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#1 sinetheo

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Posted 21 April 2015 - 23:08

What was once unbelievable and would cause a storm of anger just 5 years ago has happened. The once unbeatable Firefox which freed us from the stranglehold of IE 6 is about to the point of being irrelevant to webmasters.

 

Firefox is now at 10% where it is safe it ignore for many webmasters. What changed was IE finally being mediocre and of course the rise of Chrome and webkit browsers and applications through mobile platforms which has exploded growth in the past 5 years as well.

 

What is not helping is Firefox losing many users each release over the year starting with 4.0, constant updates which break addons, removal of features, and copying Chrome and adding social media and webcam functions, while Chrome kept adding more HTML 5 and CSS 3 features at the same time.

 

http://www.computerw...ies-status.html

 

 




#2 mastercoms

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Posted 21 April 2015 - 23:13

I already responded to you in the Firefox Next thread.

 

How has Firefox copied Chrome, though?



#3 Praetor

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Posted 21 April 2015 - 23:16

i love firefox because it consumes much less memory then Chrome, more safer and even more snappier to use.



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Posted 21 April 2015 - 23:25

I already responded to you in the Firefox Next thread.
 
How has Firefox copied Chrome, though?


I'm not a Firefox user but I do remember an uproar during some upgrade that Firefox became a carbon copy of Chrome (in looks).

#5 Psion7

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Posted 21 April 2015 - 23:27

I prefer Firefox over Chrome or IE but I won't deny that a lot of the things Mozilla seem to be doing with Firefox is pointless. Things like Firefox Hello should have been an extension. I use the English-British build and it doesn't even come with an en-gb dictionary out of the box yet includes crap like Hello.

 

The only reason I use it over IE is better adblocking extensions. If Spartan has an extension as good as uBlock or Adblock Plus then I will most likely switch to that.



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Posted 21 April 2015 - 23:30

Well if Firefox started bundling itself with everything and after installing, set itself as the default browser im sure it would have higher market share too.



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Posted 21 April 2015 - 23:38

I prefer Firefox over Chrome or IE but I won't deny that a lot of the things Mozilla seem to be doing with Firefox is pointless. Things like Firefox Hello should have been an extension. I use the English-British build and it doesn't even come with an en-gb dictionary out of the box yet includes crap like Hello.

The only reason I use it over IE is better adblocking extensions. If Spartan has an extension as good as uBlock or Adblock Plus then I will most likely switch to that.


Adblock plus is available for IE

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Posted 21 April 2015 - 23:50

Adblock plus is available for IE

but it is so bad



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Posted 21 April 2015 - 23:50

Adblock plus is available for IE

Its crap on IE. Less options and causes pages to hang.



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Posted 21 April 2015 - 23:51

I'm not a Firefox user but I do remember an uproar during some upgrade that Firefox became a carbon copy of Chrome (in looks).

I wouldn't say that. The only thing that is the same is that the tabs are in the title bar.



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Posted 21 April 2015 - 23:54

Adblock plus is available for IE

 

Yeah but it is truly awful when compared to what is available for Firefox and Chrome.



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Posted 21 April 2015 - 23:56

Yeh FF has gotten too bloated over the years, I think one of its other main issues is the lack of mobile support, I've been using Chrome for ages now and one of the reasons is that i can sync everything between iphone ipad and PC, just makes the experience smoother.

 

I will say chrome does seem to use a lot more memory these days than it used to, I'd like to see them get that back under control.



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Posted 21 April 2015 - 23:57

I wouldn't say that. The only thing that is the same is that the tabs are in the title bar.


And don't forget the hamburger menu, those 2 things make it a carbon copy of Chrome, even if everything else is different.

Edit: Also it's bloated because it's adding too much stuff, and bad because it's removing too much stuff.

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Posted 21 April 2015 - 23:59

Last I tried it the latest Firefox is actually much better than I expected.  Maybe they can turn things around yet.



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Posted 22 April 2015 - 00:00

Adblock plus is available for IE

 

That it is, but every few days it crashes on Win7 IE11 and to restart it I have to close IE, kill any processes of IE that are still running and restart IE.