Top 12 Web Browsers for Business
Last updated: June 11, 2021
Web browser is a software for viewing web pages on the World Wide Web and using web-applications. Web browsers for business should provide additional security and administration features.
The free, non-profit browser for your desktop and mobile devices. Firefox is created by a global non-profit dedicated to putting individuals in control online. We’ve always designed Firefox to protect and respect your private information. That’s why we’re proud to be voted the Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy.
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. Deploy and manage Chrome for your organization.
The Opera browser is a fast, simple and safe way to get around on the web. Download it for free at the official Opera Software site.
Brave is a free and open-source web browser developed by Brave Software, Inc. based on the Chromium web browser. It blocks ads and website trackers, and provides a way for users to send cryptocurrency contributions in the form of Basic Attention Tokens to websites and content creators.
Search faster in the address bar. No need to go to a website to search for pictures of adorable penguins. Stay put and save time by entering your search in the handy address bar. You’ll get search suggestions, results from the web, your browsing history, and favorites right on the spot. Microsoft Edge is the only browser that lets you take notes, write, doodle, and highlight directly on webpages. Add a few secret ingredients to a recipe right on the screen to share with your fellow amateur chefs, collaborate on a new project with your coworkers, or have fun with your kids—the web is your palette.
Vivaldi browser is a fast, private and secure browser that blocks ads and trackers. It puts you in control with unique features.
Safari is faster and more energy efficient than other browsers. Innovative features make your experience on the web better than ever.
Awarded "Best Browser" in three consecutive years. Fast, secure and ad-free. Dual Rendering Engines, displaying pages in no time. Smart switch between Webkit & Trident, balance both read speed and multi-element page content
Waterfox is a high performance browser based on the Mozilla platform. Made specifically for 64-Bit systems, Waterfox has one thing in mind: speed.
The quick, convenient, and secure browser from Yandex. SmartBox will search for anything you need, while Tableau takes you straight to your favorite sites. Smart yet simple browser for all devices
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Pale Moon is an Open Source, Firefox-based web browser available for Microsoft Windows and Linux, focusing on efficiency and ease of use.
The Tor Browser lets you use Tor on Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux without needing to install any software. It can run off a USB flash drive, comes with a pre-configured web browser to protect your anonymity, and is self-contained.
Latest news about Web Browsers for Business
2021. Vivaldi 4.0 launches with built-in email and calendar clients, RSS reader
Vivaldi has always been one of the more interesting of the Chromium-based browsers, in no small part thanks to its emphasis on building tools for power users in a privacy-centric package. Today, the Vivaldi team is launching version 4.0 of its browser and with that, it’s introducing a slew of new features that, among many other things, include the beta of new built-in mail, calendar and RSS clients, as well as the launch of Vivaldi Translate, a privacy-friendly translation service hosted on the company’s own servers and powered by Lingvanex.
2021. Sidekick Browser wants to be a productivity-honed ‘work OS’ on Chromium
Working across multiple browser tabs and windows can feel like the friction-filled, frustrating worst. This is the problem Sidekick Browser is taking aim at by adding a productivity-focused layer atop Chromium that it bills as a “work OS”. Multiple tab hell? Sidekick’s answer is to let you work from inside apps that live in the browser, rather than scattered across multiple windows and tabs. Apps like Slack and Skype and WhatsApp can be pinned in the sidebar in a vertical stack where you can easily find and switch between them. It also has support for multiple logins, granular notification controls and the ability to search across all these third-party apps right from the browser.
2021. Microsoft Edge now starts up faster and gets vertical tabs
Long-awaited vertical tabs in Microsoft Edge are now generally available. In addition, the new Edge will start significantly faster (up to 41% faster according to Microsoft’s preliminary tests, to be precise). Since Microsoft can’t speed up your hard drive or significantly shrink Edge, though, the way the team achieves this is by loading the browser in the background when you sign in and then it’ll continue running when you close all browser windows. If that’s not to your liking, you can always turn this feature off.
