Rematch: Which Is The Best Desktop Browser? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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Last week we asked you about your tech-related new-year resolutions for 2013. While not many readers voted, one answer emerged as the most popular one by quite some votes, and it’s definitely a surprising one! Ready to find out?

Out of 162 readers who voted, 6% plan to increase password security, another 6% want to support/contribute to an open source project, 10% plan to open a website or a blog, 12% want to waste less time online, 13% want to start backing up their data regularly, 14% will clean up and organize their hard drive, and 19%, more than any other option, want to learn how to program! Another 12% told us they haven’t made a resolution, and 7% chose something else.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

Don’t forget to check out last week’s best comment by Lisa Santika Onggrid, who told us everything she would like to accomplish in 2013, and won 150 points for her efforts!

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This week’s poll question is: Rematch: Which Is The Best Desktop Browser?

Want to make some extra MakeUseOf reward points? The most useful comment on the poll will be awarded 150 points!

It has been 2.5 years since we last asked you this question, and its high time to see what has changed in the browser scene. In October of 2010, Firefox won the nod for best browser by a small margin, and IE and Safari trailed the group with almost no votes to their names. How do things look in 2013? Is Firefox still your favorite browser? Are smaller browsers eating away at the big names’ leads? Did IE and Safari manage to gain some popularity? It’s time to tell us which browser is the BEST!

Don’t forget to explain your vote in the comments, and tell us what makes your favorite browser the best. What do you think has changed since 2010 in the browser scene?

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Comments (119)
  • Nigam Anjaria

    I am very much impressed with Chrome. However, the way I browse, I need to back a number of web pages. Here, Chrome does not have a “Menu” bar. Someone I know very quickly explained to me why I did not “need the “Menu” bar. He showed me how do be able to same thing, which is use the “Goto” option under “View”. This is by using a new tab, which is a great feature in Chrome.

    The above is no problem in Chrome but this aspect is. I had to search using Google how to custom zoom Chrome. I have not followed the instructions given on one of the sites, yet. But some of the comments say that as far as the zoom feature is concerned one really cannot do in Chrome what one can do in the Internet Explorer.

    Otherwise I do consider Chrome to be at a higher level of capability than Internet explorer.

  • Edward Goldblatt

    Opera. Google Chrome is, well, just like the rest of Google. Too big for its britches lately, way too much of a memory hog, designed with a generally unpleasant interface (I want to be able to see my menu bar at all times, thank you very much), and if you want to use DuckDuckGo for search and Zoho for your e-mail, docs & spreadsheets, and so on, there’s none of the browser integration that they put in for Google products. Opera’s built-in E-Mail client, IRC client, torrent client, Opera Turbo, and the vast depth which you can get to just by tweaking settings, make Opera the best major-use browser on the market today. That’s before we get into the matters of tab previewing and tab stacking, Notes, or simple stability. So, no matter where you come at me from, Opera wins the day.

  • Timothy Zhu

    I’m a Chrome user, for personal use and development purposes as well.

  • Elizabeth

    Late to the party, but…

    Netscape Navigator totally pwnz Internet Exploder!

    Wha — huh? Oh, OK, I guess I’m about 15 years late to the party. Blame it on that dial-up Internet I haven’t quite gotten the hang of yet… ;-)

  • prasanth vikkath

    I’m voting for Chrome. From my personal experience its faster than any other web browser and more stable.

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