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There was a time when Chrome truly sat atop the throne as Browser King, but those days are long gone. The gap has closed, and depending on who you ask, Chrome has been overtaken. I once believed that Chrome was “the best,” but nowadays you may be happier elsewhere.

According to browser market share, Firefox is Chrome’s biggest contender if we ignore Internet Explorer (mainly used in business environments unwillingly). And over the past year, Firefox usage has risen quite a bit — from 7.7 percent in August 2016 to 12.0 percent in May 2017.

Why are people returning to Firefox? I’ve been using Firefox for the past few months and I’m happy to say that I much prefer it to Chrome. Is it time for you to switch? Here are several reasons that may convince you.

1. Firefox Is Better for Battery Life

A lot of people say that Chrome is faster than Firefox — and that’s actually true. But the main reason for this is that Chrome uses more CPU than Firefox. With greater CPU usage comes faster processing and smoother performance. The trade-off is battery drain. And to be honest, Firefox isn’t that much slower.

According to Microsoft, data gathered from millions of Windows 10 users showed that Firefox uses approximately 31 percent less power than Chrome in real-world usage. If you’re on a laptop, this means significantly longer sessions between needing to recharge.

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2. Firefox Is Better for Tab-Heavy Users

How do Firefox and Chrome compare in terms of RAM usage? To test this, I ran both browsers (each one separately with no other apps running) under four test cases: one tab, five tabs, 10 tabs, and 15 tabs. Every one of those tabs pointed to the MakeUseOf homepage for consistency.

RAM Usage for Chrome 58

  • 1 Tab — 49.2 MB
  • 5 Tabs — 265.3 MB
  • 10 Tabs — 533.2 MB
  • 15 Tabs — 748.3 MB

RAM Usage for Firefox 53

  • 1 Tab — 116.3 MB
  • 5 Tabs — 376.6 MB
  • 10 Tabs — 437.0 MB
  • 15 Tabs — 518.4 MB

Two things are immediately obvious. First, Chrome actually uses less RAM than Firefox when you don’t have many tabs open. Second, Firefox scales much better than Chrome once you reach about eight tabs or so. If you’re a power user like me and regularly have 20+ tabs open, Firefox clearly wins.

Want to know why Chrome uses so much RAM? Read our overview on why Chrome needs more RAM and what you can do to reduce its RAM footprint.

3. Firefox Knows It’s Just a Browser

A few months back, I read an interesting post from a longtime Chrome enthusiast who ended up throwing in the towel and switching to Firefox. He had a lot to say, but this particular point stuck out to me:

Today, Chrome is not the speedy beast it was in 2011. Today, Chrome is some sort of weird-ass application platform that just happens to also be a browser.

This sums up a good bit of why I’ve personally fallen out of love with Chrome. What used to be a lightweight, fast, and incredibly minimal web browser has now evolved into a complex beast that no longer remembers what made it so lovable in the first place. A lot of the blame can be assigned to Google’s desire to turn Chrome into Chrome OS.

Firefox, on the other hand, is still just a browser. It isn’t the clean, barebones browser that Chrome was on debut, and some might even say that Firefox is too bloated for its own good, but at least Firefox isn’t trying to be something that it isn’t. It knows what it is.

If you want to read that Chrome enthusiast’s full essay, visit this Quora post and look for Luke Harris’s reply.

4. Firefox Embraces the Open Source Mindset

Technically, one could say that Chrome is somewhat open source since it’s based on the Chromium browser, which itself has spawned many Chrome-like browsers (e.g. Opera, Vivaldi, Slimjet, Brave). But a true “open source” mentality What Is Open Source Software? [MakeUseOf Explains] What Is Open Source Software? [MakeUseOf Explains] "Open source" is a term that’s thrown around a lot these days. You may know that certain things are open source, like Linux and Android, but do you know what it entails? What is open... Read More involves more than just letting others use your code.

I like how Mohamed Mansour explains it in his Quora reply:

I have contributed code to the Chromium project for over two years . . . but lost motivation because of how closed that platform became. Yes it is open sourced, but it is guarded by a big organization where most of its discussions and future direction are done internally inside their organization.

Google is treating Chrome as a closed competitive product more than an open product. Chrome’s open source model is basically “here is the code for the browser, do whatever you want.” It doesn’t have the same open source culture everyone is used to. Companies these days are abusing the core definition of Open Source, and it is sad.

On the other hand, Firefox has a complete public roadmap that’s influenced by contributors and community members. As of this writing, I can see eight months into the future of Firefox development. That kind of community cooperation is what real open source development should be about.

5. Firefox Actually Cares About Privacy

In 2014, Mozilla released a call-to-arms for users in an effort to promote online privacy, stating that “fighting for data privacy — making sure people know who has access to their data, where it goes or could go, and that they have a choice in all of it — is part of Mozilla’s DNA.”

