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Microsoft’s Second Favorite Browser Is Opera, It Seems

I think for many larger enterprises the web browsers their employees use are a key aspect for their organization management and protection and Edge seems to be leading in that way in allowing companies to that in ways Chrome is not, despite having a number of years head start.

Microsoft’s Second Favorite Browser Is Opera, It Seems

This week, Microsoft showed us three tests in which Edge came out on top, every time, and by a significant margin, too. The first test was done in a stricter lab environment; the second involved Microsoft measuring the data it got from the Windows 10 telemetry; and in the third test, Microsoft put a video in a loop in Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Opera, to see which notebook running those browsers lasts the longest until their batteries died.

While no one seemed to care about Internet Explorer, Microsoft is properly doing its homework as its Edge browser just surpassed Safari and became the second most popular desktop browser, according to an analysis.

Google released Google Chrome 9 on February 3, 2011. New features introduced included support for WebGL, Chrome Instant, and the Chrome Web Store.[42] The company created another seven versions of Chrome that year, finishing with Chrome 16 on December 15, 2011. Google Chrome 17 was released on February 15, 2012. In April 2012, Google browsers (Chrome and Android) became the most used browsers on Wikimedia Foundation sites.[43] By May 21, 2012, StatCounter reported Chrome narrowly overtaking Internet Explorer as the most used browser in the world.[44]However, troughs and peaks in the market share between Internet Explorer and Chrome meant that Internet Explorer was slightly ahead of Chrome on weekdays up until July 4.[45] At the same time, Net Applications reported Internet Explorer firmly in first place, with Google Chrome almost overtaking Firefox as the second.[46] In 2012, responding to Chrome's popularity, Apple discontinued Safari for Windows.[47]

The ads that you see may also be selected based on other information learned about you over time using demographic data, location data, search queries, interests and favorites, usage data from our products and sites, and the information we collect about you from the sites and apps of our advertisers and partners. We refer to these ads as "personalized advertising" in this statement. For example, if you view gaming content on, you may see offers for games on Microsoft Start. To provide personalized advertising, we combine cookies placed on your device using information that we collect (such as IP address) when your browser interacts with our websites. If you opt out of receiving personalized advertising, data associated with these cookies will not be used.

We may use information about you to serve you with personalized advertising when you use Microsoft services. If you are logged in with your Microsoft account and have consented to allow Microsoft Edge to use your online activity for personalized advertising, you will see offers for products and services based on your online activity while using Microsoft Edge. To configure your privacy settings for Edge, go to Microsoft Edge > Settings > Privacy and Services. To configure your privacy and ad settings for your Microsoft account with respect to your online activity across browsers, including Microsoft Edge, or when visiting third-party websites or apps, go to your dashboard at

You may also choose to share your Microsoft Edge browsing activity to allow us to personalize Microsoft Edge and Microsoft services like ads, search, shopping, and news. Microsoft Edge browsing activity includes your history, favorites, usage data, and other browsing data. For more information about our advertising privacy policies see the Advertising section of the privacy statement. In the Microsoft privacy dashboard you can control the use of your browsing activity for personalized ads in the See ads that interest you setting. If you disable this setting in the Microsoft privacy dashboard you will continue to receive personalized web experiences like search and news based on your browsing activity if you have Allow Microsoft to use your browsing activity including history, favorites, usage and other browsing data to personalize Microsoft Edge and Microsoft services like ads, search, shopping and news turned on in Microsoft Edge settings. You may disable this browser setting in Microsoft Edge at any time to stop receiving personalized web experiences based on your browsing activity.

Some Microsoft browser information saved on your device will be synced across other devices when you sign in with your Microsoft account. For instance, in Internet Explorer, this information includes your browsing history and favorites; and in Microsoft Edge, it includes your favorites, reading lists, autofill form entries (such as your name, address, and phone number), and may include data for extensions that you have installed. As an example, if you sync your Microsoft Edge reading list across devices, copies of the content you choose to save to your reading list will be sent to each synced device for later viewing. You can disable syncing in Internet Explorer by going to Start > Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings. (For more information, see the Sync settings section of this privacy statement.) You can also disable syncing of Microsoft Edge browser information by turning off the sync option in Microsoft Edge Settings.

