It is too early to talk about the winner. The competition just beginning, the new browser from Microsoft is externally almost indistinguishable from Google Chrome. Inside, too much in common, in particular, the browsers use the same engine (Chromium). But there are differences, at least they are declared as “under the hood” and intentions. The latter do not differ from declared by Apple in their browsers, both companies want to protect users from surveillance and to protect them from the dangers of the global network. At least the Safari had a strong competitor.

The most popular in the world browser, Google/Google Chrome seems to have a little to make room. Microsoft Edge is the default browser in Windows 10, the new version of the most common in the world of operating system for personal computers, even if Microsoft Edge was used exclusively for her, he would be doomed to take in the world charts of popularity one of the first places. But Microsoft Edge is available on almost all popular mobile platforms, Android, iOS, iPadOS, macOS. Browser free, actively advertise it – many at least try it.

Once Chrome “hurt” Microsoft Internet Explorer, which until the appearance of Chrome was using almost 95% traveling in the global web. IE was the de facto monopolist, and suddenly some company dealing with search engines and data collection about user behavior on the network attracted 17% of visitors to the Internet. And Safari ahead of FireFox and Mozilla, was in third place with five or six percent. Now the leader of the Google/Google Chrome by a large margin from all the others, and in browser – stagnation. The Status Quo. No reason to seriously improve was not. Problems and bad decisions have accumulated a lot. Let the storm blow – in any case, whoever was the winner, we win.

User interface

I prefer Safari. With all its shortcomings that no one does for a long time, he copes with its responsibilities. Safari terrible system manage bookmarks, much of it is thought out and not contrary to the laws of good user interface, but in Chrome and all other browsers it’s even worse. Perhaps this is my subjective opinion, but having tried manyI went back to Safari. This side Safari of danger, at least for now. Appearance, closely mimic Chrome trick Microsoft.

At the current stage it is necessary to force to try Microsoft Edge the widest possible range of people, and since three-quarters of users are well-oriented in this interface, facilitates this task. Microsoft promises, over time, radically change everything. Most likely, a new interface, revolutionary changes and implement new ideas and findings are not the worst in the world of the designer of interfaces (decades of confrontation with Apple were not in vain), has been developed, but its output, for strategic reasons, delayed.

Protivodeistvie surveillance

But on the part of the beloved corn of the Apple (protection of privacy and information security, counter-spying user a browser on the network, and the like) from Safari can cause problems. In the summer of 2019, researchers from Google discovered in one of the main “jewels in our crown” Apple Safari in the Safari system Intelligent Tracking Prevention, serious vulnerabilities.

The idea of counter-tracking, especially with the epithet Intelligent(intellectual), I think, absolutely hopeless. There is only one way guaranteed to avoid detection in the network – to do this, it must be switched off. That told Craig Federighi in 2017, of course, impressive, but still left doubts. Alas – the system of fighting, instead of protecting users from surveillance, making it vulnerable against five kinds of attacks. A description of the problem was sent to Apple in August 2019, 10 December 2019, Apple released an upgrade to correct vulnerabilities, not forgetting to thank the researchers.

Instead of courtesy, the researchers subjected a new version of Safari with the same tests, and found that none of the vulnerabilities addressed. If Apple employees didn’t report it publicly, on Twitter, the publicity could have been avoided – but no luck. 22 Jan Justin Schuh, head of Google development Chrome, publicly denied the report. Vulnerability in place.

Microsoft Edge with system of counter-surveillance while everything is fine. Their browser is just not yet subjected to intense testing, and the number of identified vulnerabilities (their is 0) he is in a much better position. Perhaps the same evil researchers from Google (the company that develops Google Chrome), with passion, already looking for Microsoft Edge dirt. Nothing personal, truth is more expensive. If Microsoft actually invented some fantastically effective means of countering the surveillance network, the chances of Microsoft Edge to take away from Google/Google Chrome leadership positions will increase. It can be.