People Are Finally Ditching Internet Explorer For Chrome

People Are Finally Ditching Internet Explorer For Chrome

In the land of browsers, Internet Explorer is king — but not for long. The most-used browser in the world is swiftly losing its prestigious ground to up-and-coming web browser, Google Chrome. Computerworld released a report that predicts if Internet Explorer continues its user base free fall, Chrome could become the new browser champ as early as May 2016. The downfall of IE is even more striking when you consider that the report lumped Internet Explorer together with Microsoft's new Windows 10 browser, Edge. Microsoft's troubling browser decline started raising eyebrows when Edge user base wasn't growing as precipitously as its brand new operating system. PCWorld reported in September that Edge was only 14 per cent of browsers running on Windows 10. Edge is also the default browser when you upgrade or boot up a new Windows machine. Chrome, conversely, had the lion's share at 60 per cent.

Fast forward six months later, and the news isn't any better. That's partly because of Microsoft's 12 January 2016 browser support deadline for IE gave people a chance to rethink their browser of choice. It's also because Edge is a new browser and with it comes glitches inherent to most new software, especially at launch.

But there are also two other big user issues. First, Edge still doesn't support extensions (though they're supposedly coming this year) or cross-platform support. So people who don't like living life in a closed ecosystem are forced to used different browsers for different devices. It's also why Apple's Safari never broke out of its small share around 5 per cent and Apple even has the benefit of a smartphone platform that's worth a damn.

That isn't to say Edge is trash. In fact, its notation tool on a Surface (or numerous other Surface clones) is A+. It just comes with inherent limitations. So why settle when Chrome or Firefox offer more? Sounds like some of Microsoft's most fervent browser users may be asking the same question.




    It's not surprising given IE11 is kinda hidden in Windows 10 and Edge is front and center. I don't particularly like the Edge UI myself. Perhaps it'll improve over time but there's enough alternatives around to give it a miss for now.

      What's not to like? It's pretty much the same as every other browser.

        Yeah, unless you have a need for extensions, which pretty much makes it useless!

    Things I don't like about Edge:
    - It won't recognise files I drag from my desktop onto it
    - It doesn't support plugins
    - It can't be set to automatically clear its cache/history when its closed
    - The UI is blah

    I got sick of all of Chrome's bs and switched back to mozilla.

    I don't know why, but I suspect that Edge will pull a Chrome on Chrome. "A Chrome" being what was pulled on Firefox long ago. When Chrome first appeared it was inferior in many regards to FF, most notably, in its lack of extensions support. What it had going for it, was being sleeker, newer and less resource hogging than bloated and old FF. Spot any similarities yet?

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    I would like a browser that works like the modern app version of IE on windows 8.1. The touch centric interface is good. The desktop version felt clunky (that went for Chrome, Desktop ie and Firefox).
    From what I have used of edge, it is similar to the desktop model rather than the modern app touch centric version.

    To me Chrome is just easy and fast. Only use IE at work but my personal life hasn't seen it in years. Tried the rest Firefox, Opera, Dolphin and Safari but they threw too many features and tabs that I'd never use. Chrome does it to but not as much as the rest.

    I really don't understand why anyone would bother installing a third party browser. That said, for many, many years I was a Netscape/Firefox devotee who swallowed the line that anything was better than IE, without ever having actually used it. Then, when I first started testing Windows 8 betas, I decided I would give IE a try and I found it to be as good out of the box as my highly pimped (with extensions and plugins) version of Firefox.

    Since then I have used it pretty much exclusively at home. I use Firefox at work and these days it definitely feels slower/clunkier than IE/Edge at home.

    When Chrome was first released I tried it out for a few months but just couldn't see what all the fuss was about. It was just another browser and didn't seem to be one jot better or worse than Firefox, so when I next upgraded I didn't bother installing it.

    Now I am using Edge on W10 and it's fine. I don't understand why they include both it and IE, and it definitely lacks a few features I'd like to have, but nothing that makes me feel I need to go back to IE or install a third party browser. What I miss most in W10 is a replacement for the metro version of IE, which I absolutely loved. The full-screen experience, horizontal scrolling and minimal UI distraction was/is awesome to the point that I prefer to surf the 'net on my clunky tablet, hooked up via a KVM, just so I can use it.

    I went to Chrome to synchronise my bookmarks across my devices. It hasn't done that for months and I can't make it synch.

    Has chrome fixed the memory leaks? I use a mix of ie (now edge) and FF. When I used chrome admittedly years ago. 11gb ram used for Google home page.

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