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Best web browsers of 2017: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera go head-to-head

PCWorld: “The web browser is by far the most important piece of software on your PC—at least for most users. Unless you’re at a workstation crunching numbers or editing the next Star Wars you probably spend the majority of your computer time staring at a web app or a website. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’ve always got the best tool for the job, and in 2017 that does not include Internet Explorer. If you still want the built-in option for Windows that would be Edge, but it’s hard to stick strictly with Edge when you’ve got other choices including Google’s Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera. Let’s take a look at the four major (and modern) browsers to see how they stack up in the latter half of 2017. A few things have changed since we looked at the top browsers just a few short months ago. Microsoft released the Fall Creators Update in October, and in our tests it seemed to have a significant impact on browser results. The real impetus for this redux, however, is the release of Firefox 57, aka Firefox Quantum. This is an entirely overhauled version of Firefox. The browser switched to using browser extensions instead of add-ons, the interface has been tweaked, and it’s also supposed to be two times faster, and use 30 percent less memory than Chrome. Let’s dive in. (If none of these internet browsers strike your fancy, head over to PCWorld’s roundup of 10 intriguing alternative browsers.)”

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