Perhaps, I will start the subjective article about the best browser for Windows 10, 8 or Windows 7 with the following: at the moment, there are only 4 really different browsers based on them - Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox. You can add Apple Safari to the list, but today Safari development for Windows has stopped, and in the current review we are talking about this OS.
Almost all other popular browsers are based on the development of Google (open source Chromium, the main contribution to which this company makes). And these are Opera, Yandex Browser and less well-known Maxthon, Vivaldi, Torch and some other browsers. However, this does not mean that they do not deserve attention: despite the fact that these browsers are based on Chromium, each of them offers something that is not in Google Chrome or others.
That's not all: in fact, Google Chrome today is more than just a browser: it is also a platform for executing web applications, including offline (and soon, I think, they will bring to mind the launch of Android applications in Chrome ) And for me personally, the best browser is just Chrome, although this is subjective.
Separately, it should be noted that for those users who use Google services who own Android devices, this browser is really the best, being a kind of continuation of the user experience with its synchronization within the account, support for offline work, launching Google applications on the desktop, notifications and features familiar to Android devices.
Some more points to note when talking about the Google Chrome browser:
- A wide range of extensions and applications in the Chrome Web Store.
- Support for themes (this is in almost all browsers on Chromium).
- Excellent development tools in the browser (in some ways you can only see it in Firefox).
- Convenient bookmark manager.
- High performance.
- Cross-platform (Windows, Linux. MacOS, iOS and Android).
- Support for multiple users with profiles for each user.
- Incognito mode to exclude tracking and saving information about your Internet activity on a computer (implemented in other browsers later).
- Pop-up blocker and malware downloads.
- Built-in Flash player and view PDF.
- Rapid development, largely setting the pace for other browsers.
In the comments, from time to time I come across messages that Google Chrome is slow, slow, and generally should not be used.
As a rule, “Brakes” is explained by a set of extensions (often not from the Chrome store, but from “official” sites), problems on the computer itself, or just such a configuration that any software has performance problems (though I’ll note that there are some inexplicable cases with slow Chrome).
But what about “following”, here's how: if you use Android and Google services, complaining about it does not make much sense, or refuse to use them together. If you don’t use it, then, in my opinion, any fears are also in vain, provided that you work on the Internet in the framework of decency: I do not think that a lot of damage will be caused to you by advertising based on your interests and location.
You can always download the latest version of Google Chrome for free from the official site https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/index.html
On the one hand, I put Google Chrome in first place, on the other, I realize that the Mozilla Firefox browser is no worse in most parameters, and in some it surpasses the above product. So it’s difficult to say which browser is better — Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. It's just that the latter is a little less popular with us and I personally do not use it, but objectively these two browsers are almost equal and depending on the tasks and habits of the user, either one or the other may be better. Update 2017: Mozilla Firefox Quantum released a new version of this browser (the review will open in a new tab).
In terms of performance, Firefox in most tests is slightly inferior to the previous browser, but this is "insignificant" is unlikely to be noticeable to the average user. However, in some cases, for example, in WebGL tests, asm.js, Mozilla Firefox wins almost one and a half to two times.
Mozilla Firefox in the pace of development does not lag behind Chrome (and does not follow it, copying functions), literally once a week you can read the news about improving or changing the functionality of the browser.
Benefits of Mozilla Firefox:
- Support for almost all the latest Internet standards.
- Independence from companies actively collecting user data (Google, Yandex), this is an open non-profit project.
- Great performance and good security.
- Powerful developer tools.
- Functions of synchronization between devices.
- Custom solutions regarding the interface (for example, groups of tabs, pinned tabs, currently borrowed in other browsers, first appeared in Firefox).
- An excellent set of add-ons and browser customization options for the user.
Free download of Mozilla Firefox in the latest stable version is available on the official download page https://www.mozilla.org/en/firefox/new/
Microsoft Edge is a relatively new browser that is part of Windows 10 (not available for other operating systems) and there is every reason to assume that for many users who do not need any special functionality, installing a third-party Internet browser in this OS will eventually become irrelevant.