In 2015, the State of Mozilla report reaffirmed the organization’s beliefs: “There are billions of people online, but not enough transparency and control in the form of security and privacy protections for users from companies, app developers and governments. Mozilla is focused on influencing key internet health issues like privacy and security…”

And if you want nitty-gritty details, consult the Firefox privacy policy to learn more about the browser, any data that may be collected, and what that data is used for.

But even if Mozilla wasn’t so gung-ho about privacy, the real win here is that Mozilla isn’t Google. The one thing we know to be true: Google is a gargantuan data collection company. It already knows too much — do you really want Google to know every aspect of your browsing habits?

6. Firefox Allows More Customization

Degree of customization is the biggest difference between Firefox and Chrome. Every Chrome browser looks nearly identical, even across operating systems and devices. Other than hiding certain toolbars or removing a few icons next to the address bar, the most you can do is skin the title bar and tabs.

Firefox can do more. In addition to moving things around and skinning the general appearance, you can install Complete Themes to completely change the browser’s appearance. You can even emulate the look-and-feel of other browsers with FXChrome, FXOpera, and MX4.

7. Firefox Supports Chrome Extensions

Starting with Firefox 48, Mozilla declared stable support for WebExtensions. WebExtensions is a cross-browser API that allows developers to create extensions once and have them work in multiple browsers. With WebExtensions, Firefox can install Chrome extensions.

All you need to do is install Chrome Store Foxified. After that, you can visit any Chrome extension in the Chrome Web Store and the “Add to Chrome” button at the top right will become an “Add to Firefox” button.

Note that WebExtensions support, while stable, is still a work in progress. At the moment, not all Chrome extensions work, even though many do. Complete support is anticipated by the release of Firefox 57.

8. Firefox Boasts Unique Extensions

Chrome has a vastly larger collection of extensions, but Firefox has several unique extensions that aren’t available to Chrome users. And some of these extensions are so good that you won’t want to leave Firefox after having experienced them.

The best example that comes to mind is Tree Style Tab. This extension turns the tab bar into a sidebar and lets you organize tabs into a tree-based hierarchy that can be shifted around at will. It’s amazing and really shows how much a shame it is that no other browser can do this. (Vivaldi supports sidebar tabs, but they can’t be organized hierarchically.)

In fact, I would probably say that Tree Style Tab is the main reason why I love Firefox so much. Check out this roundup of other unique Firefox extensions 7 Extensions Firefox Users Love That No Other Browser Has 7 Extensions Firefox Users Love That No Other Browser Has Extensions aren't always supported across all browsers. Check out these beloved Firefox-only extensions that are so useful that you may be swayed over from whichever other browser you currently use. Read More .

9. Firefox Can Do What Chrome Can (Mostly)

At the end of the day, the differences between Firefox and Chrome are mostly minor. One might be slightly faster or use less battery, but in terms of usability, they’re both excellent. In other words, anything you can do in Chrome can probably be done in Firefox too.

Want to synchronize tabs, bookmarks, profiles, and more across devices? Need to develop websites with the aid of an element inspector and console? How about sandbox security to prevent malware infections? Or a password manager to make your accounts more secure You Need to Start Using a Password Manager Right Now You Need to Start Using a Password Manager Right Now By now, everyone should be using a password manager. In fact, not using a password manager put you at greater risk of being hacked! Read More ? Or a task manager to pinpoint performance issues? (Hint: Navigate to about:performance in Firefox.)

Chrome can do these things, and so can Firefox. If you’re reluctant to leave Chrome, just remember that the two browsers have more in common than not.

When Is Chrome Better Than Firefox?

As much as I love Firefox, I still have Chrome installed as a backup because there are certain situations where Chrome is actually better.

  • Chromecast streaming only works with Chrome.
  • Advanced web development is often easier in Chrome.
  • Chrome prioritizes polish and simplicity over freedom, making it easier to use for those who aren’t as tech-savvy.
  • If you’re deeply integrated with Google services and you don’t care about the privacy implications, then you can use your Google accounts to set up various Chrome profiles 5 Custom Chrome Profiles You Should Start Using 5 Custom Chrome Profiles You Should Start Using One Chrome feature is often overlooked: the ability to have multiple user profiles. We show you how they can make your life easier. And yes, you can use profiles in Firefox and other browsers too. Read More .
  • Chrome has more market share than Firefox and Google appears to have significant influence over the direction of web technologies, so websites and web apps tend to work better in Chrome.

Are You Ready to Make the Switch?

