Microsoft just launched a new browser. For iPad. To match the recently released Edge browser for iPhone. What does Edge do different?
It’s a browser. It opens web pages. It works much like Safari on Mac, iPhone, iPad. Edge has a ‘Continue on PC’ that kinda sorta not quite matches Apple’s version for macOS and iOS. Clearly, Microsoft Edge is just another browser among too many already.
Lost Browser War
Browsers may be more important on mobile devices than on the Mac or PC. The trend is toward mobile devices– smartphones and tablets– and clearly Microsoft lost a few of the trend wars in recent years. The company stagnated and completely missed the mobile generation. And that stagnation allowed Google’s Chrome to become the most popular browser on earth.
Yes, just another browser among too many already.
My Mac is grace with, well, let me do the browser count. Safari, Chrome, and Firefox (which seems to be on an improvement and privacy roll these days). I like Opera because it comes with a built-in virtual private network (VPN). Also included on my frequently used browser list is Brave (great privacy options) and Vivaldi.
All these browsers are good and far better than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer ever was, better in many features than Google Chrome, and could easily become the only browser to use– we have so many– yet those are just the tip of the iceberg.
With a notable exception here and there, they all have a few things in common. They’re fast. They render webpages about the same. They have different feature sets. You know, different strokes for different folks.
We have too many browsers and apparently Mac, iPhone, and iPad users know that already and stick with just a few. Safari, Chrome, and Firefox make up about 95-percent of all browser usage on macOS and iOS. Other than different strokes for different folks, what does that say about browser users? Safety in numbers.
My browser usage is a mixed bag. Safari is used about half the time on macOS, followed by a growing trend to use Firefox. Damn, that thing is fast and it syncs bookmarks between devices, too. After that, Chrome gets used but less so on my Mac than Opera, Brave, or Vivaldi or another browser I may try out. Why? I’m tired of being tracked and that’s what Chrome does and how Google makes money.
If Chrome disappeared from the face of planet earth tomorrow at 3:17 pm, the world would be a better place. You can’t say that about Safari or Firefox.
iOS users have plenty of browsers, too, and usage mirrors the Mac. Safari, Chrome, Firefox. But Firefox for iOS does not mirror macOS or Windows 10’s capabilities. Firefox Focus for iOS is a big favorite because of the one-click Erase button which erases browser history.
I don’t mind balancing and juggling half a dozen browsers, but I’m certain the planet has more than enough browsers already. Microsoft’s Edge browser for iPhone and iPad won’t change the world much.