Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Jan 2010 17:04 UTC
In the News NetApplications has released its latest browser market share figures, and these figures show that Chrome has overtaken Safari as the number three browser worldwide, behind Internet Explorer and Firefox. IE, by the way, continues to lose popularity rather fast.
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I know my preference for Firefox probably stems from the fact I've been using it since the pre-1.0 betas.

Is that preference or bias? ;) Perhaps Stockholm Syndrome has set in? ;)

I've used Firefox since the Phoenix/Firebird/name-of-the-week times, and find myself liking it less with each release.

The process-per-tab and the plug-in isolation is nice, but I honestly cannot remember the last time Flash actually crashed FF in Windows or Linux.

I have to restart Firefox at least once a week to due locked up Flash and Java sites. It's irritating, since these are sites I have to access for work, and I usually have 5-20 tabs open during the day at work. With Chrome, I only lose 1 tab instead of all tabs. Firefox's auto-save/restore feature doesn't always save things correctly.

And the V8 engine IS fast, but if your computer is new enough (like, the last 5+ years), then you really won't notice much of a difference between engines. At least I don't... But perhaps I'm not using sites that are extremely js heavy. GMail works just as smoothly in Chrome as in FF from my experience.

I would say you're not using JS-heavy sites (GMail isn't all that heavy). Try using Zimbra with a 1+ GB mail store, 80+ folders, with a couple thousand message per folder. You'll find using Firefox 3.5 to be very hard ... after you've used Chrome 4.x to do the same. ;) FF 3.5 seems fast ... until you realise just how slow it actually is in comparison to Chrome and even Safari.

No accounting for some peoples tastes ;)

Presicely. ;)

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