The future of Firefox looks good. Give it a shot and have an open mind. To make the transition easier, you may want to consider these tips for switching from Chrome to Firefox. Also, look into our collection of Best Firefox Addons.

Or if you dislike both Chrome and Firefox, Opera might be the better choice I Switched From Chrome to Opera and I’m Never Going Back I Switched From Chrome to Opera and I’m Never Going Back Any browser works. There's only one reason to pick one over another: it's more in line with how you like to browse the web. And you might prefer Opera, too. Read More .

How do you like Firefox? If you decided against switching, what are the main reasons why? And if you use neither Firefox nor Chrome, we’d love to hear which browser you do use. Share with us in a comment below!

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  1. Heru Paule / R. Paul Le Bret
    August 18, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I've Been Using Firefox Since Before Noah's Arc I Recall LOL I Love It !!

  2. LarryS
    August 11, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    I have been with Firefox for a long time, but some of the reasons for using it have just vanished. This year I have had so many problems with Firefox that I have switched to Chrome. I was already having problems when I started getting the notice that a certain site was not secure. No way to say that it did not need to be completely secure as there was no info to get into and if someone else wanted to get into the site just be my guest as there was no reason for it. At the same time I have been using "1 Password" which is an excellent program and very necessary. It is not working off and on for unknown reasons which is really irritating, but it works fine in Chrome. I just got tired of all the headaches.

  3. IvanJG
    August 11, 2017 at 3:46 am

    I actually switched from the original/old Opera to Firefox as I couldn't see the point in using an Opera with the same engine as Chrome. I use Firefox for up to 90% of my personal browsing but would never get rid of Chrome (and both Operas). Chrome is pretty much only used for GMail and Google Drive while I prefer to use Firefox for Google Maps, Search, Youtube and pretty much every thing else. For work I use the original Opera (for intranet only: works with Java), IE11 and Firefox. The only mainstream browser I never use at home or work is Microsoft Edge. No matter which browser I use I do not store passwords (except in my PortableApps version of Firefox that is on a bitlocker protected USB3 drive).... GO Firefox!

  4. mark huber
    August 10, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Alphabet/Google has gone against everything that the internet stands for by trying to impose its "politically correct" (factually incorrect) assumptions on users. I can not stand for it. I am avoiding Microsoft and Aphabet/google monopolists who have put short term profits ahead of truth, freedom and the American way.

  5. Paul petrides
    August 4, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Paul here. You say that Firefox is is at a faster than chrome. Of course
    Born of them have simular. Strengths , I read. Through the article. On
    On each of them . there is one thing. It fails. To mention. How do downloads
    Can create viruses. Is that. True. By the way. I was thinking of switch over to
    Firefox. , let me know.

  6. Sergeevich
    August 2, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Throw away Chrome when it remove support of "--disable-directwrite-for-ui" key. Read blurry text by youself, Chrome developers.

  7. SlaughterDog
    July 28, 2017 at 7:03 am

    The author states that Chrome is often better for advanced web development, but as a web developer by trade, I’ve often found the opposite to be true. I’ve seen some nifty things come to Chrome first, and do check out Chrome’s dev tools from time to time and pay attention to release notes to see what’s new, but often find their new features to have been present in Firefox for quite some time.

  8. Steven
    July 18, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    YouTube TV works on Chrome only.

  9. KiltJoy
    July 10, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    FF has started pre-loading add-ons like Hello, Pocket, Reader+. When searching for help, FF only demonstrates how to hide the button, not disable the add-on. FF is pointing at Google, for Microsoft tactics of selling the user, from the back of the same line.

    • quantumbells
      July 18, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      Hello was merely a tech demonstration, been a long time since it has been removed.
      Pocket has not been an add-on for a long time, it is part of core Firefox and hence can not be disabled. Mozilla bought pocket and any privacy concerns are moot.
      Hardly. TO say Fx is on level with Apple, Google or MS is hyperbole. Fx doesn't sell your data to Third parties, all data it takes it doesn't share it with advertisers. It keeps it to figure out what works and what doesn't.

  10. Charley
    July 6, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    I use Firefox 90% of the time. It is my default browser But I use Chrome to access Facebook because paste doesn't work correctly on Facebook in Firefox but does in Chrome. I don't know why.

    With the latest updates to Firefox, Roboform doesn't work very well. It does work but it is awkward and you can't get a toolbar. On Chrome, I can still get a toolbar (at the bottom).

  11. Ashton
    July 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

    FF has it's own quirks.. many of them. I got tired of it being slow as hell under load, or my 1password blocking e10s. Switched to vivaldi, it's best of ff and chrome so far.

    Well only crash recovery on it is crap, had to get extension for backing up sessions.

