We are usually set in our ways in terms of what browser we use, but seeing all of these new developments elsewhere might entice you to try something new. You never know, you might just have a new favorite browser based on your typical online preferences.
Or maybe not. That’s okay, too, because no matter what browser you use, it’s constantly being updated with plenty of great features.
Either way, here are some of the latest headlines from Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari:
- One of the biggest points of interest for browsers is security. Users will flock to the browser that feels the most safe, or is doing the most to full-on prevent malware from finding its way onto their computers. In the continuing effort to provide the most securing online experience, Google Chrome has added a new feature that will automatically warn a user when his/her browsing settings have been changed by malicious software. There is nothing more annoying than malicious code that alters your browser settings, and this can help you take care of that.
- Mobile users are familiar with Google Now, but the feature is now finding its way onto your desktop. Essentially, Google Now creates personalized alerts in your browser based on your daily habits and emails, sending you everything from flight delays and heavy traffic alerts on your route to work to event reminders, weather, sports scores, shipping notifications and more.
- Mozilla is continuing to make waves in the mobile world, as the company (along with EverythingMe) just debuted a preview of Firefox Launcher for Android. By integrating the “contextual adaptive app search from EverythingMe with the Firefox for Android Web browser,” Firefox Launcher will offer users a personalized, customized and intuitive mobile Web experience.
- Firefox 27 has been released to the public, and it comes full of new features. Mainly, it comes with support for the Firefox SocialAPI, which makes it easier for the browser to integrate with a variety of social media services. Firefox 27 also turns on TLS (Transport Layer Security), adds support for the SPDY 3.1 protocol and fixes 15 security vulnerabilities, along with including a variety of developer features.
- You’ve probably heard numerous times about how Internet Explorer is cleaning up its image, offering a better, faster and more secure browser that can compete with the likes of Google Chrome and Firefox. But have you actually made the switch over to Microsoft’s browser? This writer is challenging himself to only use Internet Explorer and other Microsoft services for the month of February. It should be an interesting experiment, and one that might create a few Google converts. Would you ever make the switch to IE?
- IE11 has finally passed IE10 in market share in the browser’s third full month of availability with Windows 8.1, and IE and Chrome were the only browsers to make overall market gains in January.
- Twitter has released a brand-new design of its site, but, naturally, not everyone is thrilled with it. Luckily, there is already a Safari extension that will transform the white UI into a black one. It never hurts to have options, right?