But what else do you want to see in your favorite browser this year? Google Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer are constantly coming up with new ways to impress users and leave each other in the dust. This year will be no exception, as these competitors will, of course, focus on speed and security while presenting new features that make online browsing better than ever.
Here is some of the latest news for the top browsers out there:
- Google is developing an improved malware-blocker for Chrome, where malicious programs can automatically be blocked by the browser. Unfortunately, far too many people fall victim to malware, and Chrome is taking additional measures to stop it.
- Mozilla is taking its talents to a range of other devices in 2014, which includes introducing its mobile phone with Firefox OS to even more emerging markets. But that operating system will also soon find itself on smart TVs and tablets, putting it in the same stratosphere as its competitors. For those who love the desktop version of Firefox, this is a great way to enhance that experience.
- Speaking of new devices, LG is releasing the Chromebase all-in-one desktop computer that runs on the Chrome OS. As Chromebooks continue to increase in popularity, it makes sense that there would be a move to a desktop, especially for Chrome-addicted users who love using Google Drive to jump between devices.
- Hate the word “millennials” and wish it could be banished from the Internet forever? In 2014, Chrome makes that a reality with an extension that replaces “millennials” with “pesky whipper-snappers.” For the younger generation, there could possibly be no better improvement this year.
- Internet Explorer 11 continues to rocket up the market share charts, as its usage tripled in December of 2013, going from 3.27 percent of the total web browser market share to 10.42 percent. Internet Explorer 8 is still the most popular browser in the world (20.64 percent share), but more and more people are experiencing the many great qualities of IE11, which range from great touch functionality and improved security to faster switching between tabs (up to 100!), direct Skype or Lync calls, side-by-side browsing, HTML5 and WebGL support and more.
- One reason people love Chrome so much is that it offers exceptional experimental opportunities, evidenced by this recent list of useful features you may not have originally known about.
- Increased engagement with New Tab Browser Pages – Brand Thunder has developed a “new tab home page” that includes the ability for brands or advertisers to distribute video content, headlines, music, exclusive content and even offers to users when they open a new tab. This is a new evolution in the browser theme and their high engagement and branding abilities. This new tab page from the Houston Texans provides an example:
So What are You Looking for in a 2014 Browser?
As each of the Big Three continue to fight for market share dominance, it means users will be privy to a slew of great new features with regularity. Whether you simply want speed and security or a host of experimental features that let you customize the browser exactly how you’d like, you’ll have no shortage of options in 2014.
What type of features entice you to use a particular browser? Let us know!