  12. Noureddine
    July 5, 2017 at 9:43 am

    i can say that i will recommend/install Firefox again for people now with confidence
    am using Firefox Aurora 55.0b6 (64-bit) and it's blazzzzing Fast and Responsive.

  13. William
    July 4, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks for a whole lot of tech blather...
    I use both Chrome and Firefox but I have problems with passwords on Firefox and it is slow to load... so I do not like it much...
    For banking or anything involving passwords I have to use CHROME which works
    perfectly.....
    I do not need to know all that other tech info.... altho I read it and I suppose it
    has some value... all I now is what works for me and does not work for me...
    Firefox does not work... like it should....
    End of story..... chow

  14. Michael
    July 3, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Firefox on macOS is just terrible. I've run it through a battery of benchmarks with Safari and Chrome and FF always comes dead last. It seems fast enough to the naked eye (benchmarks usually measure times in milliseconds) but it eats RAM like crazy and will run my fans up to turbo, especially on my MacBook Air. Firefox supports none of macOS's features like pinch to zoom or even the built-in print manager. Google has made great strides in making Chrome behave batter, but the macOS champ in all categories is Safari.

  15. David
    July 1, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    I've never dedicated myself to one browser. Opera for some things, Chrome for others. But I've recently changed my default browser from Chrome to Microsoft Edge, because start up time is way faster. You know, like when you get an Email, and there's a link to click on...

  16. Matt
    July 1, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    I hate this constant association of simplicity with "not tech savvy"; because, then, its coupled with a bunch of other nonsense, like "people who just don't want to think much", "people who can't prob their imagination", etc.

    No dude, I like simplicity because I like it. It might be hard for you (and many others) to fathom it, but it's true. And I'm actually quite tech savvy; and I know I'm not the only one.

  17. Chris
    June 29, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Have used FF since it was Firebird and developed extensions for it. It was a great browser since it allowed developers to merge "the operating system" with the browser, meaning you could solve a wide range of problems in intuitive ways, by using firefox as a distribution and UI platform, and the browser would then pretty much get out of the way for the domain problem solving. That is no more.

    Mozilla is throwing decades of innovation and investments by thousands of developers out the window, and is errecting a walled garden when FF 57 lands. Gone is the OS integration that allowed for Mozilla exclusive extensions such as DownThemAll or SQLite browser. Instead the hamstrung WebExtensions API is forced down everyone's throats.

    This wouldn't have been such a bad thing if mozilla had intended to continue offering APIs which the uniquely useful extensions require, but they won't. Someone at the organization has decided that Firefox's future is to only be a differently skinned Chromium, capable of nothing more, and giving developer not one inch of increased innovation capability compared to its closest competitor.

    They've given me and a lot of other developers the finger. Since we won't be able to create the extensions we need, and mozilla having made the unilateral decision to screw much of the community and errect walls, creating a garden where people can create *one* sort of addon (munge data on a web page and exhange info with webservers), they've turned into the google - chromium dynamic themselves.

    For me it's bye bye Mozilla.

  18. Shawn A
    June 29, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I was using Chrome for years, since before it became super popular, and before that I used Firefox all the way back since probably 2008ish. I actually just made the switch to Opera. Not sure why, I really like the toolbars and the side ribbon. It seems to use quite a bit less resources than Chrome, but it also seems to crash more often. And not just a single tab that misbehaves, but the entire browser will require a force-quit. So maybe I'll try Firefox again. I haven't been truly fully invested in any one single browser for a while anyway. That's the beauty of choice. It's just sometimes hard to sync up and manage my vast collection of bookmarks from one browser to the next.

  19. Mike Bell
    June 28, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    I switched back to Firefox over a year ago and haven't looked back since. I've never been happier with my browser.

  20. HZ
    June 28, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Firefox is horrible these days, been horrible for long time recently and getting worse, really horrible, a lot of crashes, freezing, unresponsive on many sites, slow on some sites, consumes CPU on start up doing God knows what, and I have already disabled 99.9% of extensions and only kept adblock plus (yes disabled it for testing), Firefox is not what it used to be, no matter what release it is, all of them are bad, something major is wrong with Firefox, in the core, I am using Chrome to write this review but I have decided to stop using Firefox for good, I had to end it's exe too many time to care about extensions, just too lazy to do the work (saved passwords, favorites in thousands, etc).

    What is the point of all of Firefox features if Firefox does not work properly...

    • seehook
      June 28, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Me too. I've used firefox for years. Earlier this year it just stopped working on my computer. "not responding". No definite causation or fix that I could find. I uninstalled, reinstalled, several times, always with the same result. Started using chrome. Tried to use edge, and it seems good, except it doesn't have an icon. Have to type "edge" into the search box if I minimize it. Been saving all my bookmarks for years with xmarks. Imported them into chrome. And they're available, but in seemingly random order. Bleeping computer indeed.

