What do you associate with certain web browsers?

You have lots of choice when it comes to selecting one or two web browsers for computer and mobile use. On desktop, you may select the browser that is included with the operating system or a third-party browser, and the same is true for mobile devices.

Chrome is without doubt the dominating force on desktop PCs — except on Apple Mac devices — and it plays a major role on mobile as well. Most web browsers have certain traits or attributes associated with them, and this article is about those.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox? What comes to your mind is not necessarily what others think about first but many browsers have general attributes associated with them.

android browser choice screen

While I would like to know what you associate with certain browsers, I thought it would be a good idea to write down my associations.

Let’s get started:

  • Internet Explorer — legacy browser that is included in Windows that is outdated, not very secure, and used by many to download a better browser. Still strong in business environments for legacy purposes.
  • Microsoft Edge — The Windows 10 browser that Microsoft tried to establish as a major browser. Failed for a number of reasons including that Microsoft made it Windows 10 exclusive and a lack of features and web standards support. Netflix 4k playback.
  • Microsoft Edge (Chromium) — Microsoft’s next attempt at creating a new modern browser. Based on Chromium which means better standards support but also an admission that classic Edge failed.
  • Google Chrome — The Google browser that tells Google a lot about users who use the browser. Fast and good support for web standards. Google TOS disallow certain extensions from being created.
  • Mozilla Firefox — The privacy browser and only “real” Chromium competitor on the desktop. Not as fast as Chromium-based browsers. Good customization options, some problematic decisions in the past. Better extensions than Chrome feature-wise even though the more powerful extension system was dropped in 2017.
  • Vivaldi — Chromium-based browser with a focus on user choice and customization options. A bit on the heavy side because of that.
  • Opera — Another Chromium-based browser that includes an ad-blocker and VPN. Chinese-owned.
  • Brave — The browser that attempts to change the Web’s main monetization model. Also Chromium-based.
  • Tor Browser — The “anonymity” browser. Based on Firefox but with extra privacy options and Tor network support.

Now You: Do you agree or disagree? Feel free to let us know about your associations in the comments.

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