My Mac, iPhone, and iPad are home to far too many browsers these days. Most of them do much the same thing, but some I use more than others, and others I have completely ditched and do not use at all. Google Chrome, I’m looking at you.
The Mac has Safari (comfortable), Firefox (fast with options), Brave (fast and private), and Vivaldi (which seems to be the best substitute for Chrome). What’s missing? No browser from Microsoft. Internet Explorer on the Mac died years ago.
Internet Explorer for Windows PCs is on its death bed; hospice is in the room, and the life support plug has been pulled. We’re just waiting for the browser that almost destroyed the internet as we know it finally to bite the dust.
Microsoft’s tired Internet Explorer (IE) last month slumped below 10% for the first time, dragging down the company’s total browser user share to a record low.
See? Deathbed. This browser will not survive. But, because the platform is Microsoft’s Windows, Internet Explorer will die a slow, lingering, and hopefully painful death. You know. Like Windows XP.
What about Microsoft’s browser wannebe and IE replacement, Edge?
Together, IE and Edge – the default browser for Windows 10 – controlled just 14% of the September global user share, a decline of 1.1 percentage points from the month prior. That 14% figure was a record low for this century.
Good golly, Molly. What happened?
There was a time when Internet Explorer ruled the online world, Mac and Windows. Microsoft’s attempt to reshape the internet to match IE and its shortcomings led to a revival of web standards, initially led by Firefox, then Apple’s Safari, and then Google’s Chrome.
The browser has been in a tailspin since Microsoft announced it would require Windows users to upgrade to the latest version. IE has plummeted 48.5 points, equivalent to a decline of 83%, in the four-plus years since the 2014 announcement that triggered Microsoft’s browser disaster.
Even Edge has not caught on with new Windows 10 users, most of whom opted for Google’s Chrome and others, including Firefox, Opera, Vivaldi, and more. The browser market is fragmented more today than yesterday, but Chrome reigns supreme on Windows and Android, and offers stiff competition to Apple’s Safari on macOS and iOS.
Google’s Chrome became the bully that regularly shook down Microsoft for its user share lunch money.
Now it’s time for Chrome to receive its much overdue comeuppance and the trend has already begun.
Chrome has picked up some bad habits like hogging RAM or logging in users without their permission. But in the face of Chrome’s hegemonic presence, the field of competitors has gotten leaner, faster, and more interesting. A year ago, I abandoned Chrome for one called Vivaldi, and I’ve never looked back.
That works for me.