The internet is a significant part of our daily life today. However, to access it, we need special software tools. Web or Internet browsers are special software programs that have been specifically developed to allow computer users to access the internet. With the development of digital devices, it is important to note that these web browsers have been redefined to operate on mobile phones and various operating systems. Currently, the top internet browsers include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Opera browser. However, there are other competitors in the market that have managed to spice up the competition.
Today, there are several browsers in the market, some of which are designed specifically to help a certain group of people. For instance, the Opera browser has an Opera GX version that is specifically designed for gamers.
When installing a browser on your personal computer, it is important to have a backup browser if things go wrong with the default or primary browser. Many operating systems today, like Microsoft Windows and macOS, come with their preferred internet browser. For example, Microsoft Windows 10 comes with the Microsoft Edge browser, an upgrade from the previously infamous Internet Explorer. Similarly, the macOS comes with Safari as its default browser.
However, third-party companies have managed to develop even better browsers, according to experts, in essence. Some of the most popular web browsers are third-party applications that are not pre-installed in the operating systems.
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera are among the most popular browsers of all time. However, to use these browsers on your personal computer, you will have to download and install them independently. Depending on your preferences, it can be challenging to choose among these web browsers. Below is a list of the top ten internet browsers for Windows computer users.
Below are the most popular internet browsers for the Windows Operating System. The browsers are not arranged in any particular order. This is because the browsers are different and serve different purposes.
Google Chrome was launched in the market by Google in 2009, and it immediately gained considerable attention. At that time, the web browser was easily the fastest in the market. Today, Chrome is the most popular web browser.
Google Chrome meets the standards of a basic browser and adds more to the table. It is straightforward to manage bookmarks, browse privately, apply various themes, and utilize several extensions. The extensions library has a wide range of additional features that make every chrome experience unique. Extensions are majorly used to extend the chrome browser's overall functionality, allowing users to block ads, take full screenshots, and record screens.
Other than the usual browser functionalities, Google Chrome stands out with its popular Chromecast feature. Google Chromecast is a feature that allows you to cast your screen to another Chromecast-enabled device on the same network. In addition, Google Chrome provides its users with an option of signing in to allow cross-device support and data sharing.
Mozilla Firefox is Google Chrome’s fiercest competitor. Mozilla has been known for its ability to accept numerous customizations and speed. It is actually faster than Google Chrome. With the release of Firefox Quantum, the browser’s speeds increased incredibly. According to Mozilla, the new browser was twice as fast as its predecessor.
One impressive thing about Firefox is its ability to minimize the use of computer resources. Firefox is relatively light and uses significantly less RAM compared to Google Chrome. This means that the computer can run smoothly while operating several web browsers on Firefox.
Mozilla Firefox has a strong respect for user privacy. Privacy is a serious issue on the internet today. In 2015, the State of Mozilla report made a strong statement on how to protect users' privacy and security settings.
It is obvious why so many people are stuck with either Chrome or Firefox. However, sometimes real power lies in the unknown. Brave browser is arguably one of the best replacements for the chrome browser. It offers all the benefits that you can get from Chrome plus add ons. For instance, Chrome extensions are a major reason people stick to the browser; well, Brave browser also has extensions, and besides, it offers much faster speeds than Chrome itself.
Brave browser team is perfect for anyone growing weary of the amount of information they share with Google as a corporation. The browser offers much more privacy and faster speeds than Chrome while giving its users the necessary compatibility to adopt chrome browser extensions.
Like many browsers, the Brave browser is based on Chromium, so you do not have to worry about compatibility issues. In addition, this allows you to enjoy the benefits of “Google products”; for instance, you can install the Google Docs extension on your brave browser and use it offline.
Chromium is the backbone of several web browsers today, such as Google Chrome, Brave, Vivaldi, and even the new Microsoft Edge. Google introduced it in 2008 as an Open Source software.
Chromium itself is a sufficient browser; however, it primarily exists as a testing tool for newer Chrome web browsers. Also, developers are free to use chromium as a base for their new browsers that they intend to create. Additionally, chromium allows you to use extensions that are outside the Google Web Store.
