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Is It Time to DITCH Chrome?

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  • Hey guys and welcome to This is Now.
  • Google Chrome absolutely dominates the internet
  • today with over 70% market share on the PC
  • and a version of Chrome available on everything
  • from android to MAC to IOS it's not hard to see why.
  • Now, back in 2008 the internet was a very, very
  • different place.
  • It was ruled by Internet Explorer,
  • or more specifically, Internet Explorer 6.
  • In the early 2000s IE 6 had a ridiculous 95%
  • market share,
  • it's hard to even sort of fathom that today.
  • When the internet first came out,
  • a sentence which I don't think I've said ever before,
  • it was mainly reserved for researchers or agencies,
  • not so much for the general public.
  • Web pages were just text based and if you were lucky
  • you might have a picture which sounds like the internet
  • back in Matt's day.
  • However, the first web browser Mosaic looked way more like
  • something like Microsoft Word then any kind of browser
  • that you would recognize today.
  • When Netscape Navigator was released in 1995 it was the
  • first browser to include a proper graphical interface
  • that was much more accessible to the average person.
  • Now at the time IE didn't even exist yet,
  • in fact, Microsoft didn't think that internet access
  • was something people would want.
  • However, they were proven wrong as Netscape became
  • massively popular,
  • and that really forced Microsoft to introduce
  • Internet Explorer.
  • Ultimately, IE beat out Netscape for one simple reason,
  • people had to buy Netscape which cost somewhere between
  • 50 to $90 where as Internet Explorer was built into
  • Windows 95.
  • You would think it was insane today to ever purchase a
  • browser, back in the day Internet Explorer being
  • not only free,
  • but also included with your Windows 95 install,
  • was a huge, huge deal.
  • AOL bought Netscape which just is a very 90 sense,
  • but ultimately it was shutdown in 2008.
  • Although, fun fact, Netscape did become the better
  • opt for Mozilla Firefox,
  • a pretty well known browser today.
  • So things were great for Microsoft, right?
  • Why exactly did Internet Explorer fail
  • and where does Chrome come in in all of this?
  • Well, the problem with Internet Explorer 6 wasn't that
  • it was a terrible browser, after all, it did come out
  • all the way back in 2001 for everything from
  • Windows 98 to XP.
  • The issue was that Microsoft aggressively pushed everyone
  • out of the market and then proceed to, well,
  • not really do anything for about five years.
  • When we had virtually no competition in the market,
  • there is very little incentive to innovate or improve
  • a product.
  • Here's the thing, even if they wanted to Microsoft was
  • limited in to what they actually even prove on in the
  • first place.
  • Because they were the defacto industry standard practically
  • every piece of web based software had to be compatible
  • with Internet Explorer, specifically, 6.
  • Huge companies and organizations built there entire
  • IT infrastructure around Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6.
  • We're talking banks, hospitals, government agencies,
  • hundreds of thousands of PC's that all made to be
  • compatible with Internet Explorer 6.
  • In China and South Korea, for example,
  • a lot of banks built their entire online banking
  • architecture on the ActiveX framework,
  • something that is not natively active in Chrome,
  • and that's because, well, ActiveX was great in 1996,
  • it is super, super insecure now which is why a lot of
  • browser's have dropped support for it.
  • Instead of these banks and these companies spending
  • billions of dollars to rewrite the software
  • for the newer browsers, they decided to just build off
  • the original code.
  • Which means that they have limited support in a lot of
  • current browsers today.
  • All these problems piled up quickly.
  • Internet Explorer was slow, it didn't support newer
  • web standards which meant that lots of sights we're
  • coded only to really work on Internet Explorer,
  • and it was massively, massively insecure.
  • Enter Goggle Chrome.
  • Now, when it first came out it was a real revolution.
  • Sure, Mozilla's Firefox was sort of the first big step
  • forward, but it really was Chrome that made everyone
  • sit up and realize those times start investing in making
  • the internet a better place.
  • Fun fact, I remember testing Chrome two all the way back
  • in June of 2009.
  • Yeah, that's a video that's still online.
  • Hey guys what is up, it's Duncan
  • - [Matt] I remember hating Chrome.
  • You didn't like Chrome at the beginning?
  • - [Matt] No.
  • I used it pretty much as soon as it came out,
  • it was such a big jump forward.
  • I mean, think about it, right, there was tab browsing
  • which had kind of existed,
  • but it really was sort of the first time the tabs
  • were put on the top.
  • And there's other things like you didn't really have
  • to deal with all the separate windows,
  • especially, Internet Explorer had.
  • I mean, who wants to deal with different window
  • for every web tab you have open.
  • - [Matt] See, that's the thing.
  • Me!
  • Matt over here, he's so old that he still thinks
  • tab's were a bad idea.
  • Google also stepped up security in a big way
  • by building in a sandbox which kept each tab from accessing
  • anymore data then it needed.
  • And importantly, it made everything far, far more stable
  • because essentially back in the older days if a single tab
  • went down, your entire browser would be crashing.