    • Tim
      June 29, 2017 at 12:31 am

      It may be time to backup your bookmarks and delete Firefox's profile folder. Sometimes something in the profile becomes corrupted and causes these problems.

  21. Adrian
    June 28, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    One reason: GMail integration. If I weren't a GMail user, I probably would never have switched to Chrome in the first place.

    • Omar
      June 30, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      People bring this up a lot, but I don't see a difference. Tell me more about this 'integration'; maybe I'm missing something.

  22. Peter Shaw
    June 28, 2017 at 7:24 am

    I have become used to the over sensationalised headlines MakeUseOf employs for its so-called information articles but this one must form a prime example of how to get a headline as close to a lie as possible.
    Not one of the 9 reasons presents a convincing argument to switch browsers - either way. Why on earth there has to be this idiotic attempt at proving one bit of software is better then another for the most arbitrary of reasons is beyond me.
    It would be far better to showcase the positive features of each browser to enable users to make an educated choice. I don't think I'm that different from most users in not caring if one uses a bit more RAM than the other or one is a number of milliseconds faster. What I'm interested in is whether they do the job and how easily. In this case both browsers do an excellent job very easily and so any choice is purely personal. For me the choice is Chrome primary and Firefox secondary. Now that I've integrated bookmarks automatically across both browsers and other platforms, the difference is minuscule.

    • Adrian
      June 28, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Excellent point. I use Chrome because it makes sense as a GMail user. I didn't put too much thought into after that. It does what I need it to do. Of course there is also Google Maps and Translate that have become every days tools that are just a click away. So convenient. It's similar to how Microsoft Office bundles all those apps and making it so seamless. Privacy, on the other hand, is a legit concern that should factor into one's choice. Google doesn't have the best rep in that area. I've recent become a Mac user and have started to use both Chrome and Safari. For me, both work. Firefox was my alterntative to IE but all those convenices lured me away. That's not a slam on Mozilla. Google just did a great job leveraging and integrating its other tools into a convenient suite of apps.

  23. Akram Najjar
    June 28, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Your article came at the exact time when I was ditching Firefox and moving to CHROME. I appreciate your reasons. Mine are:
    1) For the last 2 months, Firefox regularly crashes.
    2) For the last 5 months, Firefox takes 15 seconds to get launched
    3) Most importantly: I wrote Firefox support several times about these two issues and got no answer whatsoever.
    Many thanks

    • Tim
      June 29, 2017 at 12:32 am

      Try backing up your bookmarks and deleting your Firefox profile folder.

  24. Eddie G.
    June 28, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Bottom line? Use whatever browser works best for you. Period.

    • Adrian
      June 28, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Well said.

    • Gio
      August 6, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      And which one is it? ;-)

  25. DB
    June 28, 2017 at 3:16 am

    I switch as well and like Firefox. I only one thing I liked about Chrome was there extension..."one tab" is there an extension in Firefox that will do the same or similar as one tab?
    Thank you
    DB

  26. LJR
    June 27, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I think the best browser often comes down to your personal style of work and which one you are accustomed to (why replace and relearn if its working?). Firefox works for me but its hardly without faults.
    I love the tree style tabs add-in too. Can't imagine living without it. But I don't understand why Firefox does not incorporate it into the basic browser program. Having it as an add-on creates problems. The biggest one is that there is a memory leak somewhere. I may only have a couple tabs open, but if I have opened and closed a large number of tabs I will inevitably see the browser slow down and start to have glitches, and when I check memory usage I will see Firefox using several GB. So I have to close the browser and restart it fairly often.

  27. Maryon Jeane
    June 27, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Why one browser rather than another? I've always found that any browser becomes better or worse as other things change (the way websites are rendered, changes to Google or other search engines - that sort of thing), and also that every browser becomes clogged up over time. And which browser is best is not only determined by what machine or device you're using, but also what you're doing. If you're searching for text articles and don't want to waste even seconds waiting for images to load, then something really light like K-Meleon works well; if you want to watch things online or perhaps play games, then Chrome might be better. And so on.

    I have a clutch of browsers at any given time and I have launchers in Breevy so I can change browser with a few (home) key strokes (brone, brtwo, brthree, etc.). If one browser stops fulfilling its finance I can just replace it with another of the same type (lean and light; good for rendering images, super-private, etc.) without having to consider, because it'll be under the same shortkey.

    Makes life simple - and infinitely flexible.

  28. Andrew
    June 27, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    This article is such utter crap. The weaknesses in your so-called arguments to abandon Chrome are glaring. And clearly by the end of the article you've come to the same conclusion.

    I'll make use of the unsubscribe link ?

