Windows? Dozens of browsers. Even iPhone and iPad have more browsers than I can try, let alone count. All do much the same thing, many have the same features, the good ones are free, and most browsers do something a bit different to earn their existence.
What Price Beta?
Let’s use Apple as my first example. You use Safari, right? Most Mac users do, although for some inexplicable reason, Google’s Chrome has gained in popularity and notoriety. Chrome is a power hungry user information stalker. My Mac is grace with Safari, a Safari beta version, and, the Safari Technology Preview version. What do you get with the latter two? Beta. And bleeding edge.
While Chrome still exists on my Macs, I use it less and less thanks to its battery hogging ways, and Google’s continued propensity to stalk Mac users. Free comes with a price, folks.
Also on my Macs are Chromium, from which Chrome is derived, but also the new Firefox– fastest browser ever, and now with more privacy and security options than Safari. Also, Vivaldi, Brave, Maxthon and Opera (owned by Chinese folks, so the fear of security and privacy issues go there, too). I like the Roccat browser because it has some unique tab and pastboard features.
Most of these browsers– but not all– have Windows and iOS counterparts. I have reached the conclusion that most browsers are very good– far better than in decades past– but how many browsers can a human being use at a time?
My limit is about four. Safari, Firefox, Brave, and, unfortunately, Chrome– but if not for a needed Google account, would hit the Trash flying.
Most of these browsers render website pages about the same but few of them have the browser user in mind. Safari puts Google’s search engine as the default. So much for privacy concerns, huh, Apple? Brave might be the most private but lacks features and usable preferences. Firefox is blazing fast but using the iPhone version slows down to Safari speeds, and there are too many touches just to delete History, but I like the Privacy & Security options in the Mac version.
We Mincey folk are a clan of collectors, so maybe there’s an inherited gene somewhere which requires us to add more of the same thing than we need. That might explain all the photo enhancement apps on Mac and iPhone and iPad– not to mention all the calculators, text editors, and poker games.
It is my intent to declare that humankind has too many browsers. Half a dozen should be the worldwide limit and each should be required to run on all platforms. Hell, we even have Microsoft’s Edge on iOS now.
Are we awash in browsers? You’re damned right we are. It might be my fault.