Is the world on the verge of a new browser war?

Somehow everything coincided, in time. In response to public outcry over the Safari 15 redesign, Apple canceled the most controversial changes. When Apple starts to listen to users’ opinions, I get scared. Fans of Microsoft Edge, an interesting and very good browser, have suddenly revived. Compared to Edge, they write, Safari is hopeless outdated junk. And Edge is confidently taking over the market from this stuff, and will soon become the main browser in the world. The Microsoft Edge development roadmap has been updated on the Microsoft website – it contains information about previously unknown browser functions, indicating the versions in which they will be implemented. Everything is scheduled up to version 97.

Edge is Microsoft’s old new browser that competes with both Chrome and Safari

Edge updates follow one after another, with version 91.0.864.67 released a week ago for Windows and macOS. That is, the current version for macOS and Windows is 91. Beta version 92 is being tested. No browser is updated as often, and is not developing at such a rate. Indeed, things are heading for war. To the browser war, in which we will win no matter how it ends.

Which browser is better

There is still a long way to go before a serious confrontation between Edge and Chrome, or Edge and Safari. Chrome and Safari are much more heavily used. According to StatCounter, in June 2021, 65.27% of calls to Internet resources were made from Google Chrome. In second place is Apple Safari, the main browser of the apple ecosystem. Safari made 18.34% of requests. Safari (browser means “it”) could only become more popular if Apple’s ecosystem expanded. By the way, Apple is working on the extension. Safari’s top spot isn’t shining anyway – so Chrome and Safari relaxed, and before Edge came along, they were resting on their laurels. Nothing threatened their position.

Edge is a good browser, but Safari falls short

Until Edge began its rapid approach to their positions. In February of this year, Edge ousted Samsung Internet, another ecosystem’s browser, from third place. Edge usage increased from 1.1% to 3.4% between June 2020 and June 2021. More than three times! Chrome and Safari usage hovers around current levels, with Chrome having 65.47% in June 2020 and Safari 16.97%. If the number of Edge users grows at the same rate, it will catch up with Safari in two years.

And maybe even earlier – Edge is still more attractive than Safari, and in which direction the situation will change after the release of Safari 15, no one knows. The threat to Chrome is, oddly enough, even more serious. Edge is very similar to Chrome (to make the settlers from Chrome feel at home), only better. That he is better stated by Microsoft, but users confirm these words. I tried Edge, I didn’t like it. I don’t like Chrome, but they are very similar to Edge. I have no other complaints about Edge.

What is a roadmap

Roadmap is not quite the correct name for a live document published on one of the pages of the Microsoft website. This is a checklist listing the features that Microsoft Edge developers are working on. Surely not everything they are working on is on the public list. You can’t do without secrets in this matter. This list, or roadmap, is perhaps one of the reasons for the browser’s rise in popularity. Apple should think about something like this, it works. In July, Microsoft’s version of “for everyone” should have a “tab group” feature.

Microsoft is developing Edge very actively, but Apple is not lagging behind

A very useful feature. Apparently, everything is in order with its development. And in September there will be a “hide title” function. Apparently the title of the open page. Why someone might need it, I don’t know, but judging by the way Edge fans react to it, this is something insanely useful. In version 94 of Edge, you will learn how to add free-form text fields and notes to open PDF documents. Starting from version 97, when you open a page using a link from Finder or File Explorer, you can choose whether to launch it with a browser, or in a progressive web application (PWA).

Apple is considered the creator of PWA, such applications were supposed to be the only kind of third-party applications for the iPhone. In version 95, functionality will be added for working with collections of quotes and reading lists. For students, researchers and others like me, this is a very useful addition. Many other features are covered in the roadmap. But, as always, there is little open information. And besides the roadmap, Microsoft Edge fans have other ways to get information. Leaks, rumors – after studying Apple’s experience, they applied it brilliantly.

Why Apple is afraid of leaks

Apple is afraid of insiders and even tries to silence them. But so far not very successful

Everyone knows that Apple is secretive, but few wonder why. Everything seems to be. it is clear and understandable: so that some company of the No Name class does not repeat Apple’s decision and release it to the market earlier than Apple itself. And also – to surprise users. There is one more reason, much more important and, perhaps, decisive. Apple does not stop testing new products almost until they are released.

And quite often, according to the law of meanness, problems are discovered at the very last moment. If it takes time to eliminate it, the release of the product is postponed. In order not to make excuses and not to explain anything to anyone, the products of which have not yet been announced are classified. If something has to be announced in advance, the product has to be released. Therefore, Apple tries not to announce anything in advance.


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