Microsoft Edge becomes the second most popular desktop web browser >> Engadget

Microsoft’s gamble on a Chromium-based Edge browser appears to have paid off, at least in the short term. Bleeping Computer noted that Edge is now the second most popular desktop web browser based on usage, with NetMarketShare giving the software nearly 7.6 percent of the market in March, eclipsing a declining Mozilla Firefox with almost 7.2 percent. Edge is still far behind Chrome’s 68.5 percent, but that’s no mean feat for a browser that wasn’t even three months old.

Source: Microsoft Edge becomes the second most popular desktop web browser | Engadget

Vivaldi >> The Portable Freeware Collection

Here is a great way to try the Vivaldi (Chromium) web browser. I am closely monitoring the development of this browser.

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Vivaldi is a customizable, tabbed web browser based on the same engine as Google Chrome. Its appearance and capabilities can be extended with themes and extensions. It features a bookmark manager, speed dial, notes, custom search engines, sessions, tab stacks, web panels, mouse gestures, keyboard shortcuts, user interface scaling, adaptive interface color and much more.

Cross-platform with clients available for Mac and Linux.

Source: Vivaldi – The Portable Freeware Collection

Get Microsoft Edge for Android

I recently posted, “How To Get The NEW Microsoft Edge NOW…” for your computer; but, did you know you can also get the “NEW Microsoft Edge for Android“?  Well, you can; and, based on the customer review ratings to this point, it is going to be a winner.

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ntroducing the new Microsoft Edge . It’s time to expect more. More privacy. More control. More productivity. More value. Browse anywhere with one continuous experience from your phone to your computer and other signed-in devices. Microsoft Edge gives you the tools to protect your privacy online with features like tracking prevention, AdBlock Plus, and InPrivate mode. Organize the web in a way that cuts through the clutter, making it easier to find, view, and manage your content on-the-go. With world class compatibility, performance, and new features, the new Microsoft Edge is the only browser you’ll ever need.

Source: Microsoft Edge – Apps on Google Play

Vivaldi — The browser that puts you in control

Thanks to the advice of Soulja of Hope (a former tech blogger) I have walked away from Google Chrome and now a user of the Vivaldi Browser. This Chromium based browser is young, fast, secure and and loaded with common sense customization features. I highly recommend it. Today, Vivaldi released version 2.11…

Your browser matters. Vivaldi is a new browser with unrivaled customization and control. Fast, secure and flexible – this is a browser made for you.

Source: Vivaldi — The browser that puts you in control

“Brave” Web Browser Review @ Help Desk Geek… You may want to keep an eye on this web browser…

Here at What’s On My PC I am familiar (in name) with this browser (called Brave), built on the Chromium platform, that features some pretty aggressive privacy protections and reportedly is super-fast. One question I had, is “Will my Chrome Browser extensions work with Brave since it is built on the Chromium platform?”. Answer, according to this article, is “yes”. Will have to take a good look at “Brave” to see where it stands in the comparison to Google Chrome, Vivaldi, and the new Microsoft Edge.

To read more about “Brave”, I encourage you to read the review at the Help Desk Geek (source link reflected below).

Brave has positioned itself as the faster loading browser with better privacy protection than the bulk of its competitors. A core feature of Brave is that it blocks ads by default. Something that originally created quite a stir as many viewed this as a serious threat to content creators. However, this is not entirely the case.

Continue Reading @ Help Desk Geek

Learn What’s New With Microsoft Edge – Straight from the cutting edge…

Recently, I posted an article, “Did you know there is a NEW Microsoft Edge?“. Since the posting of that article, I have downloaded Edge, installed my favorite extensions from the Google Chrome Store (and the Microsoft Store) and have been putting Edge through its’ paces. So far, I am liking what Microsoft has done here. If you are like me and have found Microsoft Edge a possible contender in the browser market, you can follow along with Microsoft in the development of Edge at “Microsoft Edge Insider – What’s New (Straight from the cutting edge“.


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Did you know there is a NEW Microsoft Edge?

Eventually, you will see the NEW Microsoft Edge on your computer. For the people in the world of tech, this may be exciting news. For the people at home, changes like this cause anxiety (i.e. Now what???). Microsoft Edge is the web browser built into Windows 10. Most folks I work with at home have Google Chrome or Firefox installed due to the issues that were associated with Edge. Well, Microsoft has listened and there is now a NEW Microsoft Edge that is built off of, get this, the Chromium browser engine (or guts) which is the same distinct engine that Google Chrome is built off of. Keep in mind, Microsoft and Google are competitors in the world of tech, so this is interesting in that aspect. I am seeing, more and more, where the tech giants are sort of working together to help make our computer experiences more seamless.

I have played around with the NEW Microsoft Edge and I am impressed. I am impressed by the interface, the speed, the features, the security and most importantly (for me) that you can use the same browser extensions that you find in the Google Chrome Store. I also found in the settings that you will eventually be able to import your extensions from Google Chrome. You can, right now, import your bookmarks from other browsers easily.

