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This experimental web browser wants to change how you use the Internet |  Technique

This experimental web browser wants to change how you use the Internet | Technique

reconsideringA group of Facebook alumni want to change the way we visit the internet. Their new Arc web browser promises to put an end to the endless number of little tabs living at the top of your computer screen.

The New York-based Browser Company has been in business for three years, but is about to launch its first app. The company was founded by tech expert Josh Miller, who founded the affiliate link-sharing site in 2011, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014.

The company has built a web browser that looks very different from what you’re used to from Chrome and Edge, for example. “We love the internet, but it can be confusing at times,” the browser builder website reads. So we want to build a better way to use the Internet.

Tabs on the left

With the new Arc, you won’t find a large URL bar at the top of the screen with all your open tabs above it. Instead, all your tabs are grouped into a menu bar on the left, where you can sort them into all kinds of folders.

This is smarter than older web browsers for a number of reasons. First, the new design fits better with modern computer monitors. Old web browsers were designed for 4×3 screens, with any space on either side. But now we all work on widescreen (16 x 9), where there is enough space on the left side of the site. And since the URL bar and tabs are no longer at the top, there is more room to display the website properly.

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The tabs in Arc are on the left. If you put them above the line, they will always be pinned in the browser. © Browser Company

Less likely to get lost in your tabs

It also ensures that you retain a better overview. The tabs at the top of the web browser become a messy overview the more you open them, with buttons too small to show the address. The left menu bar always clearly shows what is open.

Also useful: Arc Browser automatically closes unused tabs after six hours – although you can increase this time limit. If you want to always keep the page open, you can drag it to the list of installed websites. Additionally, you canspacesCreate groups with tabs you have previously installed. This way you can quickly switch between the websites you need for work and the pages you prefer to visit outside of business hours.

On some tabs, you can hover your mouse over them to see a small preview.  This way you can see if there is an email without immediately switching to the Mail tab.

On some tabs, you can hover your mouse over them to see a small preview. This way you can see if there is an email without immediately switching to the Mail tab. © Browser Company

Sagittarius works with everything

Arc Browser is built on top of Chromium, the engine behind Google’s Chrome web browser and also Microsoft Edge. This is good news, since Chrome is the market leader, most websites are optimized for this. So sites that work well in Chrome also render well in Arc.

In addition, Arc also supports plugins designed for Chrome.

Sagittarius is full of perks

You can also create notes in the browser app. These will then be available in your web browser as a separate tab. The application also supports the so-called “pregnant, a kind of collage that you can fill with Internet finds. You can open two tabs side by side and set the default colors for the website. Additionally, the app has a built-in ad blocker, although the app makers encourage you to disable it on websites you wish to support.



Our favorite is the video player. Play a video on websites like YouTube, and the image in the corner will disappear once you switch to another tab. So you can keep watching while reading a completely different site at the same time.

Not everything Arc does is unique. Microsoft Edge also lets you move tabs to the left, and Apple is working on a similar update to Safari later this year. Arc knows how to make it easy to keep a cohesive overview. After a week of using Arc, we never had unnecessary tabs and were able to find everything more easily.

You can open two tabs side by side.  So they are together in your tab bar.

You can open two tabs side by side. So they are together in your tab bar. © Browser Company

Not for everyone yet

This makes Arc Browser an absolute must – although not everyone can get started with a web browser just yet. At the moment, Arc is only available to download for macOS, and only after you sign up for a waitlist. Once a place is available for you, they will send you a link to your desired download.

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