  29. There's that guy
    June 27, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Why the f*ck would I want the submissive girl when I can go for the brainy bad girl Chrome because I can afford her?

    People, this is really simple, let me spell it out for you. If you want to use Chrome simply get a better computer and stop complaining.

  30. Jim Hawley
    June 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I have continued to use Firefox for years primarily because of Scrapbook - one of the extensions referenced in your linked article. I find it unique and outstanding for cataloging finds when doing research on the web. One example is genealogy. Another for "how to" articles. In conjunction with "Nuke Anything Advanced" for tidying up the page before scrapbooking, it is irreplaceable.
    Having said that, there have been times when I would have switched to Chrome if only Scrapbook was available. I continue to keep Chrome installed because I run across web pages almost daily that DO NOT FUNCTION in Firefox. If something fails to work in a page I just copy the url, launch Chrome, and paste the url - and the problem goes away. I don't know what is behind this difference in compatibility but it is a fact of life and Chrome consistently works on web pages where Firefox fails miserably.

  31. KennethFW
    June 27, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I am surprised that no one has mentioned that Chrome (for desktop) saves everything you open, except html, to a Downloads folder, which ultimately uses a lot of storage. I wrote a BAT file to empty that folder, so it's a not a biggie for me, but otherwise this fact would be a deal killer for me.

  32. A.P.Singh
    June 25, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Sorry to say sir advanced Web Development is best in Mozilla . One of the language which has changed websites java script is developed by mozilla. Also there browser have certain advanced Web Development extension which is not available on chrome. I am using Firefox from 2007 but I never get disappointed from it. I also used chrome but I don't like because of its high ram requirements it get crashed oftenly.

  33. Ricky
    June 22, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Oh please, Firefox is a POS compared to Chrome and Edge. I was reminded of that recently when I reinstalled it recently. Todoist becomes bogged down and I ran into two errors with separate sites. I've always had some type of issue with Firefox on different systems. I'm sorry the facts are it's just a matter of time before it becomes a dead browser.

    • Omar
      June 22, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Can you cite the two sites that you reference? Wondering if those errors are issues with Firefox or with the way they're written.

      Will look into Todoist.

    • Frank J
      June 27, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Cyberfox for the unknowing. Try it.

  34. Fabricio Garcia
    June 21, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I heard about the new "super powers" of Firefox so I decided to give it a try, Chrome is a real pain these days anyway. To be honest it didn't impressed me that much, it is faster than Chrome though. Then I remembered Opera... Oh boy, that's what I call a web browser: clean, MODERN, intuitive, and FAST, nothing to do with the browser I met 3 or 4 years ago. For me it was bye Chrome and welcome Opera.

  35. Hadi Setayeshgar
    June 21, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Since Opera's death Web browsing become garbage ... Firefox was great when started . It was about 3 MB and render pages fully like IE and almost as fast as Opera Classic . Chorme just is dopple anger of Chromium . IE passed to Edge . Firefox grows by compatibily to more techs .
    But I'm stuck from death of Opera ... It was fantastic .... All of browsers' abilities copied from Opera Classic ( Speed Dial , Tabbed Browsing , Tab Stakcing etc ) but it was still BEST . Download Manager work like IDM and DAP and even better ; Bookmarks open in new tab and totally managable . It could run Javascript manually and could be prefered . It could render pages as BEST , because You could customize it and Presto was safest and fastest engine .... Cookie manager , Certificate manager , Protocol manager etc .......

    Otter claims want to resume Opera Classic project !! It's a garbage .... Vivaldi comes as " A browser for our old friends " ! It's passed more than 2 years but Vivaldi still Bug-Ful and non ever comparable with Opera 12

    Has anyone know a Browser just powerful as Opera 12 ?
    I searched a lot but couldn't find yet .... It will be Your GREAT GIFT to me .......

    • Frank J
      June 27, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      Cyberfox

    • Joseph J. Pollock
      June 28, 2017 at 4:06 am

      f you haven't already tried it, check out Vivaldi. Some of the original Opera developers are behind it. I was never an Opera fan, but I did switch from Firefox after decades. From what I can tell, it doesn't have everything that Opera 12 had, but it get s more every few weeks.
      I love it and I haven't been happy about a browser in years.

  36. Ckb
    June 20, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    LOL! Some disclosures are missing on this click bait.

    • Omar
      June 21, 2017 at 4:47 am

      This didn't strike me as click-bait. The article seems pretty well thought out and the explanations are thorough.

