Which Is the Best Desktop Browser? 2014 Edition [MakeUseOf Poll]

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What do you think of Chromebooks? That’s the question we asked you last week, and we got a fair amount of answers. While your votes are not entirely straightforward, it seems there’s a clear trend when it comes to Chromebooks.

There were 5 possible answers in this poll, and the votes divided almost equally among them. This is not something you see every day!

Out of 622 votes in total, 5% tried Chromebooks and didn’t like them, 21% plan on getting a Chromebook as their next laptop, another 21% are not giving it a chance, 24% already own a Chromebook, and 29% of the voters haven’t decided yet.

All in all, not a bad position for Google to be with an OS that has nothing but a browser.


Comment Of The Week

It was a hard choice this week, as there were many useful comments and thoughts regarding Chromebooks, their uses (or lack thereof) and their niche in the tech market. If you’re still debating whether you want a Chromebook or not, you may find some answers in these comments. But only one person can win.

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Best comment of the week goes to Bill Fleet, who owns a Chromebook and took the time to tell everyone what he likes about it, what its current limitations are, and where he thinks it’s going. Pretty interesting!

I own one, and I’m fairly pleased with it. It fits a niche: my iPad is not great for answering emails, and my MacBook Pro is too heavy (and precious) to lug around every day. I have the Samsung 3; I added a clear plastic shell to make it feel more sturdy, even with that, it’s light, fast (enough) and fairly cheap. The number of apps it supports is growing.

Google presented a product: a light teminal for cloud-based applications. Basing it in a web application model makes it hardware-agnostic. It’s NOT a netbook. Netbooks are the closest thing to it, though, and that’s how we initially tried to use it. This will change.

It’s interesting to watch the evolution of this niche. Once Chrome OS was in the marketplace, users and developers came up with an astonishing array of uses that Google probably didn’t envision. Business apps and games, sure, but image editors and drawing apps? IDEs? Apps with offline storage? Sky’s the limit.

Once one gets past the basic requirement of a certain amount of net access, the Chrome OS model turns out to be amazingly flexible. Plus a way fast boot, and data safety. I’m impressed.

Which Is The Best Browser? 2014 Edition

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Another year has gone by, and it’s time for another poll that has become sort of traditional. We first ask you to pick your favorite browser at the end of 2010, at which time Firefox won by the tiniest margin, and Opera got a respectable third place. Last year, Chrome managed to win by more than 15%, leaving all other browsers in the dust. Have things changed in the past year? Let’s find out!

Keep in mind that we’re not asking which browser you’re currently using, but which one you think is best.

Now hit the comments! Why is your favorite browser the best? Did you change your mind about this in the past year? Did one browser come a long way? If you voted for “other”, what browser do you think is best?

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