Browser choice: Microsoft Edge overtakes Apple’s Safari

Statcounter is a company that has been analyzing internet traffic for a good 20 years and therefore also has an overview of how many users are using which browser. If you look at the current ranking, which shows the number of users over time from March 2021 to April 2022, there is a curve that is very high and many are clustered at the bottom of the graph. The superior is Google’s Chrome, which almost consistently hits nearly 70% on desktop (66.64% during the review period).

This part of the study is therefore not surprising. On the other hand, what is new is what happens in the following ranks. Edge and Safari have been battling it out since November. And in the end, the Microsoft browser won this race with just over ten percent of the market. Apple’s rival is subject to 9.6%. Number four is Firefox with just under eight percent, followed by Opera with 2.4 and Microsoft’s second-largest browser, Internet Explorer, with just under one percent.

Microsoft is not represented on mobile devices

The ranking of tablets and smartphones is somewhat different. Chrome is still in the lead here, but the gap to number two, Apple’s Safari, is significantly smaller here, especially for tablets. Microsoft has no role in the browsers of these devices.

However, it is remarkable that Microsoft is catching up so much with Edge on desktop computers, as Explorer is still used on older devices with Windows 8.1 or 7 operating systems. However, it is no longer offered for Windows 10 and 11. , only Edge.

In the German desktop market, the new Microsoft browser gained further momentum (14%). However, that’s only enough for third place here, because in this country, Firefox is clearly number two after Chrome. This is probably due, among other things, to the fact that the Germans attach great importance to data protection and that Firefox in particular would be capable of this.

What is the fastest browser?

If you’re not sure whether you’re using the right browser, you should first clarify what’s important to you. When it comes to speed, i.e. how quickly web pages are loaded on the screen, Safari and Edge are ahead. In a speed test by internet security company Avast, Chrome was a clear winner. Opera is also clearly behind. According to the test, Firefox is the slowest. The fact that Safari and Edge are faster is probably mainly due to the fact that they are closely matched to desktop operating systems from Apple and Microsoft. With Apple everything is also adapted to Mac hardware, Safari is also a bit faster than Edge in the speed test.

Who offers the best extensions?

Tastes are different, everyone values ​​something different. However, almost all extensions (also known as plug-ins, add-ons or extensions) are available for all major browsers. This ranges from improvements in page display to translations into other languages, improvements in data protection and security, to notifications of new emails and reading web content – to name a few. only a few. Only with Safari is the choice clearly limited. You can find extensions for Chrome here, for Edge here, for Firefox here and for Opera here. In Safari, you need to click on the “Safari” button in the upper left corner of the opened browser, and then select the “Safari Extensions” entry.

Which browser should I choose if privacy is important to me?

It is often said that Firefox is the safest browser when it comes to preventing data spies. Security researcher and blogger Mike Kuketz followed up this statement in a detailed analysis. His first achievement is astonishing:

“Firefox is not a privacy-friendly browser out of the box.” Mike Kuketz, Privacy Expert

Kuketz explained this in detail in his one-page study. Overall, Firefox is extremely chatty and sends many requests to Mozilla (the organization behind Firefox) without users knowing. At least – that’s the good part of the news – but unlike competitors like Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, Firefox can be converted into a privacy-friendly browser. Kuketz describes exactly how it works in detail in his blog. If this is too complicated for you, you can give some basic tips:

  • For example, under “Settings” / “Privacy and security”, you can select stricter protection, then generally less data will be exploited.
  • If you want to curb Mozilla’s curiosity, you should uncheck the transmission of telemetry, survey and other data to Mozilla under “Settings” / “Privacy and security” / “Firefox data collection and use”.
  • And if you do not want the data to flow to Google, you can change the default search engine under “Settings” / “Search”, as well as disable the display of search suggestions and also under “Settings” / “Privacy and security” / “Protection against fraudulent content and harmful software” also removes all check marks.

Despite all the criticism, Kuketz points out at the same time that when it comes to data protection there is no better browser than Firefox.

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