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I’m one of those strange people that is always online in one way or another, and most of that time is spent on the web. It’s my source of income, as well as information and entertainment. None of which would be possible without a web browser. A browser is our means of accessing the web, that vast collection of pages that we could never hope to navigate entirely in our lifetimes.

There are a host of web browsers available to use, from the mainstream choices such as Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Google’s Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox, and Apple’s Safari, to the more niche choices such as Opera, RockMelt, Flock, and Maxthon. All of which do essentially the same thing but in their own unique way. Which leads me to wonder how MakeUseOf readers choose the browser they use.

This Week’s Question…

Why Do You Use Your Web Browser Of Choice?

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All browsers allow you to access the web, but the way they achieve this differs from browser to browser. We want to know why you have chosen the browser you use on a daily basis? Is it because it blends into the background, offering an unobtrusive portal to the web? Is it because of one or two killer features that your browser of choice has over the competition? Could it even be brand loyalty, to Apple or Google?

We Ask You… now You Tell Us. All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week.


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  1. Cee Flo
    September 18, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I use one browser for school, but it is not my browser of choice. I use one for work again not my choice, and then my browser of choice.

  2. Joel Williams
    June 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I also use the web browsers named Epic, and Comodo Dragon. I highly recommend them, they work great.I think they tie for the win.

  3. Claudia
    June 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I use Firefox most of the time because two web-based programs I am required to use at work do not function correctly with MSIE (any version).

  4. Jeff Pearson
    April 18, 2012 at 9:03 am

    This will be a longish post Dave, soz mate.

    Me? Freelancer, ghostwriter, Internet Marketer, Information Product provider and other stuff.
    I'm gently hamstrung because I use dual processor PPC G5 (non Intel) macs running osx 10.5.8. I can't see any reason to give Apple any more money as these beasts chug on iike a steamroller, but it does leave me behind the 8 ball a little, as the newest browsers are all Intel based.

    I use my browsers for different areas of my work. As I have lots of websites and need to access many others, the biggy for me is secure automatic logins whenever I visit a site, and the smallest ram footprint I can get, to free up memory for other stuff - so I'm slanted towards the browsers that offer that.
    Here they be...Complete with their Ram use as they are open on my desktop.

    Firefox is now Intel only, so I use TenFourFox, which still supports PPC macs, for all my SEO work, its set up with multiple toolbars that I can switch to and from to check pageranks, SEO and other sad stuff.
    FF= 140mb ram footprint.

    Seamonkey is my workhorse - although I can find sites that tell me it isn't supported I really like its speed and flexibility.
    Ram= 78mb

    Safari? I get fed up with looking at my CPU usage going up and up as long as I'm using it, it's renowned as a mac memory hog, and also it takes ages to load up - so that really is parked in a layby on my dock.
    A real disappointment.
    Ram= 279mb and growing as I type.

    Opera is a steamroller of browser, and its very very fast (at least 5 times faster than Safari IMHO.), but as I use Postbox express as my email client (well worth a look) the email functionality isn't important. This would be my 'heavy hitting' browser of choice if Seamonkey dropped off the horizon.
    Ram= 295mb - but it's also processing mail at the same time don't forget.

    If you want a really fast browser that isn't lightweight, check out Shiraa, where the tabs appear at the bottom of the screen. It's a memory hog, but it's fast. Very fast.
    Ram= 382mb

    iCab is a paid for browser (probably the only one) - you can get it for free but it has a one off 'mini nag' box when you first log in that disappears after a few moments. It's a real labour of love for the developer, and it shows. Middle of the road in power, but it too is very quick to pull in pages.
    Ram= 52mb

    Omniweb is still around and being updated sporadically by Omni - its a very lean browser that again is one to look at if you major in moving from site to site quickly.
    Ram= 113mb

    Camino is nice, and opensource, built purely for the mac, and has loads of plugins. I use Camino for all my website work - I have cpanel and all my freelancing sites set up in the bookmarks toolbar, as this is the only mac browser that 'wraps round' your bookmarks, (when you fill up your BM toolbar and get over to the right hand side, rather than hide your bookies behind a symbol that you have to click on, it starts another line underneath,from the left). Love it.
    Ram= 70.22mb

    And here's a blast from the past that has just burst up again from the seabed....

    Netscape Navigator!
    I thought it was dead and gone but I've rediscovered it (it's now at version 9) and it's actually running Seamonkey a very close race. It's lean and unbloated, quick and full of functionality - again it's well worth a look, and look at how much ram it doesn't use...
    Ram= 33.5mb

    Stainless is another newish kid to the block, it doesn't have lots of bells and whistles, and it doesn't support autologin, but I really like the way that I can simply grab the icon of any site I'm on and drag it off to the bookmarks toolbar, which is on the left side of the browser.
    Ram= 57mb
    And finally....

    This is a cracking and irreverent browser from runecats software. Obviously developed by some very talented young people, it's blisteringly quick and its tabs open in 'mini windows' across the top of the page. If Safari is the equivalent of running the London Marathon in a diving suit, this is like Gebreselassie with no clothes on in bouncy shoes. Not much functionality, (they've only just put in cookie management) but a pure browser than majors on leanness and speed of browsing.
    Ram= 100mb but it has got ten tabs open as I'm typing.

    If you go to squidoodotcom and search for 7 best web browsers for mac there's a more in depth breakdown of each one with screenshots that I did last year.
    Hope this helps.

    Told you it was a long one Dave.

