For users who dislike Internet Explorer, a common alternative is Mozilla’s Firefox, a streamlined and speedy browser that offers a user-friendly interface among other advantages. However, with the entrance of Microsoft’s stunning new browser, Edge, the lifespan of the fiery orange fox may have been significantly shortened.
The Open Letter
The CEO of Mozilla, Chris Beard, apparently sees Edge as a threat to Firefox, because he sent an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. He claims that Windows 10 confines users, giving them fewer choices and making it difficult for them to have the experience they desire, rather than the experience Microsoft intends for them to have.
Windows 10 is currently available for free to Windows 7 and 8 users. When people do the upgrade, the Edge browser is set as the default. The process does not include a step where users can choose their preferred browser. This apparent lack of flexibility is what offends Mozilla CEO Chris Beard, since it appears to force the Edge experience onto the new Windows 10 user.
Microsoft claims that users can switch to a different default browser anytime they like, including popular choices such as Chrome and Firefox. The company defends its decision not to include browser choice as one of the steps in the upgrade process, citing their desire to make the upgrade as quick and simple as possible.
Is Edge really such an amazing browser that Mozilla is terrified of users trying it out? Experts and reviewers have been testing and comparing browsers, with some interesting results. Using the Peacekeeper benchmark and Speed-Battle, one tester saw Firefox outstrip Chrome and Edge. However, when testing page load times, Edge defeated the other two easily. For practical speed and performance, Edge does indeed rank the highest among the three big ones.
For sheer user-friendliness with a helpful layout, Firefox ranks first. However, Chrome wins out when it comes to special features, support, and extensibility. Edge lacks the right-click options that other browsers include, while Chrome fails to offer a sharing option integrated into its system, instead forcing users to make use of extensions, bookmarklets, or widgets.
The Bottom Line
What’s the verdict? Each of these “Big Three” browsers include helpful features, and their variety doesn’t make any one of them a poor choice. Each one caters to a different set of internet users with their own specific likes and dislikes. Try out all three options to discover your personal favorite.