The numbers tell a pretty convincing story: In May, Google’s Chrome overtook Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to become the most popular web browser on the planet.
Microsoft has had a stranglehold on the top spot for years since versions of its IE browser ship with every new iteration of the Windows operating system. In recent years, however, the growth of IE has slowed as competing browsers (like Firefox and Chrome) added new features and capabilities that Microsoft couldn’t keep up with. (They do a lot of other stuff, so let’s cut them some slack!)
Although more recent versions of IE have added the missing features and had a better focus of innovating along with its competitors, the writing was already on the wall.
Want more proof that the tide has turned in Chrome’s favour? The whole team at ReSoMe has adopted Chrome as our primary web browser. Here are some of the cool features we use on a daily basis:
- Search bar – Safari still hasn’t caught up to this: the search bar and address bar are the same thing! Just start typing and Chrome goes through your search history and favourites to see if you’ve visited the site before and if it doesn’t, just hit enter to Google the term. Easy!
- Chrome Store – Looking for plug-ins, apps, or add-ons to make your life easier? Google put them all in one place. The installation process is easy and… you can download and play Angry Birds. Booyah!
- Pop-up alerts – Let’s say you’re writing up a blog in Word, but you’re chatting with a friend in Gmail’s chat window. Chrome makes an unobtrusive pop-up appear in a corner of your screen to remind you that you’re friend’s waiting for a response.
- Thousands of apps for project management – The Chrome store is pretty darn huge. So not only can you get Angry Birds to waste an hour, but the store also helps you make use of your work hours. There’s a ton of task management and productivity tools to help boost your workflow.
Everyone likes little things about their own personalized browser experience, but there are lots of good reasons to try Chrome and more people are making the switch every day.