  5. Del
    April 18, 2012 at 3:59 am

    I prefer Opera for its infinite customizability.I can have it any way I want it,so that it fits my needs,comfort and efficiency requirements.I don't like google chrome or windows explorer.Firefox is ok.I have the least trouble with Opera overall.When I want to go somewhere I don't trust,or brows at high speed,I use puppy OS and its default browser or opera,in ram only.

  6. Shaurya Verma
    April 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    1. Very customizable - Opera:config is more powerful than Firefox's config.
    2. Pretty - try out the Z1 Ultra theme
    3. Stable and fast and extensionful - Firefox and Chrome are too
    4. Not Google - I love google products, but I'd hate to give them so much info of what I'm doing.
    5. Great tab mgmt - tabs on side are very useful when I'm being a tab slut.
    6. Gestures - Firefox's are probably better though

    I use Chrome or Firefox for my gmail quite often, and FIrefox when I have too many tabs + windows open. I could have a pro-Opera bias cos I've been using it for really long though. Having to wait for so long for Opera 12 is pissing me off though

  7. roy
    April 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I have Firefox, IE, Google Chrome, Safari, and Opera. I use Firefox exclusively for browsing, and the others are dedicated to "special purpose" sites . For instance, Safari's Home Page is set to a local News Radio Station. When my on-the-hour chime goes off, I start up Safari, listen to the news, then quit Safari when it's done. Zero interaction with any other sites, tabs, browser functions or anything else. It's like having a dedicated News button.

    I'd love to get rid of Firefox because it does a lot of things "wrong" (meaning not the way I'd do them ;) but I continue to use it because it has one specific extension that I can't do without. FireGestures has a "wheel gesture" that lets me hold down the right mouse button and use the scroll wheel to zoom in and out. It works amazingly well, and I'd never willingly use another browser without that function. But if FireGestures ever comes to another browser, I'm gone from Firefox.

  8. Alan
    April 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I use Chrome and Firefox because I can use the "do not track + "Extension on them. Opera does not have this yet, and in any case I feel it has gone down the pan over the last couple of years !

  9. Alan Wade
    April 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Waterfox/Firefox because they use the same profile so any customisations made to one is reflected to the other.
    Why not I.E.? because I cannot customise it the way I want it.
    Why not Chrome? for the same reasons as I.E.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      So it's all about customization for you?

  10. Doug
    April 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I use Fire Fox. I do not use IE because it is not Fire Fox.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      That's solid reasoning ;)

  11. John Sawatzky
    April 16, 2012 at 3:34 am

    I use Opera for my day to day web browsing on my desktop, with Chrome and Firefox to fill in the cracks when I need to use a website or app of some sort that doesn't support Opera, or anything else. On my laptop (which I am using right now) I use Chrome for day to day stuff, while I use Opera for web development and Firefox for other miscellaneous things (in case you are wondering, Opera is actually quite HTML5 compliant and I have never had any problems working with it). I love Opera because of the tab management: I almost never have less than forty tabs on there. For someone like me who is the internet a ton (just like the author), being able to smoothly navigate my tab groups is a must. Do the other browsers even have tab groups? Nope, just Opera. Shame it isn't more popular.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      40 tabs open at once? you trump me, sir, you trump me ;)

      • Habib Alamin
        April 17, 2012 at 8:29 am

        Pah! 40 is nothing. I have had up to 60 tabs open at once. Although it depends on my mood. I usually go through them one by one and then end up focusing on one tab.

        • Dave Parrack
          April 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm

          That's insane! I rarely get above 10. Information overload ;)

        • Habib Alamin
          April 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm

          Yes, I prefer using Safari, as in it's a more pleasurable UX IMO, but Firefox is better at handling loads of tabs.

          It doesn't put all the left over tabs into a little arrow, so you can scroll through them. This is the only UX thing that Firefox has better that I can think of right this second. Also, Tab Groups FTW.

  12. TedB
    April 16, 2012 at 1:29 am

    I like Chrome because of it's quick responsiveness and ease of use. Comes with a raft of free apps and extensions.

  13. Jonas Platte
    April 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    If I go to websites that i don't trust at all, or that I don't want be detected on, I use FF, because I have installed NoScript, https everywhere and a Tor Button that's almost always active.
    For daily surfing I use Opera, because of its integrated Mail Client, its featurerichness ans its beautiful New Tab-Page (Speed Dial). Sometimes I use Epiphany (Linux-only browser) in Web-App mode (no title bar or url bar) because Opera doesn't load some websites probperly and it's really cool to have no browser control buttons if you don't go to other sites anyway :) I also tried Google Chrome sometime, but i just don't like it's behaviour, specially that it closes if I close the last Tab.

  14. Phoghat
    April 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Firefox and Chrome, mostly FF.
    Problem is no one browser does everything I want it to, FF does most of it and Chrome takes what's left over

    • Dave Parrack
      April 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      I'm a little like that. A combination of the two would be magnificent!

  15. Knut
    April 15, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I use Opera - on Windows, on MacOS on Linux and Maemo mobile.

    The only "problem" with Opera is that o Mac, it copies "text only" and drops formatting, and I keep Safari in the "Utilities" shuld I want to copy & paste a page into an email. There is a similar problem with printing to PDF.

    Opera comes with most and has been first with gimmicks for a long time. The others can try to hang on a year or three later. The latest is full email client in the browser, and ability to add on any Firefox add-on, and retains support of own widgets...

    I have 2 "wishes" which may sound far-fetched: I wish the mobile version supported "drill-down" gesture that replaced the zoom button, the second is the fixing the "copying" or gives me the alternative.

  16. feltra
    April 15, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Use Firefox (with Sandboxie) specifically for the security add-ons: Adblock Plus, WOT, NoScript. I can't dream of entering the web w/o these 3 (these 4 actually, if you include SandBoxie, but its not a browser).

