The program you likely use the most on your computer is your web browser, yet many people automatically accept the default browser that is set up with their computer, which for Windows users is typically Internet Explorer. Yet there are a number of other browsers available, many of which beat out IE in terms of speed and features. Let’s take a look at some of the top web browsers available for Windows.
If quicker page loads are a priority for you, then this is your program. In testing, Chrome beats out all other browsers consistently when it comes to speed. It also has a wide library of extensions and the ability to sync Chrome installation on other computers. And if you are a frequent user of Gmail, Google Docs, or the Google Calendar, you may enjoy the browser’s ability to use them offline as well.
This browser is considered the most customizable, with a ton of add-ons and plug-ins. You can block advertisements, download web videos, and integrate social media into your browsing experience, just to name a few of the features available. Mozilla is also constantly providing updates and improvements to keep the program up-to-date and functioning at its best.
This browser is recommended for people who are using older computers. It uses less memory, so the program and web pages load faster than with other fancier browsers. The features of other browsers that speed them up on other computers will actually slow the programs down on older machines.
In the end, your own comfort with the web browser plays a big part in which is best for you. If you believe one of these browsers will be better than the current program you are using, you should be aware that there’s always a learning curve when trying a new program. Give yourself a little time to get used to it.
Additionally, if you are the owner of a website or blog, it’s to your advantage to have all of the major web browsers installed on your computer. Your site will appear differently in different browsers, so you may discover issues that you would not be aware of otherwise. Consider setting a reminder to check your website on multiple browsers once a month to ensure that your site is running at its best, no matter how your users try to view it.