The latest version of Firefox was released yesterday and the BBC reports millions have downloaded or upgraded, although tellingly, its market share is going down.
As one of the early adopters of Mozilla’s browser, back when it was called Phoenix, I quickly jumped ship to Opera because it was plain to me the Mozilla browser was heavily overloaded and was a drain on my processor power. I stuck with Opera for many years until Google released their Chrome browser. I gave it a shot and, sorry to say, my loyalty to Opera went out the window. The Chrome browser is what the developers at Google use on a day to day basis. It’s designed to be lightweight and fast and that shines through when you use it.
Firefox increasingly seems like a relic of a bygone age, of an ‘open source’ alternative to Internet Explorer. But times have changed and it’s no longer stylish just to be open source for the sake of it. Google’s own browser can also claim that title.
I recently loaded up Firefox for some reason I can’t remember and it was like waiting for an operating system to load, it was that slow. As a user not interested in the under the hood mechanics of the different browsers, my feeling is the time has come and gone for the Firefox browser. It was basically based on an ‘anything but Internet Explorer’ ideology when it was launched, but the developers have stood still on the end user experience and I predict their share of the market will decline more and more.
What do you think? Am I wrong? Give me your honest opinion as an end user when you compare Firefox with the Chrome browser.