  17. @danielooi
    April 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Google Chrome for flash plugin required site and Mozilla Firefox for everything else because I do not need to keep updating my flash plugin and I can skip those annoying flash ads on firefox when surfing.

  18. Robin
    April 15, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I loved my FireFox and its great selection of plugins until I couldn't put up with the resource hog issues. I reluctantly switched to chrome and have found I can reproduce most of the customisations I want. Plus it feels faster. Chrome is not without some resource issues of its own but those are easier to ID and sort out. I hate moving house so unless something in chrome royally screws up, I'm staying put.

  19. Dale
    April 15, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Firefox and IE--Firefox 99% of the time, IE only with some dinosaur sites that can't handle any other browser. Tried Chrome, didn't like anything about it. Looked at Seamonkey, WAY too many gadgets and other complications. IE is clunky, too many security problems. With Firefox, can pick and choose plugins and addons (too many and you're screwed), and get it JUST RIGHT.

  20. Rahul
    April 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I am long time time firefox user right from when it started. Occasionally i have used opera and chrome, but primary reasons are
    1. Open Source
    2. Amazing community
    3. Customization - Just the way i need
    4. Web developing tools - Firebug and web developer
    5. Amazing ad blocker

    Yes sometimes it is laggy, but mozilla community as whole is working on it to bring a well balanced browser

    • Dave Parrack
      April 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      Firefox is certainly buggy but it also has a lot of plus points, as you list :)

      • Habib Alamin
        April 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm

        I used to love Safari back when I was on a MacBook Pro, cause Firefox took so long to load. When I moved to an Air, the SSD made loading times SOO much faster. Now, I use Firefox almost exclusively. I use it for the Lazarus extension (so I don't lose forms if my Internet goes down), the StumbleUpon toolbar (FUCK YOU STUMBLEUPON FOR NOT LETTING THIRD PARTIES CREATE TOOLBARS FOR OTHER BROWSERS (excuse my language, remove the swearing if you want, but please leave the caps lock intact, or bold it)), Tab Groups, Session Manager, Resurrect Pages (I come upon a lot of old webpages, due to my interests), SkipScreen, FEBE and other extensions, although the ones I listed are top priority.

  21. Rob
    April 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Firefox, primarily because of customization and system integration with Linux.

  22. Rahul Ramaswamy
    April 14, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I use Waterfox, the 64-bit variant of Firefox. It allows me to use all the add-ons available for Firefox, while letting me use the full potential of my 64-bit OS and processor. It's light, zippy and very stable! Apart from an issue related to updates, I find nothing wrong with it.

  23. MozillaMan
    April 14, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Firefox - Only
    Because of its customizations. I can code firefox to do anything I want.

  24. Schvenn
    April 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I've been using Opera for nearly a decade.
    Changing jobs has forced me to use other browsers from time to time, but I always come back to old faithful.

    Opera is always innovative.
    If something new comes to browsers, chances are that Opera was doing it, first.
    Thus my hipster comment.

    Mouse gestures are second nature for me now.
    I can't browse without them and it's invaluable when using a browser on a message board to see multiple threads, quickly.

    The Wand is endlessly helpful as is saving the preferences online.

    It's very fast.

    It has extensions, finally.
    Yes, they were too long getting those.

    On older systems like the ones you often get at work, it's speed and convenience are very necessary.

    The built in mail client makes it very easy on RAM and CPU usage.

    I rarely use anything else.

    • Habib Alamin
      April 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      I don't personally use Opera, but I have great respect for it. It really is the innovative browser.

  25. Thomas Weatherly
    April 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I use multiple browsers SeaMonkey, Pale Moon, Firefox, K-Meleon, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Webian Shell. SeaMonkey is my default, but I use the others too, usually daily, except for Webian Shell I have for experiments and browser research. SeaMonkey I use for general research and production; it is more than just browser; it has mail and newsgroups, html composer, address book, and IRC chat. The others I use clerically, each, except K-Meleon, have multiple home pages of the most subject and research areas I use. K-Meleon has one home page, an online dictionary. My word processor opens K-Meleon when I need a word definition, etymology, or syllabication.

    When I need to do research, I know which browser has the relevant home page(s). All of my browsers are used daily during my work week.

    But my default SeaMonkey, with the extension Lightning, a calendar, allows me to schedule events and tasks. It has replaced Outlook. It's leaner and more efficient. Although it's a divergent line from the Mozilla trunk, it has built in features which can only be obtained in Firefox, Pale Moon, and K-Meleon (the other Gecko browsers) with extensions. The uniting of browser, email, and calendar increases the efficiency when I do my productive work. It uses much less memory than the combo of Firefox and Thunderbird.

    SeaMonkey has built in cookie management, image manager, popup manager, web page translation, addon manager, and download manager. Other features you may want or need you can add with extensions.

    Every person except 3 I have introduced SeaMonkey to have installed and used it. The 3 exceptions are out of over two and half dozen; the other three use Firefox and Thunderbird. Microsoft office and Outlook are not as appropriate for the small business and home office as SeaMonkey (with Lightning). Small businesses and home offices probably are better off selecting the appropriate office applications they need, most of them open source and freeware, with SeaMonkey as the core application. There are cloud apps for collaboration which work easily and efficiently with SeaMonkey. I have links in the personal toolbar of SeaMonkey for the ones I use.
    One additional note, not unimportant , I moved my task bar to the top of my monitor screen because in all browsers that's where all the action exists, all the links and buttons for features. It's that way in most browsers.