  37. David Martchouk
    June 20, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    I switched to firefox from chrome for http://www.makeuseof.com. On Chrome the makeuseof website gets really laggy when I try to scroll down often and I see it can start eating up RAM over 1 GB for 1 single tab > This might be related to work proxy blocking the ads or an extension I used for "night mode". On Firefox I have no such issue, the website is always smooth for scrolling up and down. On Chrome the lag is so bad sometimes I have to wait like 10 seconds before it scrolls up or down, and sometimes I end up overscrolling, I got so fed up I had to try a different browser! On firefox makeuseof I on occassion get a proxy login popup, so perhaps the chrome RAM buildup and extreme lag is due to proxy block of ads. Not sure why Firefox has no lag.

    • Tina Sieber
      June 21, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      Wow, thank you for switching your browser for MUO, that's awesome!

    • Kona
      July 4, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      I have the same exact issue with Chrome as you do.

  38. BillinRSDCA
    June 20, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    So, what's new with "54"?

    Firefox 54 where are you?

  39. adam
    June 20, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Number one reason I use forefox on my Android phone is that it supports extensions. I can have my ad blockers and other privacy extensions, that also save data and make web pages load MUCH faster.

  40. adam
    June 20, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Firefox on my Android phone is amazing - it supports extensions so I can have the adblockers and other privacy extensions that I want, and it also handles like from other apps by opening them in background, which I much prefer.

  41. Jonathan
    June 20, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I keep trying other browsers, because chrome really can lag sometimes.

    I keep going back.

    Mostly because of the developer features.
    I find them far superior, and easier to work with. Especially debugging JavaScript.

  42. F. Cisco
    June 20, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Honest evaluation and summary.
    Really no solid reasons to switch.
    Don't switch if you have a G mail account.
    So FireFox moves to cult favorite status among geeks again ?
    If you have only 4 GB of memory you should worry about all programs!

    • Omar
      June 22, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      What's the issue with Gmail?

      I use it, and use Firefox, and haven't noticed anything out of the norm.

  43. Christoph
    June 20, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Oehm the number about the user share are pure invention and as much us I like FF thee are a number of very serious security problems that might never been addressed by Fondation (not because they don't want to obviously) obviously this a a piece payed for so if the first set of number you throughout is BS it is hard to trust the rest of it.

    • Omar
      June 21, 2017 at 4:53 am

      Can you cite some of these security problems you allude to? Do other browsers not have similar issues?

  44. Petar Vukmanovic
    June 20, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I don't agree on you for one second. Firefox is definitely not a browser of choice if you're going to brag what's awesome nowadays.
    In every aspect Chrome beats FF hard. Have you tried running Firefox on Android? Why would I use that slow garbage when I have fully functional super fast browser that actually syncs with my PC environment as well? Not to mention that ugly CSS issues that come with it, like select dropdown and so on. It's developer tools window is ugly and it just doesn't give good performance.
    Now, in all honestly, yes, I believe that Linux users will favor Firefox due to its optimization and the fact that Chrome is not fully supported (Chromium is, which is completely different thing).
    Look at the sheer number of users using Chrome, both regular day to day users and developers. Trust me, don't bother with Firefox.

    If you wanna use a cool browser that actually does care about privacy (should I mention Firefox tracking scandal with Amazon on Ubuntu?), Use Brave. If you're a developer, use Blisk. If you're looking for a super fast cool new browser search for Vivaldi. Ignore Firefox. My bottom line. My rant. ^_^

    • Omar
      June 21, 2017 at 5:05 am

      "In every aspect Chrome beats FF hard."

      Really? How about points 1 and 2 of this article? There goes your credibility.

      "Have you tried running Firefox on Android?"

      Yes. It works quite well - multiple others in the comment section agree. We all love that it supports extensions, like ad-blockers.

      "Why would I use that slow garbage when I have fully functional super fast browser that actually syncs with my PC environment as well?"

      You're implying that Firefox doesn't sync between mobile and desktop versions. You're factually incorrect. Refer to the article point 9.

      "Not to mention that ugly CSS issues that come with it, like select dropdown and so on. It's developer tools window is ugly and it just doesn't give good performance."

      Sounds a lot like two opinions and an unsubstantiated fact.

      "Look at the sheer number of users using Chrome, both regular day to day users and developers. Trust me, don't bother with Firefox."

      Quantity does not equal quality, my friend. In light of all of your misrepresentations, why should anyone trust you?

  45. Rene Gatdula
    June 20, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I'm torn between two lovers...

  46. Joseph Gelis
    June 20, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Did you mention the incessant bugs that come packaged with Firefox (at least in the Mac version)? I use Chrome over both Firefox and Safari, and for me, it is smooth as, well, chrome.

    • Doc
      June 20, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Perhaps that's more of a problem with macOS than with Firefox... :)

    • Joel Lee
      June 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      Hi Joseph, which bugs in particular? I use Firefox on Windows and Mac every day and haven't run into any problems on either.

