Which Web Browser is best?

Which browser is the best to use surfing the Internet?
That is a question that many people are debating and never can agree on. I am not going to tell you which is best, but I will share some statistics and test reports with you and share my own experiences about web browser in 2016.

Browser history

netscape_navigator_9_web_browserWhen I first started getting online and experienced the Internet for the first time, Netscape was without doubt the number one browser in the online game. Microsoft was starting pushing their Internet Explorer browser, making it built-in to Windows 95 OSR (OEM Service Release). It gave Microsoft a big advantage because everyone buying a new Windows computer already had the Internet Explore installed out of the box. If you wanted Netscape, you had to download it yourself and figure out how to set it as default browser instead of IE. At that point IE was at version 4, but Netscape was a lot better and faster browser with great support for JavaScript. Unfortunately, Microsoft won the battle in the so called “Browser War” and in February, 2005 Internet Explorer 6 had a marked share of 82.79%. Since then a lot has happened and Microsoft had been pushed away from the top spot of browser domination even in the desktop marked. As a result of that Microsoft has stopped the Internet Explorer project and started all over with the introduction of Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10.

Source: Wikipedia

Browser trends

I have been doing a little research to check out what the trends are in the browser marked lately. The numbers are based on Desktop web browsers:


Source: netmarketshare.com

As the above stats shows. Microsoft has lost its first place in the desktop browser marked. Google Chrome is now by far the most popular and used browser on desktop computers. Also, Firefox has been catching up in IE. While Microsoft Internet Explorer has dropped from 43.82% to 25.48% their new browser Microsoft Edge has only gone from 3.07% in January to 5.16% in September. That must be a big concern for Microsoft.

Which browser is the fastest?

Well to answer that I will like to share test results from ghacks.net They have tested and compared some the most used browser to try and answer that question. Of cause there is lot more than speed that decides what browser is best, but of cause speed is one of the main keys to choose the best browser. As you can see below in the 3 tests, Microsoft Edge is actually faster than Google Chrome in 2 out of 3 test. I think many people are not paying much attention to the new Microsoft Edge browser, because Internet Explorer has been so bad for the last couple of years forcing users to switch to Google Chrome or Firefox.

Source: www.ghacks.net

Source: www.ghacks.net

You can see the full test report here

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Which web browser is your favorite?

I would love to hear what you think. Please drop me a comment below and tell me which web browser you prefer to use and why you think yours choose is the best browser surfing the Internet? It might be because it is fast, gives your great support for plugins or maybe because it does not use as much memory as other browsers on the marked. Please let me hear what you think.

About the author:
I am an IT Professional that has this blog as a hobby project in my spare time. I have been in the IT business since 1996 and want to share some of the thing I have picked up over the years, with people who visit this blog.

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17 Responses to Which Web Browser is best?

  1. chiranjit says:

    I always do prefer for Google chrome, it is my favorite browser ever.I use this browser not because it is fast, but it has also many informative tools which helps me out with my work.

  2. sandeep says:

    Yes, I also prefer Google Chrome for online browsing and reading. The Chrome does not crash easily as compared to other browsers.

    Here are my personal ratings:

    1 Google Chrome

    2 Mozilla

    3 Internet Explorer

    I have used Mozilla for 2 years and I still like it sometimes.

    • Thomas says:

      I do think Chrome is my favorite browser too. Have you tried Microsoft Edge? I think it is getting better and better.

      • Fabio Rodrigues says:

        Exactly the same here. Chrome has always been my favorite and I’ve already tried all browsers.

      • www.office.com/setup key says:

        As a product designer, I utilize Firefox and Chrome for long time and I most get a kick out of the chance to utilize Firefox more. There are loads of augmentations accessible for advancement business related. Surely cherish Firefox.

  3. sandeep says:

    I have not tried Microsoft Edge Yet! But I will try it out….

  4. Peter Clarkson says:

    Am i the only one who didnt know the Microsoft edge ? hmm anyway i prepared chromes its latest. but im still curious for that Microsoft edge :3

  5. Harry Uppal says:

    Hi Thomas,
    I have been using Chrome from years and I have found it the best one till today.
    Although, thanks for sharing the list.
    have a great day.

  6. Ali Imran says:


    A decade back I use to use Firefox, but since the day Chrome was released, I have been addicted to Chrome and never since have I used any other Browser. Although I have installed other browsers too but never use them unless Chrome gives a problem.

    Thank you.

  7. Yami says:

    Google chrome is the best browser, but when it comes to security its not so good i prefer safari for secure browsing.

  8. Khasrang says:

    I feel Google Chrome is the best Choice for me personally…
    As it offers lots of extensions which provides different features…

  9. Zahid Iqbal says:

    I use only Firefox since a long time. I try to switch to Chrome but I think I am addicted to Firefox. But I have installed Chrome also and use it some time. I use Chrome only when Firefox can’t provide my required extension to complete the task. Well, Chrome is clearly dominating the browser war. Edge browser, I try sometime but back to Firefox 🙂

  10. Harry Parker says:

    As a software developer, I use Firefox and Chrome for long time and I most like to use Firefox more. There are lots of extensions available for development work related. Indeed love Firefox.

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