Arc Browser, based on Chromium, is now available for Windows

Arc Browser, based on Chromium, is now available for Windows
Arc Browser, based on Chromium, is now available for Windows

Windows users who want more flexibility from their browser while also having the ability to use extensions from the Chrome Web Store can finally try Arc. This is not a beta or testing version, but a mature product that will receive regular improvements, like its macOS and iOS siblings. Obviously, this new web browser for Windows is a free product.

While this is not a problem for some, it should be noted that new Arc users must create an account, and this first step is not optional. Unsurprisingly, this step is necessary to use the sync feature. Unfortunately, those who do not intend to use these features must still create an account, which is often seen as a privacy risk. Aside from the ability to use Chrome extensions, the fact that Arc is based on Chromium also means that whenever a vulnerability is discovered in the latter, that issue will also be present in Arc.

Those concerned about privacy and security should also be aware that Arc may contact users via email and that product usage data is collected automatically. More details can be found at this page.

Although the interface must be discovered and customized by each user to fully enjoy it, it is also worth mentioning that uBlock Origin comes preloaded. Fortunately, it can be removed by those who plan to use other ad blockers (or none at all).

Although support for Windows 10 is expected in the coming months, Arc Browser for Windows is currently only available on Windows 11. About Windows 11, some of its users might find the Windows book 11 for Dummies by Andy Rathbone very useful. Available on Kindle, as well as in paperback and spiral format, this book is in its 5th edition and is rated 4.4/5 stars after 1,376 user votes.

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