Asking which browser is best is a little like asking which bear is better? It depends.
There are few ‘sure things’ anymore, and working on the internet requires lots of patience, flexibility, and the ability to adapt to one’s environment. Using one browser for every task may no longer be an option. Gone are the days of Netscape, where one single browser did it all.
In education, we interface with a range of vendors, providers, and software companies – Renaissance Learning, PEARSON, Lighting Grader, Infinite Campus, and Google Apps to name a few. Each one has certain needs. Each one requires a certain set of code to work best. And each vendor only has capacity to program for compatibility for so many browsers, latest versions, etc.
We wouldn’t ask anyone to use only one kind of laundry detergent, or one kind of salad dressing – everyone’s needs and preferences are different. And with browsers, it’s a little like salad dressing. Many people have their favorites, and would rather chew broken glass than use another browser.
But truth is, being open to change and adversity while browsing and working on the net is key to success. Just like we ask our students to adapt to new and challenging environments every day, we need to remain resilient in picking the tools that work for us. One size doesn’t fit all. What works for you may not work for me. And that’s okay!
So, if you’re challenged by a browser, and it won’t do what you ask of it, don’t be afraid to change. Chrome won’t print? Try Firefox. Internet Explorer won’t display your Google document? Switch to Chrome. But whatever you do, don’t give up. Never quit. Just try a different flavor.
And maybe, just maybe, you’ll find a new favorite browser! Or a new way of doing something familiar. Or maybe you’ll find that you no longer need to do what you’re used to because the rules have changed altogether!
Ready to try another browser? Here’s more about today’s top browsers, and links to download.