LOOK, CHROME IS a great browser. It’s feature-packed, overstuffed with fun extensions, and keeps your digital life organized across multiple devices. But maybe its insatiable resource-lust is bringing your laptop down. Maybe Google gives you the privacy willies. Or hey, it first showed up on Macs in 2009—maybe you’ve just got a seven-year itch. The good news is, there’s plenty of life after Chrome.
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has long been the most used browser on the internet. But its iron grip began slipping ever since Google launched Chrome in 2008. In 2012, one usage tracker declared Chrome the new champion, but some others still had IE in the lead. Now, all the holdouts are in agreement—Chrome is king.