Browser / Search Engine Bully…?


A Browser / Search Engine Bully…?

Internet browsers – necessary if you want to “browse” the Internet, but which one is the most usable and less troublesome…?

Personally, long ago, I used to use Internet Explorer but these days I use Google Chrome…  So, what browsers are there available now and does any of them have a bigger “market share” than the others…?  What’s the difference between a “browser” and a “search engine”…?

The definition of a browser is: “A web browser is considered a software application that allows people to access, retrieve and view information on the internet. The information that may be “browsed” can be in the form of text content on a web page, an image, video, audio etc. The most popular web browsers currently in use are Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari.” [1]  The first web browser used was called “Mosaic” [2]

The definition of a search engine is: “The main purpose of a search engine is to search for information on the Internet. They are software programs that search for websites based on keywords that the user types in. The search engine then goes through their databases of information in order to locate the information you are looking for. The main search engines currently be used are Google, Bing, and Yahoo.“[1]  The first search engine was the “Who Is” search engine (created by DARPA [Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency]) used to search for registered domain names.

Which browser is the “best“…?  Well, in a sense, none of them because the use of one browser over another is a “subjective” choice – one [or more] preferred over the others available…  One browser that seems to have the largest market share is Google Chrome as can be seen on this “Global Status Map” of the browser market share worldwide [as of July 2017]

One reason Google Chrome browser is popular is due to its heavy marketing of the browser in its early days which continues today…  As a search engine it commands 77.43% of the globe…  It would be my guess, if Google can get away with it, they would love to totally dominate the market when it comes to browsers and search engines

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