In my opinion, in Edge, the developers are closest to the task of making the browser as simple as possible for the average user and, at the same time, functional enough for the experienced (or for the developer).
Perhaps it’s too early to reach verdicts, but now we can say that the “make a browser from scratch” approach has justified itself in some ways - Microsoft Edge wins most of its competitors in performance tests (though not all), it probably has one from the most concise and pleasant interfaces, including the settings interface, and integration with Windows applications (for example, the “Share” item, which can be turned into integration with social networking applications), as well as its own functions - for example, drawing on pages or reading mode (right Yes, this function is not unique, almost the same implementation in Safari for OS X) I think that over time they will allow Edge to acquire a significant share in this market. At the same time, Microsoft Edge continues to evolve - recently there has been support for extensions and new security features.
And finally, the new browser from Microsoft has created one trend that is useful for all users: after it was announced that Edge is the most energy-efficient browser providing the longest battery life, the other developers set about optimizing their browsers in a few months in all the main products, positive progress is noticeable in this regard.
Overview of the Microsoft Edge browser and some of its features
Yandex Browser is based on Chromium, has a simple and intuitive interface, as well as synchronization functions between devices and tight integration with Yandex services and notifications for them, used by many users in our country.
Almost everything that has been said about Google Chrome, including support for multiple users and “snooping”, applies equally to the browser from Yandex, but there are some pleasant things, especially for the novice user, in particular, integrated add-ons that you can quickly turn on in the settings, without looking for where to download them, among them:
- Turbo mode to save traffic in the browser and speed up page loading with a slow connection (also present in Opera).
- Password Manager from LastPass.
- Extensions Yandex Mail, Traffic and Disk
- Add-ons for safe operation and ad blocking in the browser - Antishock, Adguard, some of its own developments related to security
- Synchronization between different devices.
For many users, Yandex Browser can be a good alternative to Google Chrome, in something more understandable, simple and close.
You can download Yandex Browser from the official site https://browser.yandex.ru/
Internet Explorer is the browser that you always have right after installing Windows 10, 8 and Windows 7 on your computer. Despite the prevailing stereotypes about its brakes, the lack of support for modern standards, now everything looks much better.
Today, Internet Explorer has a modern interface, high speed (although in some synthetic tests it lags behind competitors, but in tests of page loading and displaying speed it wins or goes on par).
Additionally, Internet Explorer is one of the best in terms of security of use, has a growing list of useful add-ons (add-ons), and in general, there is nothing to complain about.
True, the future fate of the browser amid the release of Microsoft Edge is not entirely clear.
Vivaldi can be described as a browser for those users who just need to browse the web, you can see a “browser for geeks” in the reviews of this browser, although it is possible that the average user will find something for him.
The Vivaldi browser was created under the leadership of the former manager of Opera, after the browser of the same name was switched from its own Presto engine to Blink, among the tasks when creating were noted — the return of the original Opera functions and the addition of new, innovative features.
Among the functions of Vivaldi, from those that are not available in other browsers:
- Function “Quick Commands” (called by F2) to search for commands, bookmarks, settings “inside the browser”, information in open tabs.
- Powerful bookmark manager (this is also in other browsers) + the ability to set short names for them, keywords for subsequent quick searches through quick commands.
- Configure hotkeys for the desired functions.
- A web panel where you can pin sites for viewing (by default in the mobile version).
- Create notes from the contents of open pages and just work with notes.
- Manual unloading of background tabs from memory.
- Display multiple tabs in one window.
- Saving open tabs as a session, so that then you can open them all at once.
- Adding sites as a search engine.
- Change the appearance of pages using "Page Effects."
- Flexible browser appearance settings (and tab layout not only at the top of the window - this is just one of those settings).
