best.
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And the Winner Is…
It appears that Chrome’s popularity has a reason, because in our tests, Chrome came out on top—or near the top—in almost every aspect. This is a robust and feature-rich web browser that makes surfing the Internet a joy, thanks to its speed, standards support, cloud sync features, and huge selection of extensions. The only area it falters in is resource use—this can be a demanding browser, especially if you add loads of extensions and open up tons of tabs when browsing.
However, Firefox is still a very compelling alternative, and if you love Mozilla’s web browser, we recommend sticking with it, because you’re not missing out on much. Finally, Edge has a lot of improvements over Internet Explorer (not particularly difficult), and while this browser is still a relative newcomer on the block, it shows potential, especially since the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.