One of the best ways to determine whether a browser is right for you or not is to look at what other people are doing. And although Internet Explorer is still tops in the market, Chrome is gaining ground in a big way. Earlier this year, it had more usage on one day than Internet Explorer, before Microsoft regained the intraday lead the next day. If more people are heading to Chrome, why shouldn’t you?
Remember that mention on design? Well, a key component in the Chrome user experience is simplicity. Google’s browser tries to make it simple for users to surf the Web, save bookmarks, search the Web with the Omnibox, and more. Microsoft has come a long way in making Internet Explorer simpler, but it’s still not there.
Although syncing bookmarks and browsing history is possible on a host of browsers with extensions, Chrome has that built in, thanks to the “Sign in to Chrome” feature. Having all of your data synced across all of your computers is a nice option that you shouldn’t overlook.
It’s hard to figure what Microsoft really wants from Internet Explorer. The browser is slowly but surely becoming less important to Microsoft’s bottom line. And with Europe taking issue with the software giant bundling it with Windows, it might not be able to maintain such dominant market share over the long haul. Microsoft will continue to offer Internet Explorer for the foreseeable future, but don’t expect it to be as important to the company as it once was.