    • Knut
      April 15, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Try Opera - one browser that has ALL of the above - the Lightening calendar is not supported but a calender with full PIM functionality is available as a widget.

      I have used Seamonkey and not impressed.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 15, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks for the comment. I have never even tried several of those browsers you mention. I'll be sure to check out SeaMonkey.

  26. Nigel Fitt
    April 13, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I use open source software on my pc. I use Ubuntu 11.10 and Mozilla Firefox 11.0. I am very happy using open source software

    • Dave Parrack
      April 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Is that the one and only reason you chose Firefox?

  27. Rusty Hicks
    April 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I use Chrome on all three of my computers. I was sold on Firefox but then added a skin and must have done something incorrectly. Facebook will not load correctly now, even after removing it and all it's data and reinstalling it. After spending a couple of hours trying to figure out what I screwed up (time does fly when you are trying to do something on the comuter) I simply switched to Chrome. Firefox had a couple of apps that I can't sem to find to put them on Chrome, but haven't found exactly the same thing. I did find things Chrome can use that Firefox can't. So I'm happy enough with Firefox now that I've got most of the ins and outs figured out.

  28. Schvenn
    April 13, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I've liked Opera since before it was cool to like Opera. ;)

    • Dave Parrack
      April 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      Ha, noted ;)

  29. wyrwolf
    April 13, 2012 at 6:10 am

    I use Opera because it is fast. It also handles all sorts of other stuff I do on the web,usually built-in, not extensions, and is still fast. It is highly customizable, backwards-compatible, shares well with other programs, and is still fast. It upgrades without hassle, is not usually a resource-hog, has a small footprint, starts up quickly, and is still fast. It is also innovative yet easy to learn. And it is still fast.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Another vote for Opera. Thanks for commenting :)

  30. Chris
    April 12, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Above all, my favorite browser is definitely Google Chrome. Although it's resource intensive, my HP DV6-6145DX can handle it. It's fast, simple user interface, renders websites in milliseconds, and it's just...basic. It's what a browser should be. I have used other browsers and am willing to share opinion. Please feel free to reply.

    Internet Explorer (32-Bit) - The most sluggish, slowest, annoying pop up browser I have ever dealt with. The only reason I use it is to install Chrome. It's ugly, renders websites slowly, and it's too bloated.

    Internet Explorer (64-Bit) - Faster than the 32-bit, but not exactly compatible with everything. In speed, it's slow compared to Opera or Chrome, but it does hold a candle to a flame. It can always be a backup.

    Opera (Version 11.62) - It's speedy, but not as fast as Chrome, but it is a very close 2nd. (It'd be my favorite if it weren't for Chrome) It's speed dial is a nice feature, a sleek but little bit harder interface. (It's not hard, just something you have to get used to). The "turbo" feature is nice, but not necessary for me since I do get 15Mbps down/5 up and almost 20ms ping. It would be good for someone on DSL.

    Waterfox (64-bit version of Firefox pretty much) - This and Opera are a so close in competition for my 2nd favorite, I can't seem to decide. It's just like Firefox, only much faster, and not as needy. (on add-ons really) I can definitely say it's fast, secure, and fresh. I enjoy it and carry it with me on USB when I'm at work. I refuse to use IE9 at all haha.

    Firefox (32-bit) - I'm not a fan. Everyone loves it except for me. I guess it's because I love Waterfox too much to use Firefox. It built the foundation for Waterfox, but the latter is much better for me.

    Safari (Version 5.1.5) - It's speedy, handles HTML5 great for me, and it has that Apple-esque, but I don't use it much.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Thanks for the rundown of your experiences with each browser. Would you say speed and simplicity are the two key reasons you love Chrome?

      • Chris
        April 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm

        You hit the nail on the head. It's what a web browser should be. It should get you to where you want to go, plain and simple.

  31. conga1
    April 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Have an older computer w/ limited RAM. Opera uses least amt of resources & starts the fastest. If Opera had better extensions, and if it played nicer w/ some websites (as Spiffy mentions), Opera would be my #1. As is, I am loyal to Firefox, which is my most used browser. I also like Chrome, but it uses a crazy amt. of resources.
    Idea for a future question--"As Microsoft support for WinXP w/ Service Pack 3 ends April 8, 2014, what are Win XP users plans for then?"

    • Dave Parrack
      April 15, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Good suggestion, conga1. I'll definitely keep it in mind for the future :)

  32. Spiffy
    April 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Another Opera user here. I'm on OS X, and have switched from Safari due to Apple not fixing an issue with Safari on Snow Leopard (the option to block cookies doesn't actually block all cookies on Snow Leopard Safari since an update about a year ago, and Apple STILL hasn't fixed it >_<). When that occurred, I tested out several browsers to see which "felt right" to me in overall user interface, speed, resource usage, and security. Opera was the winner.

    Firefox is VERY bloated on OS X, as is Chrome. Chrome is speedy, but Google's "Big Brother" act has turned me off to them as a company (and, yes, I know I can opt out, but that doesn't make it feel any less creepy). Both Firefox and Chrome have useful and fun extensions, though, and for a while that's what made me nearly choose Firefox (again, Chrome was out). Heck, I kept Safari around just for the Reader and Read Later functions built into the browser, and once I found similar extensions for Firefox I almost went with it as the browser of choice.

    But then came the resource hog issues, and the slow browsing experience, and, sometimes, the crashes.