And this is not a complete list. Some things in the Vivaldi browser, judging by the reviews, do not work as they would like (for example, by reviews, there are problems with the work of the necessary extensions), but in any case, it can be recommended to those who want to try something customizable and different from the usual programs of this kind.
You can download the Vivaldi browser from the official site https://vivaldi.com
All browsers in this section are based on Chromium (Blink engine) and differ in essence only in the implementation of the interface, a set of additional functions (which can be enabled in the same Google Chrome or Yandex Browser with the help of extensions), sometimes to a small extent by performance. However, for some users, these options are more convenient and the choice is given in their favor:
- Opera - once an original browser on its own engine. Now on Blink. The pace of updates and the introduction of new features is not the same as before, and some updates are controversial (as was the case with bookmarks that cannot be exported, see How to export Opera bookmarks ). From the original part, the interface remained, the Turbo mode, which first appeared in Opera and convenient visual bookmarks. You can download Opera at opera.com.
- Maxthon - by default, it is equipped with ad blocking functions using AdBlock Plus, website security rating, advanced anonymous browsing functions, the ability to quickly download videos, audio and other resources from the page and some other "goodies". Despite all of the above, the Maxthon browser consumes less computer resources than other Chromium browsers. The official download page is maxthon.com.
- UC Browser - a popular Chinese browser for Android is in the version for Windows. From what I managed to note - my own system of visual bookmarks, a built-in extension for downloading videos from sites, and, of course, synchronization with the mobile UC Browser (note: it installs its own Windows service, I don’t know what to do).
- Torch Browser - among other things, it includes a torrent client, the ability to download audio and video from any sites, a built-in media player, the Torch Music service for free access to music and music video in the browser, free Torch Games and “download accelerator” »Files (attention: was seen in installing third-party software).
There are other browsers that are even more familiar to readers that are not mentioned here - Amigo, Sputnik, "Internet", Orbitum. However, I do not think that they should be in the list of the best browsers, even if they have some noteworthy functions. The reason is the non-ethical distribution and follow-up scheme because most of the users are interested in how to remove such a browser and not install it.
You might also be interested in some additional information about the browsers reviewed:
- According to the browser performance tests JetStream and Octane, Microsoft Edge is the fastest browser. According to the Speedometer test, Google Chrome (although the information on the test results differs in different sources and for different versions). However, subjectively, the Microsoft Edge interface is much less responsive than that of chrome, and for me personally it matters more than a slight gain in the speed of content processing.
- The Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers provide the most comprehensive support for media formats on the Internet. But only Microsoft Edge supports H.265 codecs (at the time of writing).
- Microsoft Edge claims the lowest power consumption of its browser compared to the rest (but at the moment it is not so simple, as other browsers also began to tighten, and the latest Google Chrome update promises to be even more energy-efficient due to the automatic suspension of inactive tabs).
- Microsoft claims that Edge is the safest browser and blocks the most threats in the form of phishing sites and sites that distribute malware.
- Yandex Browser has the largest number of useful functions and the corresponding set of pre-installed (but disabled by default) extensions for the average Russian user, taking into account the peculiarities of using browsers in our country.
- From my point of view, you should prefer a browser that has a good reputation (and is honest with its user), and whose developers have been continuously improving their product for a long time: simultaneously creating their own best practices and adding viable third-party functions. These include all the same Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Yandex Browser.
In general, for the vast majority of users, there will be no significant difference between the described browsers, and the answer to the question which browser is the best cannot be unambiguous: they all work with dignity, all require a lot of memory (sometimes more, sometimes less) and, sometimes, they slow down or fail, they have good security features and perform their main function - browsing the Internet and provide the work of modern web applications.
So in many ways, the choice of which browser is the best for Windows 10 or another version of the OS is a matter of taste, requirements and habits of a particular person. Also, new browsers are constantly appearing, some of which, despite the presence of "giants" are gaining some popularity, focusing on some specific necessary functions. For example, now there is a beta test of the Avira browser (from the antivirus manufacturer of the same name), which, as promised, could be the safest for a novice user.