Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 21:36 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Internet & Networking Now this is a subject sure to cause some discussion among all of you. LifeHacker's Adam Pash is arguing that Chrome has overtaken Firefox as the browser of choice for what he calls 'power users'; polls among LifeHacker's readership indeed seem to confirm just that. He also gives a number of reasons as to why this is the case.
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Not all people who'd be considered "power users" use the browser in the same way. A web developer might require certain unusual features to aid their work, but not be so bothered about speed or tab management.

Personally I like browsing with a large number of open tabs, I find that more efficient than artificially restricting what I have open. Just shopping around online, looking at prices and product reviews, can cause my number of tabs to grow, and I'm often following forums and reading articles at the same time.

For me that makes Chrome pretty much unusable. Its tab bar would constantly be packed full and virtually unusable, and the browser itself just can't cope with a large number of tabs without slowing to a crawl.

Compare that with Opera, where you can open 200 tabs if you want and it'll keep on going without a problem. I can replace the standard tab bar with a scrollable, filterable by keyword, tab/window list in the sidebar, which I can hide and show when needed with a click at the screen edge. If I want to close a bunch of tabs from one site, I can simply filter the list, select them all, then hit delete to close them as a group. Opera also provides a pop up list of open tabs that can be quickly scrolled through with the mouse-wheel.

Features like that mean that I just don't have to worry about whether opening a load of links in the background will screw anything up or make browsing unmanageable. I can browse without the browser's limitations interrupting what I'm doing.

To me Opera's best "power user" feature is that it offers full MDI window management (badly bug ridden in 10.5+ unfortunately), rather than crippling it by forcing all tabs to be maximised. This means that tabs can be tiled side by side within the browser window, while other tabs are minimised and hidden out of the way. It's one great feature that I don't think you can add to Firefox/Chrome with extensions.

I can put an article I'm referencing alongside a forum post I'm writing, or compare price lists side by side rather than switching backwards and forwards. It offers some unique options, like being able to create a "follower tab" that displays any links clicked in its parent tab. It also allows tabs to be located spatially, by keeping the tabs in use arranged and visible on screen.

This is much more efficiently done within the browser than by separating tabs into multiple windows.

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