    There was Opera, a browser nearly as speedy as Chrome, with a handy "Turbo" option which speeds up browsing, but with none of the snooping issues I felt with Chrome, or the CPU hungriness associated with Firefox. It had little nifty things like tabs that I could pull down to reveal a thumbnail preview of the full webpage and/or the option to see a thumbnail preview when hovering over a tab (handy for those bouts of forgetfulness); Speed Dial, which, while not as nice looking as Safari's Cover Flow but better in that it was, well, speedier; ability to add search engines easily; custom style sheets; and a slew of other functions. But it didn't have those extensions.... Until recently, that is.

    Now Opera has things like script and ad blocker extensions that are easier and quicker to use that creating customized preferences that typically end up blocking too much. There's the Safari-style Reader and Read Later functions I missed, and a slew of others. And loaded with all those extensions, Opera isn't weighed down like Firefox was. The browser is probably not as nimble as it was without the extensions, but it hasn't taken much of a hit at all, actually. And when my connection gets too slow, and I'm not doing anything which requires the utmost security, I just hit the "Turbo" function and everything is much speedier.

    It's a great browser. The only knock against it, IMHO, is that some websites don't play nice with the Presto engine (*points at Netflix). But that's why I keep Safari as a back up.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      Firefox does crash more times than I'd like it to. I really need to give Opera a spin. In fact, that's my mission for the day. Thanks for the extensive and well laid-out comment, Spiffy.

  33. Jacen47
    April 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I use Firefox mainly unless I can use Konqueror from my linux KDE boots.

  34. Anemone
    April 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I'm a long-time fan of the Mozilla/Firefox browsers. I like that new features keep being added, I love the customizability offered by the add-ons, and I prefer the open source approach.

    I have also used several versions of Opera, IE, Chrome, not too mention many older browsers all the way down to Lynx and Navigator, but I like the features of Firefox. That said, like many other commenters I have noticed how slow the latest versions of Firefox have been; that made me give Chrome another try, but I still didn't like it and came back to Firefox after all.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      I also keep giving Chrome another try but revert back to Firefox. It's hard to be weaned off those add-ons.

  35. jackew
    April 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I chose Firefox for my iMac originally, for both its speed and the versatility of its add-ons; but of late the former seems to be falling off badly — even after removing most of those add-ons!

  36. Troy
    April 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I use firefox because I like the add-ons.

  37. Shawn
    April 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.10 (soon to upgrade to 12.04) on my main computer, and I primarily use Firefox on both operating systems. On Ubuntu I also have Chromium installed (Google Chrome without the Google, for those who don't know), but I pretty much only use it to play angry birds and to access one or two sites that for some reason don't play well with my Firefox profile. When I'm using windows, it's Firefox all the way. The only reason I even keep Internet Explorer installed is because I noticed the Windows Help dialogues will not work without IE. I use Firefox as my main browser (and have since Firefox 1.x waaaay back in the day) because I appreciate the ability to customize it with add-ons. I know this is also possible with Chromium (or Chrome) but I find there to be many more extensions available for FF than for any other browser I've tried. I also appreciate their open source philosophy, which is another reason I prefer Chromium.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      I keep IE around for the very same reason! Thanks for mentioning Chromium, you're the first to do so.

  38. Chris
    April 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I use Opera. I've tried Chrome, Firefox and even the bloody IE and all that i can honestly say is that Opera is the best. Why? Because all above-mentioned browsers are really slow (especially IE), Chrome uses alot of your CPU and Firefox has that annoying thing to scan for viruses all downloaded files. Opera is simply dope! Cheers

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. :)

  39. wpb30635
    April 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I use Chrome almost exclusively because on my old clunker of a machine it works fast and gives me few if any problems. On average it takes maybe a minute or less to load my home page (Google Search). Trying to use IE it has often taken upwards of 5 minutes or more. Tried some of the others but they just did not cut if for me.

    • Chris
      April 12, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      A minute? I have an old Gateway laptop from 05' and it runs Chrome in seconds. How can a PC take a minute for a web browser?

  40. Dmitry D.
    April 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I use several browsers on different PCs.
    All of them had Opera - as unfortunately there's no way handy/lazy way to sync links between it and other browser.
    But while i just browse on my desktop - i use Chrome. Which btw keeps me out of installing Flash player in my system. Also i have desktop "chrome app" for SpringPad which let me overcome the pain of this handy site not having native windows client. But all attempts to usefully organize bookmarks on Chrome were fruitless so far - even IE6 in my opinion is more userfriendly in this area. I do keep Firefox (portable) exclusively for Pterodactl extension (saving 1 biggest pic from each open tab to the right side of active one, very useful for some sites)
    On my two other PCs i use exclusively Opera - as it's all i need on netbooks - "fit to width" works much better than other browsers's extensions, it's plain faster than Chrome or Firefox, "Turbo" mode is very 3G-trafficfriendly without need of setting proxy, and OperaLink/Notes is easy way to share data between devices .
    Of course Opera is also used on my Android devices (and was used before on Symbian and WinMobile) - though i still don't understand what for i bought 'slate in addition to phone :)

  41. Krack
    April 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I use Opera.. since 7years now !!
    I have 8gb RAM , But never felt slowdown or increased memory usage.
    It is near perfect Browser I guess; without Xtra addon installations.
    Speed Dial , Opera Link are simply Awesome..

    It's at least 2years ahead of other browsers
    Same on Android Tablet & Nokia Phone Too
    Next is Firefox , Close third is Chrome..

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      And another Opera fan. I feel like I'm missing out now...

    • pablorey
      May 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      opera has included the most intreting things that are addon on FF. and they are more stable... 100% compatible. you should give Opera a try. It just fast solid and complete

  42. Ibssguy
    April 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I use firefox for 3 primary reasons:
    1. The Addons
    2. It is Open Source
    3. It is not a Google Product

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Some Google hate? Why so?

