The internet has become the primary use for many laptops and desktop PCs in recent years. While online, you want to know that your web browser is fast, secure, and has a few extra features to make the experience easier. We put six popular offerings through their paces to see which is the best browser for Windows. (Also see: All software reviews.)
At the recent Windows 10 launch event, Microsoft announced a new browser, codenamed ‘Spartan’, which is set to appear when the new operating system is released at the end of 2015. This slimline internet portal will feature a modern, minimalistic design, lean performance, the Cortana digital assistant built-in, and the ability to run extensions. All the early signs are promising, but what if you want to use a new browser with your current version of Windows?
The choice is actually a lot wider than you might think, with plenty of offerings vying for your surfing duties. Some well-known names, such Google with its Chrome browser and Microsoft with the ubiquitous Internet Explorer, dominate the landscape, but old favourites such as Firefox still have plenty to offer in terms of added features and data security. (Also see: How to delete cookies and browsing history.)
Here we’ve gathered together six of the best browsers currently available for Windows, and put them through their paces to see how well they deal with the rigours of the modern internet. We looked at speed, the user interface, added features, and security to find the ultimate application to handle your web needs.
With so much of modern computing based online, it’s always good to know that you don’t have to stick with the browser that came on your computer, and some of the alternatives are very good indeed. (Read next: Best alternative web browsers)