Yes, I’m a firm believer that we live in The Golden Age of Browsers. All the major and many not-so-major web browsers are fast, render webpages well, and have more than enough features for the vasty majority of humanity that still uses a browser instead of applications.
Unfortunately, the browser world has a major problem. There are enough browsers to go around, but browsers have settled into three basic platforms, and one of them is dying.
Mozilla’s Firefox has become what many think is the best browser that money doesn’t need to buy. Firefox is faster than all major browsers, has as many features as any, and comes with built-in advertiser and tracker blockers so it is the most secure browser to use right out of the box.
The problem with Firefox is numbers. They keep going down even while Mozilla has improved it to become markedly superior to the other two platforms– Apple’s WebKit and Safari browser, and Googles Chromium project and Chrome browser.
For Apple customers, Safari rules, of course as it is the default browser on macOS and iOS and that accounts for more than 1-billion customers.
On the Chromium side of the fence, both Opera and Microsoft have stopped their own browser engine development and hopped on board Google’s Chromium gravy train. That’s right. Opera is owned by a Chinese company and uses Chromium as the browser engine. Microsoft is kicking both Internet Explorer and its own Edge browser to the curb, and the new Edge is based on Chromium, with IE expected to run within a tab.
The vast majority of browser users use Chrome or a Chromium-based browser; perhaps double the number of Safari users on Apple’s Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Mozilla’s Firefox is far behind and losing ground.
That’s a shame. Firefox is a very good browser with better privacy and security and faster webpage downloads than either Safari or Chrome (or, most versions of Chromium).
Last year I stopped using Chrome and anything Chromium-based. Google does not deserve my browsing information. I use Safari on macOS and iOS, and Firefox most of the time.
As mentioned, it renders webpages faster, and has built-in advertiser and analytics tracker blockers. That improves webpage download speeds, saves time, and saves bandwidth, in a browsing experience that easily equals anything you get from Safari or Chrome.
Google controls Chromium. Apple controls WebKit and Safari. Mozilla controls Firefox. Which of those do you trust the most? Or, trust the least?
Choose wisely, because one or two make money from your browsing history.