      • Ibssguy
        April 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm

        Not really Google hate [actually, at the moment I have both browsers open], they just have their info-fingers into so much that I use already [Gmail, ICS phone, Google+, Picasa, etc.]...their "Don't be evil" motto is noble, I'm just not confident that I'll agree with the current "Guru in charge of defining what is evil and what is not" 10 years from now. So, where there is a comparable [or in this case superior -IMHO] product, I default to non-Google.

        • Dave Parrack
          April 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm

          Fair enough. Google does have far too much hold over all our data. I don't think the 'Don't be evil' motto holds true any more, either.

  43. Dev
    April 12, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I just HATE using anything "Microsoft" (Internet Explorer) coz I am an Ubuntu user,
    I used Mozilla for years. I then went for Opera Browser. It has a feature "OPERA TURBO" which compresses data and saves data usage. I use my phone to connect to Net. It saves a lot of my usage.
    My choice are-
    1. Opera
    2. Mozilla
    3. Chrome

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Another vote for Opera. Thanks :)

  44. Park
    April 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I used to use Firefox but then switched to chrome when it came out because of the enormous speed difference (2 min for firefox to open as opposed to 12 sec for chrome) recently people were saying that firefox deserves another chance because it's actually faster than chrome, that might be true if it didn't crash right after opening.

    Also I got used to the chrome interface and all it's quirks, (like you never know when clicking a link will open in this tab or a new one).

    At first chrome didn't have all the extensions I wanted, but with time that changed ( I stopped being an extensio-holic and chrome got more extensions) and I fully migrated, in fact I haven't bothered installing Firefox on Windows 8 CP.

    I wanna give IE another shot because it really is fast, but because of it's anemic extension support (and management) it's hard to switch over (plus I'm not sure how to get my bookmarks over from FF or Chrome). It should be noted that using Metro IE is awesome.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Firefox does crash quite often, it has to be said.

      IE market share has stabilized so Microsoft is doing something right. Of course it could all change with Windows 8.

  45. HildyJ
    April 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I use Firefox primarily because of the add-ons. While most are available on other browsers, some, especially the QuickFox (tabbed note taking in synchronizable bookmarks), are not. Furthermore, it seems that Firefox gets major add-ons and updates to add-ons sooner. Also, while I've been tempted by Chrome, their refusal to require the reentry of a master password to view stored passwords is a deal breaker (and it's been requested and turned down amid a lively debate in their forum).

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      What was Google's reasoning behind that refusal? I wasn't aware of that particular debate.

      • HildyJ
        April 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm

        This was one of the early and extensive discussions:!msg/chrome/k6JmRoGJp5w/Th9hdBwqIU0J

        Google's rationale is "our decision not to implement the master password feature is based on our belief that it creates a false sense of security instead of actually providing a strong security benefit."

        Like others, I'm not interested in protecting my PC when stolen, I'm interested in protecting my financial passwords from my teenagers who share my home desktop. Unfortunately, while the issue is raised over and over again (search for "master password"), Google's answer hasn't changed.

        • Dave Parrack
          April 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm

          That is a bizarre decision. You're correct that the more pressing need is to stop those you share a compute with from seeing all your passwords.

      • HildyJ
        April 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm

        To quote one of the forum reps: "Please know that your security is our highest priority, and our decision not to implement the master password feature is based on our belief that it creates a false sense of security instead of actually providing a strong security benefit."

        Here's an early thread:!msg/chrome/k6JmRoGJp5w/Th9hdBwqIU0J

        It keeps getting suggested and rejected (search "master password"). Like most I don't want it for unknown prying eyes, I want it to keep people I allow to use my computers from seeing my passwords.

    • HildyJ
      April 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      Dave, I apologize if this is a duplicate. My reply to your question doesn't show up so I'm trying by replying to my original.

      Google's position is: "Please know that your security is our highest priority, and our decision not to implement the master password feature is based on our belief that it creates a false sense of security instead of actually providing a strong security benefit."!msg/chrome/k6JmRoGJp5w/Th9hdBwqIU0J

      • Dave Parrack
        April 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm

        The system must have thought it was spam thanks to the outbound link. I got to see it in the end :)

  46. PhilipS
    April 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Firefox, originally because of the great flexibility of its extensions. Now, I still love its extensions and I have not great reason to change. Chrome sounds interesting, but I'm familiar with Firefox and the inertia stops me from moving.

  47. Ralph P.
    April 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I use Google Chrome because it's (1)very fast (2)simple UI (3)good options for customization. I've got IE (32 and 64 bit), Firefox, Slimbrowser, Safari, ChromePlus and SR Iron installed. How else would you try them out?

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      I think you've sampled enough browsers. Do you have any complaints at all with Chrome?

  48. Peter Dale
    April 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I use Firefox. The original reason was the fact that in the past I was a Netscape user and I resented the approach Microsoft took with Internet Explorer (a certain "anything but Microsoft" attitude took hold). With the demise of Netscape I followed the Mozilla camp towards Firefox. I have tried most of the other "contenders", but none of them convinced me that they were better than Firefox. I'll be sticking with it for the foreseeable future.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Do you miss Netscape at all? What was the reasoning behind your Microsoft boycott?

      • Peter Dale
        April 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm

        Yes, I miss it. Sort of like mourning a lost first love. It was just fine for me at the time. I suppose I just rebelled against the Microsoft juggernaut in all kinds of software, so I had something of an intuitive resistance to Internet Explorer. Problems about security, etc. sort of reinforced my views. Firefox meets my modest needs and has never given me any problems. Who knows what the future will hold.