The internet browser is relatively fast and can also benefit from the large pool of chrome browser extensions. However, just like Chrome, this browser requires high RAM to operate properly. It also doesn’t focus much on privacy issues. Its lack of automatic updates makes it one of the least desirable browsers. Usually, many web browsers offer what chromium offers but in an improved and sophisticated way. There is little to no reason to pick chromium over the other sophisticated browsers.
Opera browser is one of the most persistent web browsers around today. It has been n existence for over two decades. The web browser commands a considerable market share on internet browsers, with a small but loyal fanbase. Opera browser is rich in features. In its recent updates, Opera has made a bold statement by being the first browser to implement an actual built-in VPN service. In addition, the browser offers its users impressive customization options. Since this browser is also based on the popular chromium backbone, it has reasonable support for Google Chrome’s extensions. However, the browser isn’t all rosy after all. Opera browser is relatively slower than Google Chrome and Firefox.
It is compatible with many operating systems like Windows, macOS, and Ubuntu. However, the Opera corporation recently changed ownership, leading to data privacy and security concerns. Additionally, it also consumes more RAM than its competitors. Opera also has a specific browser designed for Gamers known as Opera GX. Below is a screenshot of my Opera GX browser.
The Vivaldi web browser was launched by the former CEO and co-founder of Opera in 2016. It is highly regarded since it offers a broader range of features. As expected, this browser is also built off the popular chromium platform. With the Vivaldi browser, you can use the Google Chrome extensions and their native functionalities.
Vivaldi is extremely customizable, fast, and compatible with Windows operating system, macOS, and many Linux distributions. It is particularly known for its outstanding tab management experience that offers an intuitive searching and browsing experience. It has a speed dial feature that lets users keep large and visual bookmarks fr efficient browsing, and it's easy to control using the keyboard.
The browser can allow you to switch between dark and light themes; you can adjust fonts and colors with great flexibility. You can even change the background image or set the browser theme to match the overall computer’s theme. Notably, the Vivaldi browser is light on RAM usage, making it a preferable choice for many.
Torch Web browser is arguably one of the fastest browsers today. It has several advanced features that are offered in a relatively small installation file of 2 MB. Its unique features allow users to download both videos and torrents without any additional extensions.
Torch Browser isn’t far apart from the Chrome browser. It offers slight modifications that make it stand out from the rest. It has customized links to specific Torch sites such as Torch games and Torch music. Torch browser is more like a chrome browser with a better and more advanced download management system. If you are not looking to download multiple files, then the Torch browser is unnecessary.
Microsoft has been a non-conforming participant in the industry of web browsers. However, recently the Microsoft group launched the newly developed Edge browser powered by the Chromium open source project.
However, as expected of Microsoft, this browser doesn’t mimic Google Chrome. Instead, the browser has several admirable security features. It offers a customizable feature that allows users to protect themselves from web tracking.
The browser has an Internet Explorer model that can be used to render older websites correctly. The new Edge browser comes pre-installed in Windows 10. It offers a great UI experience, with a blend of chrome extensions and a feel of Windows. Unfortunately, Microsoft Edge does not synchronize your history when the browser is launched.
UC browser offers great features for its PC users. Although the company has been around for a while, it was mainly known for its outstanding download management system on Symbian and Java phones. However, after years of research, the team came up with the new UC browser, which runs on Chromium open-source platform. The browser supports faster downloads, cloud sync and allows you to install and use chrome extensions.
UC also has several themes and wallpaper options to choose from. It is fun and simple to use with several add-ons with a unique user experience.
Maxthon is an altogether different browser from the web browsers mentioned in this article. Maxthon offers an extremely different approach to web browsing. It is a free browser with unique benefits.
Maxthon considers the existence of both old and new websites on the internet. Therefore, the web browser can switch between two modes, the Ultra and Retro mode, to render different websites. It automatically switches to the retro mode for older websites, while the Ultra mode uses the Webkit to load new websites.
It runs on all windows operating systems. In 2019, this browser saw a new core upgrade that has seen its popularity begin to rise.
While there are several browsers on the Internet today, the main browsers of choice for most people remain to be Chrome, Firefox, and Opera for Windows-based computers.