Last week we went back to one of our traditional yearly polls, and asked you to choose which is the best desktop browser as of right now. With Firefox and Chrome being the big winners of previous years, 2014 definitely came as a surprise.
10,197 readers voted in this poll (thank you!), and these are the final results:
3% voted for Safari as the best browser, 19.5% think the title should go to Firefox, 21% voted for Opera, 23% think Chrome is the best desktop browser, and a very surprising 29.5% voted for Internet Explorer as the best browser currently available.
Whether it’s rallying their supporters to the poll or actually making a good browser, Microsoft seems to be doing something right!
Comment Of The Week
While Internet Explorer seems to have won the most number of votes, it’s almost entirely absent from the comments. Most of last week’s comments revolved around Firefox and Chrome, with a generous sprinkling of Opera and Maxthon. Several readers took the time to write useful and thought-provoking comments, but only one of them could win.
The winner of last week’s best comment is Resworb, who unlike the majority of the commenters, thinks the most important aspect of a browser is its looks. Definitely a refreshing viewpoint, and one that many of us tend to ignore despite how important it is. Resworb won with this comment:
For the last five years or so my choice of browser has been solely based on appearance. Firefox, Chrome and even IE (yes IE) have come leaps and bounds that they are so blisteringly fast that the different in speed is almost negligible (especially on low to mid-end internet connections). If anyone makes me a browser like Safari (or with Mac like font rendering and elegant interface), regardless of the engine it uses, that would be best browser choice. I feel that far too many developers forget the fact that most of spend a lot of time on our browsers and while reducing the amount of screen space they occupy makes it suitable for websites it would definitely be appealing if they would spend some time on UI design. My choice will always be “other” as long as there is something that looks unique or different.
Do You Prefer Paying For Apps Or Viewing Ads?
The age-old questions: money or ads? While many opt out of both by using ad blockers, this is not what today’s poll is about. Today we’d like to know whether you generally prefer paying for the mobile apps you use, or use them for free while viewing ads. Ads are very common in mobile apps, especially on Android, and it’s easy to get an ad-supported free version of almost any app. For some, however, ads are a reason all by itself to avoid an app. Where do you stand?
Hit the comments and share your thoughts about mobile ads. Are they the bane of your existence, or are they the only viable way for mobile app developers to make some money off their work?
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