        • Dave Parrack
          April 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm

          You're not alone in rejecting Microsoft. I stuck with them, for my sins.

          I'm sure in time the browser market will change once more. After all the way we view the Web is changing at quite a pace.

        • Peter Dale
          April 14, 2012 at 7:30 am

          Oh, I quite agree! Even before Netscape I was a user of Mosaic and Cello (never settled on a preference for one or other). As for the future, I don't doubt that something will revolutionise the market and leave IE, Firefox, etc. looking like museum pieces - and then they in turn will become the museum pieces!

        • Dave Parrack
          April 15, 2012 at 6:57 pm

          Browsers as museum pieces. Now there is an interesting thought :)

  49. Terry
    April 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Firefox is my preferred browser because it just handles the little details better such as when I use a dropdown form, previous entries that are frequent are place above the most recent. That is just one example. Part of my job is administration through web-based interfaces and while Chrome actually loads the pages more quickly I get more done in less time using Firefox because its refinements make me more efficient even if it makes the browser itself more bloated and slower.

    Additionally Firefox allows me to install addons without requiring being logged into an account at the formerly "Don't be evil" empire.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      That's a very interesting insight. While Chrome might be faster at loading pages Firefox is more efficient. There's definitely some truth to that.

  50. Paul Rubin
    April 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Firefox (now Waterfox) because of extensions. Mainly TabMixPlus. I especially like that when moving the cursor to a link that link automatically opens. I can't get that functionality on Chrome. (Or I can't find it.)

  51. Jouni "Rautamiekka" Järvinen
    April 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    PS. and a balanced security.

  52. Jouni "Rautamiekka" Järvinen
    April 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Firefox: all the features and addons.

  53. Ankur
    April 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    1. Most Important: Speed.
    Chrome is clearly ahead of IE 9, Mozilla in terms of speed. I never thought I would say against FF but it is not as fast as chrome.
    So many latest test in 2012 has proved it.

    2. Apps/Extension
    You name any add on and there is 99% probability that you would fin it in chrome.

    3. Google keeps innovating and adding feature

    4. Simple, uncluttered UI

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Is there anything you'd like to see Google improve or add in the future or is Chrome perfect as it is?

      • Ankur
        April 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm

        i dont think there is any feature which i require which is not available in chrome.
        although there are a few apps

        • Dave Parrack
          April 16, 2012 at 12:05 pm

          Thanks for sharing, Ankur :)

  54. James
    April 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I use chrome right now. There are only 2 reasons.
    -It uses more web standards than IE9.

    I do like IE9. I switched because some websites, like makeuseof did not show up correctly. Chome is no faster than IE9 either on my computer. On my fathers netbook, chrome is a million times faster. Maybe it has to do with resources.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      That's interesting. I don't know why it would be faster on a netbook.

      • James
        April 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm

        I see how that may seem like I was saying it was running faster on the netbook. I meant that chrome is a million times faster than IE on his netbook. His netbook does everything slow because it has maybe 2gb of ram and a itsy bitsy atom cpu.

        I see no difference on my computers in terms of speed when comparing chrome to IE9.

        • James
          April 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm

          Also, all my computers have no less than 4gb of ram or an i3 cpu.

        • Dave Parrack
          April 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm

          Ah, I understand. Chrome with 2Gb of RAM must be a bit of a push!

  55. Lee
    April 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I use Chrome because I like the simple UI and how it syncs with my other computers with my Google account. Since I use Google stuff for almost everything (email, calendar, docs, etc) it's just another part of the ecosystem to use Chrome.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Google has you in its grips! Almost as much as Apple has others in its grips ;)

  56. Jim
    April 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I use Google Chrome over Firefox for three reasons:
    1 - The tabs are separate threads. If one tab crashes only that tab crashes unlike Firefox where the entire browser would crash.

    2 - The UI takes up less space (it did when I first switched). The tabs, address bar and favorites bar take (took) up much less space than the same bars in Firefox.

    3 - There's only place to type addresses or search terms. Other browsers force users to make a pointless decision - do I want to type an address or search? When you make people make decisions sometimes they will be wrong and that makes users annoyed. Chrome removed that obvious and useless annoyance.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Great reasoning. Chrome is clearly the right choice for you. Thanks for commenting :)

    • Ben
      April 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      I am a Firefox user and I thought I would reply to your reasons:

      1) Users like me who frequently use more than 40 tabs absolutely hate Chrome. As you can probably figure out, if I have 40 tabs open the memory usage goes through the roof with each tab having a separate process.

      2) You can customize the ui to be just as slick as Chrome's interface
      3) You can get the same with Firefox. Take a look at my screenshot:

      I've removed the bookmarks bar, search bar etc. and added the Omnibar extension which gives me the equivalent of Chrome's awesomebar. I also have a Chrome theme installed.

  57. Collin
    April 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I used Chrome on my previous computer because of the limited amount of memory that computer had. Now, however, with 8GB of RAM and an i7, I've gone back to Firefox because of all the extensions. I've found that I can still get a very minimalist and stylish look using two addons: Movable Firefox Button, which lets you do exactly what the name says: move the Firefox button, and FabTabs, which detects the primary colors on the top of the page and colors your tabs accordingly (blue with white text for Facebook, black with white text for MakeUseOf). I actually have my browsing window arranged similarly to Chrome, with the tab bar merged with the top bar of the window, and the menu buttons next to the address bar.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Good recommendations. I'll have to check them out. That i7, 8Gb monster will definitely make a difference :)

  58. Osama Javaid
    April 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Firefox :
    1. Uses less memory than chrome.
    2. Awesome Bar (Can search anything from URLs to page headings)
    3. Add-ons

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Three great reasons. Thanks for commenting, Osama.