2021. Beam raises $9.5M to build a web browser that collects ideas
Beam, that develops a browser that completely rethinks the way you start a web session and browse the web, has raised a $9.5 million Series A. Beam is a web browser focused on knowledge. Many people spend a ton of time mindlessly browsing the web. When you close the last tab, you realize that you didn’t learn much and you don’t have any notes.With Beam, every time you search for something, it creates a new session. Each session is represented by a note card. When you’re done browsing, the note card summarizes your findings. Your search query is the title of the card, and the most important sites appear near the top of the note. Irrelevant content is listed at the end of the note. You can then add text, remove links, reorganize stuff and create a full-fledged note. Basically, you end up creating comprehensive notes without even realizing it.
2020. Microsoft’s Edge browser is coming to Linux
When Microsoft announced that it would switch its Edge browser to the Chromium engine, it vowed to bring it to every popular platform. At the time, Linux wasn’t part of that list, but by late last year, it became clear that Microsoft was indeed working on a Linux version. From now Linux users will be able to either download the browser from the Edge Insider website or through their native package managers. Linux users will get the same Edge experience as users on Windows and macOS, as well as access to its built-in privacy and security features.
2020. Google Chrome update brings better tab management, QR codes, plus performance improvements
Google is making Chrome’s tabs and its newer tab groups easier and quicker to use. Under-the-hood, it promises improvements that will deliver up to 10% faster page loads and those that will reduce the impact of having idle background tabs. Chrome will now users to collapse and expand their tab groups, so you can focus on the ones you need to access right now. The new QR code feature will make its way to Chrome on the desktop, and will be accessible from a new QR code icon in the Chrome address bar. Google will also begin to roll out what will likely be a very popular new feature in this latest release — the ability to fill out and save PDF forms directly from Chrome.
2020. Microsoft Edge gets a Pinterest integration, sidebar search and automatic profile switching
Microsoft Edge browser is getting a bunch of new features. The first is an integration with Pinterest and Edge’s collections feature. In addition to the Pinterest integration, collections is also getting the ability to send items to Microsoft’s OneNote note-taking tool, which is in addition to its existing Word and Excel integrations. Also new in Edge is Sidebar Search. This, as the name implies, will allow you to do your searches in the sidebar without having to open a new tab in your main browser window. That sidebar will also be persistent as you move between tabs, making this a nifty idea and something that others will surely emulate over time. For those of us who often mix business and personal accounts on the same machine and in the same browser, Edge is now introducing automatic profile switching.
2020. Google Chrome now allows to organize tabs to groups
Google Chrome is rolling out a new feature to help you better manage all your open tabs. Tab groups will allow you to organize, label and even color-code your tabs for easy access. To use the new feature, you can right-click on a tab and choose “Add tab to group.” You can then select an existing group to move the tab to or create a new one, which you’ll also name and label. Another new feature allows Chrome browser to bloack ads that drain your device’s battery life or needlessly consume your internet’s bandwidth.
2019. Opera became more secure with built-in tracking protection
The new version of browser Opera added tracker blocker that will make it harder for advertisers and others to track you while you browse the web — and which has the additional benefit of speeding up your browsing session. Indeed, Opera argues that turning on both the tracking protection and the built-in ad blocker can speed up page loads by up to 23 percent. The new tracking protection feature is off by default (as is the existing ad blocker). The tracking feature uses the EasyPrivacy Tracking Protection List, which has been around for quite a few years now.
2019. Firefox gets enhanced tracking protection, desktop password manager
Firefox team is launching one of its broadest sets of releases that aim to keep advertisers and others from following you across the web, while also making it harder for Facebook to track you. In its standard setting, which is the default, Enhanced Tracking Protection will block all third-party tracking cookies, based on the Disconnect list. You can also opt for a strict setting, which may break some sites, or opt for your own custom settings, too. Mozilla is also expanding its Lockbox password manager to the desktop. Until now, Lockbox only existed as a set of mobile apps, but Mozilla launched a Firefox desktop extension, too. It’s also changing the name to Lockwise. It’s a pretty straightforward password manager experience, though, at least for the time being, notably not as fully featured as Dashlane, 1Password, LastPass or similar options.
