The days of being stuck having to use the pre-installed Internet Explorer browser are long gone. In the world of optional web browsers, there are a few names that reign supreme, like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Other lesser-known web browsers are still garnering attention and a loyal fan base, largely due to a host of features that are great for industry-specific and targeted purposes.
Even as the pre-installed Windows 10 browser Microsoft Edge continues to have its supporters and critics, several browsers–from Firefox to Baidu–released updates today that are intended to make the user experience more streamlined, address some bug fixes, and more.
Google Chrome – Still the top dog in terms of global usage, this browser is known for its extremely tight privacy settings and its easy UI. One of its best known features is speed, though, even right from desktop launch. The ability to Sandbox websites to prevent installation of malicious software is another widely popular option, as is the ability to customize your browser experience with your own selections of extensions, add ons, and plug ins.
Firefox – Firefox 41 is out, which is no surprise since the Mozilla team has been working furiously to put out updates that make Firefox compatible with Windows 10. Users who downloaded the new Microsoft operating system were horrified to find that Edge became the default browser and that the process to correct that was difficult; users who did manage to get Firefox going reported compatibility issues, problems with its appearance, and more.
Opera – Sure, everyone probably knows that Chrome, Mozilla, and IE are in the top spots for browser use, but not many people know that Opera rounds out the top five (Safari nabbed fourth place this year). While a quiet underdog, Opera has a solid commitment to accessibility, making it one of the top choices among tech users with differently addressed needs. Customizable keyboard shortcuts, mouse controls, even voice controls make it perfect for those who need a different type of web experience. It also has a nice, easy-to-read interface, making it popular among people who don’t need frills.
Baidu Spark Browser – While it’s one of the lesser known names in web browsing, Baidu Spark has a lot to offer. It’s powered by the same concept that runs Chrome, so it’s steady and reliable. Rather than the typical tool bar at the top, Baidu brings it down the side for a different experience. It’s really optimized for graphics-heavy work like downloading large files, uploading photos and videos, and more.
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