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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1. Speed- I don't care about any feature nearly as much as I value a browser that is fast. Face it, since Apple created Webkit (from KDE tech I guess I have to add), it has been a Webkit world. 2. Stability- All of our browsers are stable nowadays. Which is least likely to crash? 3. Interface- A simple, pleasing interface with enough back end settings that I can tailor my experience to what I want. I also want my browser to look like it belongs on my os'es desktop. (Best preferences of any browser? OmniWeb.) 4. Compatibility- As a web designer, my browser better render pages that have compliant markup. I also mean HTML 5 audio and video tags. In the end, Firefox had its place and was a great browser for its time, just like Netscape was great in its day. Mozilla's day is done however, and for the time being it is a Webkit world. I also like Opera quite a bit, and it would be my second choice to Chrome. Obviously, people whose web experience depends on a bunch of extensions will favor Firefox. I don't want a single extension on my browser. I want an unadulterated web, and Chrome delivers the fastest version of the wild, wild web.

If you take out the factor of Firefox's better extensibility and larger and more capable extensions library, then I think you might be very surprised to find that Firefox 4.0b7 (which will be released in a few days time) still matches Google Chrome feature-for-feature that you mentioned.

Firefox has indeed been some way behind on the points you mentioned for some time now. Firefox 4.0 will redress that, and very much bring Firefox right back on par performance-wise with Google Chrome.

Remember also that Firefox has a much larger user base still than Google Chrome does, that much of Firefox's user base is very quick to upgrade versions, and that unlike you many users actually like extensibility features (and so Firefox will be seen by most people as having more features than Chrome).

So a little while after it is released, Firefox 4.0 will have more features, far more users, and just about exacttly the same performace as Chrome.

Mozilla's day is done however, and for the time being it is a Webkit world.

Nup. I don't think so.

Edited 2010-09-27 23:25 UTC

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