2019. Opera Touch brought website cookie blocking to iOS
Opera Touch for iOS is getting a notable new feature - cookie blocking. It can block those annoying dialogs that ask you to accept the website’s cookies. These are particularly problematic on mobile, where they often entirely interrupt your ability to view the content, as opposed to on many desktop websites where you can (kind of) ignore the pop-up banner that appears at the bottom or the top of the page. Cookie dialogs have become prevalent across the web as a result of Europe’s GDPR, but many people find them overly intrusive. Today, it takes an extra click to dismiss these prompts, which slows down web browsing — especially for those times you’re on the hunt for a particular piece of information and are visiting several websites in rapid succession.
2019. Opera for Android added built-in VPN
In 2016 Opera launched a free VPN app for Android (followed by an iOS launch) but the app was discontinued last year. Now Opera will offer the free VPN service again, as part of its Opera browser for Android. The feature is currently undergoing testing and is slowly rolling out to Opera beta users. Once you turn the option on, you can choose your virtual location — the choices aren't as good as you'd get from a commercial VPN service, but you do get to choose whether you want to be virtually located in Europe, America or Asia. Opera claims it's not keeping any usage logs. Opera already offers a free, unlimited VPN as part of its desktop web browser. Just like that version, the mobile browser also offers you to bypass VPN when accessing search engines.
2018. Firefox will now alert you when one of your accounts was hacked
Earlier this year, Mozilla announced Firefox Monitor, a service that tells you if your online accounts were hacked in a recent data breach. All you have to give it is your email address and it’ll use the Have I Been Pwned database to show you if you need to worry and what data was compromised. Today, Mozilla is taking this a step further by also letting you sign up for alerts for when your accounts appear in any (known) breaches in the future. Mozilla notes that Firefox Monitor is just one of a number of new data and privacy features the organization has on its roadmap for the next few months. It’s clear that Mozilla is positioning itself as a neutral force and overall, that seems to be going quite well, especially given that Google’s Chrome browser is facing a bit of a backlash these days as users are increasingly concerned about their privacy and the vast trove of data Google collects.
2018. Firefox ends support of Windows XP, Vista
Mozilla shut down Firefox's support for Windows XP and Windows Vista, ending browser security updates for the outdated operating systems. Support for the two past-expiration-date OSes - Microsoft dropped Windows XP in April 2014, Vista in April 2017 - ended with Firefox ESR 52.9, which was released June 26. That version was supplanted by Firefox ESR 60.2 on Sept. 4. Firefox ESR, for "Extended Support Release," is a version Mozilla issues to customers - primarily business users - who value stability over sexy new features. Unlike the standard Firefox, each ESR version receives only security updates during its tenure. About once a year, Mozilla replaces the existing ESR with the then-current Firefox, then maintains both the old and new ESR versions during a 12-week overlap period. Firefox ESR 52's overlap with ESR 60 began May 7, when the latter launched, and ended Sept. 4, when that date's security patches were not provided for the former. The only Top 5 browser still supporting Windows XP is Opera.
2018. Tor Browser comes to Android
Anonymous browser Tor is now officially available for Android. But to run the app users will need to also download the Tor Project proxy app, Orbot. Tor Project’s anonymous browser uses a system of decentralized relays that bounce a user’s data to anonymize internet activity. This makes it almost impossible for ads, location trackers and even government surveillance to follow your tracks across the web. Following this release, Orfox, the longstanding Tor Project-approved browsing app for Android, said it will be sunset by 2019.
2018. Google Chrome gets a fresh look, better omnibox, and more
Google Chrome is rolling out a revamped design and a slew of new features, including a more powerful omnibox. Now it has more rounded corners and a new color palette. The shape of the tabs makes site favicons easier to see so you can navigate them better. And on iOS, where Chrome has been sorely neglected for a long while, the toolbar finally goes to the right place — the bottom of the screen, closer to where your thumbs are. There are new customization features, too. For the "new tab" screen, you can easily change the background image as well as the site suggestions. Autocomplete gets a overdue upgrade: you'll see favicons of sites in the drop-down, and Chrome will now show answers to some queries right in the autocomplete list, even before you hit Return.
