Firefox is the bridesmaid. I don't think anyone really likes it that much, but there's little to dislike about it too. It's a nice second browser. Compared to Opera, it's ugly and difficult, but less so than Chrome or IE. It's fine for that. It's solid, works with almost all sites, and its nice to have as a backup in case a site doesn't work with your first choice.
They should buy OS/2, instead of build their own. Unix based operating systems have never been popular, despite constantly coming out with new one after new one. They have an ugliness that even a pretty shell can't always hide, although they try harder and harder to hide it. Buy OS/2, it's 1992 interface is still way ahead of Windows, and within a year, they should have the underlying software updated enough where it could handle modern hardware more efficiently than the bloated, poorly written Windows and Mac software. Use that as a platform, instead of yet another variety of Unix that no one wants.
This may sound -- too simple -- but couldn't the explanation be that Google has a far wider exposure, given that its search engine site (which promotes Chrome) is the single most-accessed search page in the world? It's the perfect mass-market cross promotion.
i think the main reason is because google have huge resources to force users to install it;chrome is an adware an data miner ,they have lots of advertising companies and websites ready to push chrome on your computer,firefox sleeps with the devil by funds from google,so they are taking their inversions back.
You can't CHANGE or DIRECT where you want Chrome Installed.
And of course you're going to get more "users" when it's "included" as a default install with a crap-load of OTHER PROGRAMS - and it's not even LISTED unless you do a "Custom" install, which most users won't every do, so it get installed by default and get SET as the default browser.
Whether I run it on an unpowered WinXP netbook, a Win7 workstation, or a 64-bit Linux server, Firefox allows me to run the same set of extensions, with hardware acceleration, and sync'ing all my bookmarks and passwords without fearing having them stolen (the encryption key is completely private and only hosted locally, Mozilla only store the encrypted data) - and I can open the same websites whatever the OS I run on. It also updates itself easily while leaving me the choice to do so.
Moreover, ever since version 2, I've configured the UI so that the address bar and main buttons are right aside the menu - major space savings that Firefox is the only one to allow without sacrificing the number of open tabs (I also hide the tab area when only one is open).
It's also completely gone when closed.
Can't do that with IE.
Hardly can do that with Chrome, as it self updates without warning, runs a background process (on Windows) or works no better than Firefox (on Linux) and its extensions are less portable.
Now, if only I could run Firefox on my (2nd hand) iPhone... I'll make do with Opera mini.
I like and i use FF project Aurora. I like to customize my browser how i want. Crash ? What is that ? I use FF for many years and didn't had not one crash.To much memory used ? Be serios.I like because my browser do what i want to do, and not what is programed to do, like Chrome running in background.
Somebody wright about safety. What is safe in this days ?
Quite funny how google adds their Chrome into things like uTorrent and so on. They put cash in so their browser would be more downloaded. Exploiting noobs and so on. Even ads you used to get in youtube said something like install google chrome. So people fall for their tricks, thats why I believe google has done better with their browser.
Another funny one was when google would only allow you to search through voice control or through uploading image if you had chrome. Purely to convince people to get google.
In general I am dissapointed in them, in last 3 years the have become an evil company. Lets take a look at google maps, while they were collecting wifi information. Guess who ordered the employees to do it? I bet it came from the top, but they just got a big stack of money for keeping their mouths shut. They probably prepared for it before so the plan they had worked.
Android is another one. They just a big powerhouse. They bought it and then went from there also i dont blame them for doing it because all big companies do it (EA ate PopCap). Its only success because the world is full of different people and they probably like Android because its cheaper. But if full of flaws eg viruses. Their app market is crap, I had it and got 4S. Much better because there are so many games.
Not that chrome is bad browser but they have aggressive marketing.I was happy with my browser and when installed flash chrome appeared on my desktop.I haven't seen app with firefox.Also many sites advertised chrome.Its only marketing not browser fault.
I use Firefox, Opera, and Chrome. Firefox will always be my favorite but I seriously hate the slow initial start-up. On a test I did recently it took Firefox 18 seconds to open up after a Windows reboot, whilst Chrome only took 4 and Opera 9. However, after the initial start-up Firefox was the smoothest, best laid out and of course had the better addons. Really hope they fix that irritating bottleneck.
here's my 2 reasons:
Reason 1: Security advantages of Opera
Reason 2: Firefox more and more becomes like an MS Vista! Too bloated!
3 reasons to stick with FF instead of Opera:
1 - Compatibility, Opera still has many compatibility issues with some websites
2 - Comfort. I find I can work better with FF than Opera. Opera is not optimized for frequent browsers. FF is.
3 Add ons. In FF they mostly work. In Opera there's only limited Add on support.
I don't trust google, ie is not that fast, and firefox has lots of addons and reasonable speed. Besides, google is in the advertising business, and I don't trust them. I wish they would fix the addon compatibility issues though. I downloaded the addon compatibility reporter and haven't encountered any issues (well, just one with some addon I hardly cared about and simply left behind); currently running version 8.0.1.
I also don't like google's advertising strategy - shoving ads everywhere just annoys people. It's like a trojan, trying to get installed with other things when you aren't looking. No thanks. Firefox FTW.
[citation][nom]elbert[/nom]I'll add a sixth which is a packaged installer in one of the leading free anti-virus programs. Avast has a huge market share and with every install their is a high number of those installing chrome. Many don't unclick the optional install thus many systems have 2 or more browsers.[/citation]
Yep, that strategy is like malware! However, uhh, note that many people have multiple browsers because they like, say, firefox, but IE is included in the os. Heck, in an XP vm I have IE8, FF3.6, Opera, Chrome, Netscape (seriously, just for fooling around), and Safari. OK, I just about never use all of those, but it's nice to have them around just in case.
My hunch is Android plays a big part with the decline in FF usage and adoption of Chrome I'm surprised Google hasn't been sued over Android not providing a alternate option by default for it's browser choice in the same way Microsoft was for IE.