Become a MacRumors Supporter for $25/year with no ads, private forums, and more!

Why members here seem to use Chrome on their Windows machines?

hajime

macrumors 603
Original poster
Jul 23, 2007
6,128
841
In some threads about Windows laptops, I keep seeing people mentioning about opening many tabs in Chrome. Why it is more popular than Edge? Is it just among recently converted Mac to PC users? Is Chrome better than Edge? If so, in what sense?
 

keysofanxiety

macrumors G3
Nov 23, 2011
9,534
25,267
Chrome I prefer on Windows due to extensions and everything synced due to using G Suite for components at work. It also means that when working from home, I have everything exactly as it is when using Chrome on my Mac.

Otherwise I use Safari on macOS.
 
Comment

velocityg4

macrumors 603
Dec 19, 2004
5,287
1,748
Georgia
I use Firefox although Chrome is my backup. I prefer FF privacy and it being much more open to tinkering. Edge turned me off right away with the lack of extensions. Adding them still is cumbersome.
 
Comment

trillionaire

macrumors regular
Dec 19, 2018
211
131
Canada
I've actually been using Chrome and didn't even give Edge a chance yet. I've just gotten so used to functioning on Chrome that it doesn't make sense. I actually used to be a Firefox user but been using Chrome for a few years now and have made that my go-to browser. I can't remember why I switched from Firefox.
 
Comment

SDColorado

macrumors 601
Nov 6, 2011
4,349
4,318
Highlands Ranch, CO
Edge will be changing soon when Microsoft releases "Anaheim." I guess we will find out if they change the name from Edge when officially released or not, but it will be based on Blink and I would assume then support Chrome extensions, much like Vivaldi?
 
Comment

c0ppo

macrumors 68000
Feb 11, 2013
1,685
2,986
Personally I avoid Chrome like a plague. Vivaldi on Windows, and a combination of Safari/Vivaldi on Mac.

Chrome and Opera extensions work on Vivaldi as well, and Vivaldi is a complete powerhouse of a browser. Nothing can compare with Vivaldi features, and if someone took Vivaldi away, I would feel a great void in my work life :D
 
Comment

AndyMacAndMic

macrumors 6502a
May 25, 2017
726
1,167
Western Europe
Bit late to the party, but I use Edge for 90% of the time because it is less of a memory hog than Chrome, it also scrolls much smoother (especially with a touch screen). The 10% I use Chrome is because of plugin reasons.
I don't have to sync anything with Chrome so that is not a point for me.
 
Comment

derekamoss

macrumors 65816
Jul 18, 2002
1,142
736
Houston, TX
Bit late to the party, but I use Edge for 90% of the time because it is less of a memory hog than Chrome, it also scrolls much smoother (especially with a touch screen). The 10% I use Chrome is because of plugin reasons.
I don't have to sync anything with Chrome so that is not a point for me.
The scrolling with edge is the reason I could never go to chrome alone. If it came between extensions and smooth scrolling, scrolling wins because I use it more than anything else. Edge has the only extension I care about anyways which is an adblocker.
 
  • Like
Reactions: AndyMacAndMic
Comment

tbayrgs

macrumors 604
Jul 5, 2009
6,933
4,022
I just discovered Brave and have switched to it on my Android phone, Surface Pro 6, and iMac. It's built off Chromium so I get plug-ins (1Password is a must), has its own native content blocking and syncs across devices. Otherwise, I prefer Safari.
 
Comment

Mr. Heckles

macrumors 6502a
Mar 20, 2018
706
658
Around
I use Firefox for most surf and chrome for work. A few work sites needs Flash, and that’s when Chrome is helpful.
 
Comment

sracer

macrumors G3
Apr 9, 2010
8,798
9,678
Prescott Valley, AZ
I primarily use the Chrome browser on Windows, Linux, and macOS because of the plug-ins, syncing, and compatibility with Chrome OS. On my iPads, I use Safari, on Android I use Brave.
 
Comment

xraydoc

macrumors demi-god
Oct 9, 2005
7,747
1,891
192.168.1.1
Chrome on Windows. Let’s me sync bookmarks, passwords, history, cookies, extensions, etc., between my laptop and multiple machines at work.

I will use Edge when browsing from just the tablet/clipboard of my Surface Book as it has better support for the on-screen keyboard.

Prefer Safari on iOS, however, but maybe 25% on Chrome.
 
Comment

turbineseaplane

macrumors 603
Mar 19, 2008
6,303
9,383
I use Edge nearly exclusively...

The two exceptions where I use Chrome are for watching YouTubeTV and when I need to visit a page in another language and I'd like it easily translated automatically for me.
[doublepost=1553395474][/doublepost]
I just discovered Brave

Good recommendation - I'm going to try that on Windows for a bit
 
Comment

maflynn

Moderator
Staff member
May 3, 2009
67,181
34,315
Boston
I use Edge nearly exclusively
I see pokets of usage, and in some cases, it seems to have garnered a bit more popularity then I was expecting, yet with that said, Edge is changing, and what incentive will there be? Its going to be using the chromium engine, so I don't see what advantages that will have over Chrome.
 
Comment

turbineseaplane

macrumors 603
Mar 19, 2008
6,303
9,383
I don't see what advantages that will have over Chrome.

I'm not a heavy or primary Windows user (as yet) and the biggest advantage Edge has always held for me is that it's the default built in option and feels and operates in a very lightweight way.

I have nothing against Chrome.

I use multiple browsers on every system actually.
No need to choose just one.
 
Comment

SandboxGeneral

Moderator emeritus
Sep 8, 2010
26,482
9,990
Detroit
It's just personal preference really. I use Chrome primarily for work purposes since I have G Suite for email and office suite stuff. For obvious reasons, G Suite works best with Chrome. For personal browsing habits, on my PC (Linux) I use Firefox. When I was using Windows, Edge held no desire for me to use it.
 
Comment

c0ppo

macrumors 68000
Feb 11, 2013
1,685
2,986
I see pokets of usage, and in some cases, it seems to have garnered a bit more popularity then I was expecting, yet with that said, Edge is changing, and what incentive will there be? Its going to be using the chromium engine, so I don't see what advantages that will have over Chrome.

Actually, now that Edge will use blink, there will be a lot of reasons to use Edge. First, no google on my PC. I hate their tracking, spying, etc. Sure, MS does some as well, but nothing like Google. Second, you get to use all of Chrome extensions. Third, MS will 100% make Edge work and sync with all of MS services via outlook account. And of course, pen + snipping features built in. And finally, MS can optimise Edge for Windows way better then Google possibly could.

But my last argument will probably take a while, but first 3 will be there straight away.
 
Comment
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.