2018. Microsoft Edge gets password-less authenticator
Microsoft Edge users no longer need passwords to log onto their favorite websites. All they need is Microsoft's new web authenticator to get in, which relies on fingerprints, facial recognition, and special PINs. This new feature accessible via Windows Hello is akin to Google's and Firefox's authenticators, which launched months ago. So while it's revolutionary for Microsoft, the tech company is pretty far behind. No wonder Edge only holds 4.19 percent of the market share as of publishing time. The purely virtual nature of Web Authenticator means if someone gets ahold of your device, the interloper has no way of getting in, since there is no longer a system on the device to hack. Its entire security process is essentially outsourced to Microsoft as a third party.
2018. Microsoft improves anti-phishing skills of Edge competitor - Google Chrome
Microsoft has ceded a major asset of its Edge browser to rival Google by releasing an add-on that boosts Chrome's phishing detection skills. Dubbed "Windows Defender Browser Protection" (WDBP) the free extension can be added to Chrome on Windows or macOS, and after a post-launch fix, Chrome OS as well. Like the defenses built into Edge, the add-on relies on Microsoft's SmartScreen technology that warns users of potentially malicious websites that may try to download malware to the machine or of sites linked in email messages that lead to known phishing URLs.
2017. Microsoft Edge comes to Android and iPhone
Microsoft announced the general availability of its Edge Browser (the followup to Internet Explorer) for iOS and Android. The mobile version offers many of its familiar desktop/tablet features, including Favorites, Reading Lists and New Tab Pages. The company’s also added some new tools. Roaming Passwords are now on-board, giving users the ability to sync passwords cross platform on mobile and desktop. There’s also dark theme. That’s basically what it sounds like, offering a black desktop instead of the default white/gray one, which should be easier on some eyes. The addition of Edge is an important piece of Microsoft’s new mobile strategy. At the very least additions like Edge and Cortana to iOS and Android will make it easier for Windows 10 users to have their existing smartphones play nice with their PCs.
2017. Firefox released new ultra-fast web browser to take on Google Chrome
Mozilla's latest browser Firefox Quantum is really, really fast. In a test conducted with the open-source project WebPageTest, Firefox Quantum loaded a number of top websites before Chrome did, including Yelp, Shutterstock, Ask.com and even Google Search itself. (Chrome was still, of course, faster to load most Google and Youtube pages). The browser also uses around 30% less memory than its competitors Chrome, Edge, and Safari on Windows operating systems, and only uses a tiny bit more than Chrome on macOS. This means you can run 30% more tabs without your browser crashing or slowing to a crawl. But where the company hopes its browser will stand out the most is in the interface. The company extensively researched the way users navigate browsers, and Firefox Quantum has a number of small, but significant features to accommodate those patterns.
2017. Google launched Chrome Enterprise Bundle
Google is making it easier for IT admins to deploy and manage its Chrome browser in their businesses. The new Chrome Enterprise Bundle gives admins a single installer for the Chrome browser, the Chrome Legacy Browser Support extension for running the occasional ActiveX widget and a number of administrative policy templates. Google’s browser now also offers official support for Citrix’s XenApp virtualization platform and Windows Server with Terminal services. With this update, it’ll become easier for IT admins to deploy Chrome in their organizations.
2017. Opera unveiled browser of the future
Opera, the Norwegian browser maker acquired last year by a Chinese investment consortium, has introduced a new experimental browser called Opera Neon. Neon’s changes are largely cosmetic - under the hood it uses the same Blink rendering engine forked from WebKit and currently used by Google Chrome, Opera, and Amazon Silk - but it is visually appealing. It launches into a start page that copies your desktop wallpaper, giving you a window that looks like your desktop. Meanwhile, on the left hand side is a set of tools including a video pop-out that lets you play videos whilst you browse other pages, and a snap-to gallery that can crop any part of a web page and save it to the gallery for later. However, of all the new capabilities added to Neon perhaps the most obviously useful is side by side browsing of two pages.
2016. Mozilla launches Firefox Focus - private web browser for iPhone
Mozilla introduced a new mobile web browser for iOS - Firefox Focus, that puts private browsing at the forefront of the user experience. The mobile browser by default blocks ad trackers, and erases your browsing history, including your passwords and cookies. The end result is a simplified browser that may load web pages more quickly, the company claims, given that ads and other web trackers can bog down pages and impact performance.