  • However, with Chrome that tab might crash,
  • but the rest of the browser would still stay up.
  • I know all of this sounds so old school,
  • but this was legitimately so, so cool.
  • Chrome even has a built in ad blocker,
  • but I use the words ad blocker pretty lightly.
  • Now, yes, Chrome does block the most egregious
  • ads on the internet,
  • but after all Google does make about...
  • How much money does Google make?
  • June 2018 reported $38.9 billion in revenue,
  • so that's a lot of money.
  • They don't want to not make that much money.
  • - [Matt] I mean, that's how much 'This Is' makes.
  • As a Google product Chrome will really, really
  • want you to use Google services, and of course,
  • view those the sweet, sweet Google adds.
  • And to give them some credit,
  • they do a lot of proper ad blockers on the browser,
  • but by default what's the search engine?
  • Oh yeah, it's Google.
  • Chrome also sends the URLs of the site's you visit
  • to Google.
  • It ever so helpfully logs you into Google site's,
  • it allows you to pay for things easily with your
  • credit cards saved in Google Wallet,
  • I mean the list goes on and on.
  • Now, honestly this is all okay.
  • Not only can you turn off, basically, all these things,
  • but at the end of the day, it's a free browser,
  • and privacy is very much something that you might feel
  • okay making some trade-offs for.
  • The issue though is that there are other options out there
  • which are actually really, really good.
  • Today the dark ages of Internet Explorer are over,
  • and there are lots of solid options.
  • Opera has migrated to a Chrome base,
  • but still has lots of useful features.
  • Firefox has been majorly overhauled.
  • And Safari offers some of the best anti-tracking
  • protection period.
  • What's the most exciting to me, though?
  • I can't believe I'm about to say this,
  • is Microsoft Edge.
  • - [Matt] What?!
  • Yes, not in the Explorer even though everyone thinks
  • that the icons exactly the same, Edge.
  • And hear me out, seriously, the new version of Edge
  • is now based on Chromium which is, of course,
  • the open source version of Chrome.
  • So, it's a little bit more light weight then full Chrome,
  • and it does support way more systems then the current
  • version of Edge does.
  • Including going all they way back to Windows 7,
  • and you can even get now Chrome as well as Edge
  • for MAC and IOS, in fact, Chrome was already on those,
  • but now Edge is also on MAC which is interesting.
  • Because, fun fact, another fun fact, did you know that
  • Internet Explorer used to be the default web browser
  • on MAC OS.
  • - [Matt] Yes, I did know that.
  • Okay, well, it's not such a fun fact anymore.
  • With support for extensions, dark mode,
  • and the obviously integration with Microsoft
  • and Windows accounts and features, I mean, honestly
  • the biggest upside here is the lack of Google ickiness.
  • Over on the main channel, I did a video discussing
  • why Apple is actually right about privacy.
  • And you should definitely go check it out for the full
  • explanation,
  • but essentially it boils down to this.
  • Are you the customer or are you the products?
  • With companies like Apple and even Microsoft you're pretty
  • clearly the customer.
  • Microsoft makes the vast majority of their money selling
  • licenses for Windows and Office which gives them a better
  • incentive to protect your privacy.
  • Now while Google does a better job then say Facebook,
  • personally I feel better relying on Microsoft and Apple
  • for my data.
  • With incentives for keeping my privacy intact are
  • much, much clearer.
  • In fact, I actually recently switched over to the
  • beta of Edge which I really don't have any complaints about.
  • It works exactly as well as Chrome for everything
  • I need it for.
  • And the out coming inclusion of a privacy dashboard
  • to allow you to customize just how hardcore your
  • tracking protection is, for example, is really awesome.
  • Not to mention that all those companies that were
  • still relying on Internet Explorer 6 can now use Edge
  • because it will have a compatibility mode built in.
  • It literally be able to open up like Internet Explorer tab
  • inside of Edge which is great for South Korean banks
  • which I use many of.
  • Try to ask me about my South Korean banking habits, Matt.
  • - [Matt] I feel like the less I know,
  • the better in this scenario.
  • Good answer.
  • Look, I love Google and use their stuff all the time,
  • but it makes me uncomfortable that the world largely relies
  • on the same browser made for one of the worlds largest
  • add company's.
  • Sort of like that thing, what's the phrase like you live
  • long enough to see yourself become the villain or wait,
  • no actually, is that it?
  • Matt, villian expert, help me.
  • - [Matt] Why am I a villain expert?
  • Because you do lots of weird research on villians,
  • it's fine.
  • - [Matt] What?
  • Whether you want to consider Edge, Firefox or any number
  • of offshoots of Chrome is up to you.
  • But for me, I think it's actually time to escape Chrome,
  • or at least to try too.
  • Thank you so much for watching.
  • You can check out some of our other super rad awesome
  • videos here.
  • Why is it super rad awesome?
  • I don't even know why he made me say that.
  • And make sure to subscribe and ring that notification bell
  • because if you don't we'll make Matt switch
  • to Internet Explorer, 6 to be specific.
  • - [Matt] A least I'll be compatible.

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