  47. user4user
    June 20, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Can u update the section on RAM usage with chrome 59 release where it addressed that issue?

  48. Yap Chun Fai
    June 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I don't care how much ram does chrome consume, but it is the fastest browser.

  49. MUSTAFA ÖZKAN
    June 20, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    really? im all for open source and privacy but google chrome is way easy on memory and its interface is way faster. im a casual ubuntu user and i used firefox for 6 years or so but i figured chrome does everything firefox does in a faster timespan and made the ultimate switch to chrome deleting firefox completely although it meant jumping on the lap of google, ads and nsa.

    • Joel Lee
      June 20, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      Chrome is faster because it uses more CPU, but Firefox uses less memory when you have many, many tabs open.

  50. Holly
    June 20, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    have you had a thorough look at the up to date version of Vivaldi?
    even though it utilizes Chromium, it is so much better than Chrome already.
    and even though it's entire interface is based on web tech, they managed to get it as response as a native app.
    clear winner in my mind.

    I have many issues with Firefox on the other hand.
    Chromium's one process per tab solution may lead to slightly increased RAM usage, but the overall performance and stability is much better for it, especially on older machines.

    also, I can't stand Firefox's preference interface. there's no search filter. most settings are hidden in about:config, even high level behavior like "should the entire app terminate when closing the last tab?". why is that? I always need to google first to figure out if Firefox has a certain setting and where it can be found...

    and I don't really get the "Firefox Knows It’s Just a Browser" argument...
    I for one loved the extremely feature rich Opera before it went webkit/Chromium.
    I mean, as long as it doesn't impact the performance and responsiveness negatively, and as long the interface is still slick and easy to navigate, why wouldn't you want more optional features, like for example an in-build email client?
    at least in my mind, that's much more elegant than to bloat up your browser with countless third party processes in the form of extensions.

    • Joel Lee
      June 20, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      I agree, the preferences page for Firefox could use some improvements. Chrome and Chromium-based browsers tend to do that much better. I've noticed similar stability between both Chrome and Firefox, in that neither is buggy or crashy for me. (Years ago, Chrome used to hang for 30+ seconds while "Waiting for cache..." but that's been fixed, thankfully!)

      I've been using Vivaldi for the past few months as well, and I love it. Look for a write-up on that later this week. Next week at the latest. :)

    • JeremyRedhead
      June 24, 2017 at 3:42 am

      I've been using Firefox/Pale Moon for a while and don't care for chrome, but Vivaldi is definitely interesting. Unfortunately, its lack of preventDefault, inability to drag text to url bar to search, and other such quirks makes it unusable for me. Can't wait to see other browsers adapt some of its UI ideas though! ^^
      Also, as laggy as extensions can get in FF, I find chrome's "app store" to be an absolute mess. Very few are truly useful in a way that couldn't be implemented in a normal webpage, and there's a shockingly large amount of "addons" that are just games, or links to them. Anyway, I'll shut up now :P

      • Holly
        June 25, 2017 at 12:37 pm

        oh, you say preventDefault on JS events isn't working in Vivaldi? I never noticed something like that. the thing with the address bar sounds to me like a very niche use-case though. but that could just be me, maybe it's actually a popular feature?

        fully agree on the app store critique, though I am not a fan of the entire concept of extensions in the first place. I'm fine with the "bare minimum" of extensions in Vivaldi: an add blocker, a color picker and something that adds download buttons to video hosting services, aka. Youtube. ^^

  51. Seath
    June 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I've been using Firefox for years and all though I agree with you on most points, Firefox has become blotted and slow in the past year.
    Now I'm trying out Opera for last couple months and in my opinion this browser is what Chrome use to be. It's lightweight, fast, secure and the developers really step up thier game lately.
    Of course it has its own problems like any other browser, but for now Opera is my choice.

    • Doc
      June 20, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      "Blotted"? LOL...

    • Joel Lee
      June 20, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      Opera is fantastic and you should keep using it if you like it. I agree, as far as Chromium-based browsers go, Opera is better than Chrome! And if you like cutting-edge stuff, Vivaldi might be better than both of them.

  52. B. Reynolds
    June 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    On Linux I've switched back to Firefox over Chromium. Chrome is still my primary browser on Windows, but more and more I find myself using Edge.

    Not so much that I'm a big Edge fan, but when the Edge browser does pop up, it works just fine and I don't bother to close it and open Chrome instead like I used to. Edge is improving nicely while my unscientific sense is that I'm waiting longer for Chrome to get going.

    • Joel Lee
      June 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      I like Edge, but it's still a bit glitchy for me at times. Consider giving Vivaldi a try -- it has improved a lot since it released last year, and if you like Edge, you might like it even more.