This blog post was edited 4/3/19 to update the current market shares for each browser.
WEB BROWSERS – A Quick Overview of The Most Common Web Browsers.
Your browser makes a difference! Ever since the first popular graphical web browser became available (Netscape 1.0, 1994), web browsers have been the vehicle that brought the advanced abilities of the World Wide Web to every computer’s screen. Now, there are many different browsers to choose from.
Here is an overview of some of the most common browsers:
Chrome is Google’s open source browser. Here is what Google says about it:
“Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.”
Google Chrome is very fast and easy to use and is the default browser for many of the staff at CYber SYtes. March 2018 through March 2019, Google Chrome received 48.96% of the browser market share in the U.S.
Safari is a graphical web browser developed by Apple. Safari was first released on desktop computers in 2003 and a mobile version has been bundled with iOS devices since the iPhone was introduced in 2007. It is the default browser on Apple devices and currently receives around 31.75% of the browser market in the U.S.
Internet Explorer (IE) now has only 5.19% of U.S. market. Microsoft Edge has 4.4% of the U.S. market.
Learn more about IE and Edge: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17621
Firefox is a free and open-source web browser. The firefox.com website says that the new Firefox browser is 2X faster, uses 30% less memory than Chrome, and allows private browsing with tracking protection. Firefox has almost 4.49% of the browser market share.
As you see, there are many choices when it comes to Web Browsers. There are so many that there is no way to list them all. Visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_web_browsers to see what we mean!
The browsers listed above are all free. Spend a few minutes downloading and using them. You may just find one that fits your needs and style better than what you are using now. And remember, whatever browser you use, be sure to upgrade to the most current version of your browser.