The single most used browser on planet earth is Google’s Chrome, followed by Apple’s Safari, maybe something from Microsoft, then Mozilla’s Firefox, and a whole host of also-rans tied for last place. How many winners?
One of the worst browsers in human history is almost dead. Microsoft held a funeral already, and then decided to ditch its own efforts and join forces with Google. Chrome is based upon Google’s open source Chromium project, and Chromium forms the backbone of Microsoft’s new Edge browser.
Mac users can get a quick look see preview on the Microsoft Insider website.
Microsoft’s obvious capitulation to the realities of the browser market and Google’s dominance means future Edge browser versions– Mac and Windows– will be based on a stable and advancing platform; the obvious and clear cut winner. Google’s Chromium.
Indeed, the new Mac Edge looks and feels like, well, a Windows version of something Chrome-like.
Does that look familiar?
Google’s Chromium project forms the engine for Microsoft Edge, the famous Opera browser, newcomer Vivaldi, the increasingly popular and more private Brave, and many, many other browsers for Windows, Mac, and even Linux.
Yes, The Golden Age of Browsers means users have many choices, and all of them are good; browsers today are fast, feature laden, come with many privacy and security options (though some are better than others), display webpages properly, and create a better browsing experience than in decades past.
Yes, that means the winners are easy to identify. Chromium is the winner. Safari places a distant second, while Mozilla’s Firefox browser is an even more distant third place. Nothing else matters.
My Mac is home to a growing number of browsers, though I use three most of the time. Firefox first, Safari second, then a mix of Brave, Vivaldi, Opera, and others (more to see what is going on with the competition than anything else).
What? No Google Chrome?
Nope. My Macs, iPhone, and iPads are Google free.
I have grown tired of being part of Google’s user base. I don’t need their free software, and I am no longer willing to trade my private information to enrich Google’s already overflowing coffers. It may be unfortunate that Microsoft chose Google’s Chromium project to source the new Edge browser, but the choices were thin already.