2016. Microsoft makes its Edge browser the safest in the world
Microsoft is making its Edge browser more secure in enterprise environments thanks to Windows Defender Application Guard insulates Windows 10 from untrusted browser sessions by running it in a container that is bound directly to the hardware. Microsoft argues that containers within other browsers still leave enterprises vulnerable to 90 percent of the most prevalent attacks because those services don’t use hardware-based protection. The new technology will only become available to enterprises in early 2017.
2016. Opera browser with a built-in VPN became available to all
Opera has become the first browser maker to ship a mainstream desktop internet browser that includes an unlimited VPN service baked-in. Opera 40 is bringing the privacy and security benefits of a VPN to all of the users of its desktop browser. The VPN inside Opera for desktop is notable for being unlimited - that’s to say that it is free but not restricted on time, such as services like TunnelBear - but there’s one catch: it only allows five different locations, unlike standalone browsers which offer locations in most countries worldwide. Another notable addition to Opera 40 is support for Google’s Chromecast streaming dongle, which might have deterred some Chrome fans from making the switch to Opera.
2016. Opera adds built-in free VPN service
Opera browser is launching a free built-in VPN service in the early release developer version of its browser. The built-in VPN will protect your unencrypted browser session for being exposed on public WiFi networks and will also let you bypass the occasional firewall. It will also assign you a virtual IP address, so it’ll be harder to track your location. For now, you can choose between three virtual locations (USA, Canada and Germany), but the company says more will be available once this feature makes it to the stable release channel later this year.
2015. Firefox for iOS is now available
Mozilla has launched the first version of Firefox browser for iOS globally. It boasts intelligent search, an elaborate private browsing mode (which requires iOS 9), easy access to favorites and intuitive, visual tabs. Of course, its history, tabs and passwords will sync with your desktop Firefox — just like they do on Chrome and Safari. Firefox for iOS works on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and requires iOS 8.2 or later. For Firefox, reaching iOS has been a long and winding road. The company (somewhat inexplicably) shunned Apple's platform, relying instead on Firefox Home — a mobile app that let you access your Firefox bookmarks, tabs and history — but giving up on it in 2012.
2015. Google to stop supporting Chrome for Windows XP and Vista
Google announced the end of Chrome support for Windows XP. Starting April 2016, users who still use Chrome on XP will no longer get updates and security fixes. Ending XP support is not a massive surprise, but as Google also announced today, Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8. will also no longer be supported “since these platforms are no longer actively supported by Microsoft and Apple.” Google, Microsoft and others have long continued to support their software on some of these old platforms long beyond their useful life because they often became vectors for viruses and malware — and with unpatched versions of Chrome or Internet Explorer running on them, they would have become even more dangerous.
2015. Opera browser gets password sync, VPN-protection
Earlier this year, Opera bought SurfEasy, a virtual private networking (VPN) service that helps users maintain their privacy and surf safely. And now this technology is integrated in Opera for Windows, Mac and Linux. For now, this integration is pretty light, though. When you open a private tab in Opera 32, the browser will pop up a link to download SurfEasy. That’s it for the time being, but chances are the company is working on a tighter integration between its tools and SurfEasy. Besides its browsers, Opera Max, its compression-centric proxy service for Android, seems like a natural fit for a SurfEasy integration. Also new in this version are improved syncing options. Most importantly, this means you can now also sync your password in addition to your bookmarks, tabs and other browser data. Other new features include the option to see your bookmarks in a tree view to make it easier for users with lots of bookmarks to organize them.
2015. Microsoft’s new browser will be called Edge
So the Internet Explorer's replacement in Windows 10 will be called Microsoft Edge. It will be the minimalistic "chrome-free" web browser "built for doing" - with "built-in note taking and sharing" a slide stated. Edge will also support extensions that are designed for Firefox and Chrome with just a few modifications and have its voice assistant Cortana directly integrated. While Cortana will be baked into Windows 10 at a system-wide level, it will work a little differently in Microsoft Edge. For starters, Cortana in Microsoft Edge doesn't talk to you at all. When you type certain keywords into the address bar or select topics on a website, it'll spring into action, serving up relevant information such as the weather, maps and other nuggets in a window pane. Microsoft Edge will ship with Windows 10 when it launches later this year.