Breaking up With Chrome is Hard, But Right, to do

In a rather unexpected setting room This week, Wall Street Journal personal technical columnist Joanna Stern recommended leaving Google’s Chrome browser. Instead, she said that users should turn to Safari or Microsoft’s Edge.

Safari The best browser on Mac

I say unexpected because Mrs. Stern has previously explained why, like many people – including me, she liked using Chrome. His arguments for quitting, however, are as convincing as the reasons for staying. In addition, “the RAM draw, the exhaustion of the battery and the disrespect of the confidentiality of Chrome make it possible not to look back,” she wrote. Not surprisingly, the last columnist’s tests revealed that using Safari produces much better performance on a Mac than its rival created by Google:

Safari used about 5% to 10% less RAM than Chrome, Firefox and Edge in my tests. Compared to Chrome, Safari kept the 13-inch MacBook Pro running for an additional 1-2 hours at a charge. In addition, the laptop was much cooler and quieter, except for video calls in the browser.

Obviously, compatibility between Apple devices is excellent if you just use Safari and we know the importance Apple places on security. However, it should be noted that iOS 14 will allow users to set other browsers by default. Ms. Stern recommended that Safari users have a backup option as there can sometimes be problems with web application compatibility. She also noted that Edge works on Apple devices and that Mozilla Firefox “is a good option, especially for people who care about privacy”, but it didn’t work as well in its battery life and performance tests.

Switch from Chrome

I stopped using Safari and switched to Chrome a few months ago. Although it added a few hoops to cross when moving between devices, I regularly received messages from Safari warning me that the sites I used regularly used a large memory and were fed up. Such problems have never occurred on Chrome. However, in the name of journalism, I will follow the recommendation, make cold turkey and take Safari as the only one. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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