If you don’t want to wait for the NEW Microsoft Edge to arrive on your computer, you can get it now by visiting the Microsoft Edge download site — CLICK HERE — . The download and install worked for me without a hitch. If you download and install Edge, you may be prompted to make Edge your default browser. You may want to skip over that until you have taken it for a spin. I think if you do, you will stand back and say, “Hey this is pretty good”…


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Today’s Software Downloads @ What’s On My PC

November 14, 2019


Today’s Software Downloads:

FREE for personal use synchronization and backup software (Synchredible); a Portable App (Wincompose) that allows the insertion of special characters such as é ž à Û ø ¤ « ¿ ® ™ using short and often very intuitive key combinations; AND, be one of the first people to test the brand new Chromium-powered (Edge) browser…

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What do browser cookies do?

The purpose of the computer cookie is to help the website keep track of your visits and activity. This isn’t always a bad thing. For example, many online retailers use cookies to keep track of the items in a user’s shopping cart as they explore the site. Without cookies, your shopping cart would reset to zero every time you clicked a new link on the site. That would make it difficult to buy anything online!

A website might also use cookies to keep a record of your most recent visit or to record your login information. Many people find this useful so that they can store passwords on frequently used sites, or simply so they know what they have visited or downloaded in the past.

Different types of cookies keep track of different activities. Session cookies are used only when a person is actively navigating a website; once you leave the site, the session cookie disappears. Tracking cookies may be used to create long-term records of multiple visits to the same site. Authentication cookies track whether a user is logged in, and if so, under what name.

Source: Norton by Symantec

Here are “Screenshots of Microsoft’s Chromium-Based Edge Browser Leaked Online”

Looks like Microsoft is doing a rebuild of their Microsoft Edge Browser using Chromium as it guts..

Microsoft announced during early December that they will be giving up on the current code base of their Microsoft Edge browser switching to Google’s open-source Chromium and that the nametag will remain unchanged even though the app will be a whole different beast inside and outside.

Screenshots of Microsoft’s Chromium-Based Edge Browser Leaked Online

Source: Screenshots of Microsoft’s Chromium-Based Edge Browser Leaked Online

Retrieve Your Login Details By Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge or Opera browser At Once

You have the option with most browsers, for the matter of convenience, to save your passwords. This option is typically used on a computer that you exclusively use, such as, your computer at home.

The problem with this is you are accustomed to the browser remembering the password for you; however when you change to another computer (or use another browser) you suddenly realize that you can’t remember the password.  This is where Sterjo Browser Passwords comes to the rescue.

SterJo Browser Passwords is an easy-to-use tool that recovers passwords for most popular web browsers like: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Vivaldi and Yandex. Recovered data includes the URL (website address), the forgotten username with password, and the browser used to store those details.

Available as a full install or as a portable app.

SterJo Browsers Password

Source: Sterjo Browser Password

Save Webpages To Google

Google recently came out with a Google Chrome Extension called Google Save that gives you another way to bookmark webpages and images (similar to Pocket). I have been playing around with Google Save for approximately a month now and I am already seeing some improvements.  After you install the extension you will see a star type icon. If you want to save a webpage for later viewing simply click the star.  You can also use tags to categorize and organize the pages you save. To get to your saved pages, simply go to google.com/save …

How to Zoom In and Zoom Out a Browser Window

This is actually a repost; however, it contains a couple of browser tips that you can’t post enough.  If you don’t use it, you will lose it!

Have you ever visited a web site where the text size is to small to read or you are finding that your eyesight (like mine) is going downhill, and reading certain elements varies from page to page?

Here is a “little known and little used” computer tip for you internet users… By holding down the “Ctrl” key and moving your “mouse scroll wheel” you can “zoom in and zoom out” on a web page.  You can also do the same thing, without using the mouse or “Ctrl” key, by hitting the “+” (plus) and “-” (minus) keys on the numeric keypad, located on the right side of your keyboard.  Give it a try! It will not permanently change any default settings. If you find that you need to return to the normal default (original) setting, simply hold down the “CTRL” key and hit “0” (the number zero). This works in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and probably all of the browsers.  Give it a try!

Mouse Wheel to Zoom In and Zoom Out

The “zoom in and zoom out” tip, using the “Ctrl and Mouse Wheel” will also work with other applications as well, with varying results (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, many graphic viewers/editors, pdf readers, etc…).  For example, in Microsoft Word, when working on a mult-page document, you can “zoom out” to the point that it will tile (show all) your pages on the screen.

Added Tip: Was helping someone today on a small computer screen complete a task online in their web browser and toggled to full screen. They were astonished and asked “How did you do that?”.  Simply hit “F11” on your keyboard to toggle back and forth from full and normal screen.


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