Opera gives you two ways of importing bookmarks. For well-known web browsers such as Firefox, Chrome or Microsoft browsers, Opera has a sync feature that eliminates the need to export your favorites first. If you want to import bookmarks from browsers for which Opera does not provide this import option, use the HTML document import feature.

Do you want to change to Chrome from another browser, but keep all your current bookmarks? Fortunately, you can conveniently move them to the Google browser. This is also true if you wish to use the mobile version of the web client on your smartphone or tablet. Read this article and find out how to import favorites to Chrome.

We spent many hours comparing the best web browsers in terms of speed using a handful of tests on Windows and macOS. We provide the results in our Methodology section to show which is the fastest web browser on your favorite desktop platform.

Chrome was our biggest performer, taking the top spot in three out of four tests. Microsoft Edge always came in at a close second, save for one test where it switched seats with Chrome. Firefox was our lowest performer of the browser batch.

The results were surprising. You may remember a few years ago, all the major browsers claimed that it was theirs that offered the fastest performance. Our results explain why - there simply is no clear winner. While Chrome offered a blistering 62.619 in the Jetstream tests, compared with a pitiful 35.182 for Firefox, Speedometer results were so poor at 19.5 that we reran the test several times to make sure it really was that bad. Compare that to Microsoft Edge at 69.1, with Opera a valiant second at 66.2. Kraken, a tool created by Firefox maker Mozilla, actually proved a problem for its own browser - it gave the slowest result of 3967.1ms. The winner was Vivaldi, which scored 1618.6, more than twice as fast as Firefox - yet scored mid-table on our other benchmarks.

It's pretty clear that Chrome outshines the rest when it comes to extensibility. The Chrome Web Store is massive and contains so many unique extensions that can't be found on other browsers. Opera comes in a close second -- a virtual tie -- because it can load Chrome's extensions.

Microsoft has delivered a compelling Chromium-based browser in the second version of Edge. The Android version has undergone a snazzy revamp to match the desktop browser (although you can customize its look and feel), and it's a decent option that syncs up with your Microsoft account.

Finally, we took a look at CPU and RAM usage by loading a set of 20 websites in a single window in quick succession. Once all tabs began loading, we waited 45 seconds, and then checked the CPU and RAM usage. The idea was to see the amount of system resources the browser used during a heavy workload.

In terms of mobile, Safari is ranked number one and makes up 53.6% of all mobile browsing in the US, with Google Chrome ranked second with 39.3% and the Galaxy phones default browser, Samsung Internet, at 4.62%.

As the default Windows 11 browser, the popularity of Edge has crept up in recent months, with the first concrete signs that it would surpass Safari to take second place coming in February, when it was used on 9.54 percent of desktops globally. Back in January 2021, Safari held a 10.38 percent market share, indicating a gradual slippage in popularity over the last 14 months.

When it comes to mobile platforms, it's a different story, reflecting Microsoft's lack of a mobile operating system since the demise of Windows Mobile. In StatCounter's analysis, Edge doesn't even make it into the top six browsers on mobile, but first-placed Chrome commands 62.87 of usage share, with Safari on iPhones and iPads taking a comfortable 25.35 percent in second place, 20.65 percent ahead of third-placed Samsung Internet, with 4.9 percent.

Chrome is the most popular internet browser (with an estimated global market share of around 60%) in the world and, currently, the fastest. It took first place in all but one of our tests, and was very close to Edge where it fell into second place.

I'm on testing Norton Family 30-days trial now. I've read product description before installing it and was tempted especially by "second layer of protection" in "usnupported browsers", as mentioned below

From automatically signing you in to the browser to a fishy location history policy, Google seems to be developing the habit of rolling out something unpopular before reeling it back in another update. There are ways around this, but Google is still using Chrome to learn about you and then monetizing that information. 350c69d7ab


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