  59. R. Murray Reid
    April 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I use Chrome. I find it is the fastest and I like it the best. I have used Internet Explorer, and Firefox ( which I did use before Chrome ) but I have found that I like Chrome and find it faster.

  60. Meidimi
    April 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    i just started thinking of moving away from chrome, its not as fast as i had thought it would be and consumes a lot of my ram. either opera or waterfox, still working with all 3 though

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    April 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm

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  62. KYH
    April 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Firefox is currently my favourite. In my test for Chrome, I found that with extensions installed, it is much slower and more unstable than Firefox. The so-called "fast" maybe just can only be applied in a blank profile. So why don't use a more customizable, extensible and user-friendly browser. If you want speed, I think Opera is a better option than Chrome.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      An unfortunate side-effect of adding anything to browsers is that it slows them down. I remember early Chrome when it was ultra-fast.

  63. Anna
    April 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Firefox, both at home (linux) and work (windows). Love the customizing and the plugins/add-ons. I use Chrome ocasionally, but there is no notable speech difference, so why switch and give up on the browser that has served me well for so long? I'll admit that I've also grown kind of attached to Firefox, so another browser would have to have a pretty big advantage over it for me to switch. I have the opposite thing with IE, I've really grown to dislike it (webdesign struggles, instability, winning over netscape) so even at work I will go through extra trouble to get a different browser.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      A lot of people would argue there is a speed difference. Even if there is I prefer Firefox personally.

  64. Krishnapriya
    April 12, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I use Waterfox because I am able enjoy all the goodness of firefox's plugins without compromising speed. I don't know why but Chrome never made me feel it was fast.

  65. Arun David
    April 12, 2012 at 11:57 am

    My choice is 'Firefox' for browsing and 'Web development' coz of the javascript console... and when doing web designs i'll go for 'Chrome' for its 'Inspect Element' feature...

  66. Rohan
    April 12, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I am just addicted to Google Chrome. Google Chrome is very easy to use, user friendly and has a very good speed. Actually, my Chrome web Browser is not supporting some type of pages from last few weeks. I can't take screen shots using extensions, but then also, I can't think about any other web browser. But, if it comes to second preference, then Firefox will be my choice.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Firefox is a good backup if Chrome starts playing up. User-friendliness and speed are the main reasons you use Chrome then. Thanks for commenting.

  67. Pedro
    April 12, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I use firefox mainly because of the webmail notifier extension. In fact, it is the only thing that keeps me from switching over to Google Chrome.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      You're the second person who is sticking with Firefox because of one extension. hanks for commenting.

  68. RogerB
    April 12, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I use Firefox on Linux and Windows primarily because of the security/privacy plugins. I refuse to use Chrome because I don't trust Google with regard to privacy. Everyone uses Chrome's 'speed' as a reason for using it; as though a few seconds or fractions of a second are really that important. Do they sit and time page loads with a stop watch? The ability to render pages correctly and offer privacy and security are much more important.
    To be honest I don't have a favourite browser, Firefox, Opera, IE etc, all do the job well and I am happy to use any of them.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      That viewpoint is rather refreshing. A lot of people are ALL about the speed these days. Security should be more of a priority.

  69. Biff
    April 12, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I use Opera as my main browser, as I like the overall feel and appearance. I also like the consistency across platforms and devices. Interestingly, I find it superior to Chrome when using it to read my feeds on Google Reader. After Opera & Opera Mobile on my phone and tablet, I use Chrome and the android browser next most frequently, followed by IE9 when using windows update or on sites still optimized for IE.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      I have never really given Opera a thorough testing. Perhaps I should...

  70. Trevor L
    April 12, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Chrome since it came out. 1. For the minimalist UI and 2 for the speed.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Do you have any complaints about Chrome whatsoever?

      • Trevor L
        April 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm

        Chrome is a memory hog, but I have more than enough at 6 Gigs. When I have Chrome running my Ram usage peaks at around 1.1 GBs so no worries. Also The lack of customization but that is a very minor complaint.

        • Dave Parrack
          April 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm

          Noted. I must admit with 4Gb of RAM Chrome certainly makes a noticeable difference.

  71. Varun
    April 12, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Google Chrome. Because it's a no-bullshit browser. If something doesn't work on this, I don't really need it.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      That's commitment! Have you tried other browsers previously?

      • Varun
        April 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

        Sure have. Found Firefox to be a little too heavy, IE to be good for nothing (except for share-point collaboration). And none offered the tab functionality features like chrome when they introduced it. I mean come on moving tab from one window to the other!! That was a great relief after using IE...

        • Dave Parrack
          April 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

          I agree Firefox is a little heavy. IE has to be good for something, surely!

        • Varun
          April 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm

          It actually is. Share-point plugs in seamlessly. Checking out and committing changes to the share-point server and sites based on some of the MS technologies work well on it. I mostly use it to download Chrome... :P

        • Trevor L
          April 12, 2012 at 8:10 pm

          I totally forgot how much I freaked out when I first dragged a tab to a new window with chrome. It blew my mind.

  72. curts
    April 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I primarily use Firefox. This is partly due to history and partly due to Firefox's extension capabilities. While I did some limited web browsing before Netscape 2, the Netscape browser became my primary browser because of its cross-platform support (I used it on Sun's Solaris OS at work). Cross-platform support is still important to me (e.g. Linux), consequently I still only use IE for web sites that don't render properly in Firefox (a rarity nowadays) and ActiveX applications. Bookmarks are managed between multiple desktop installations via Xmarks. Some of my favourite Firefox extension capabilities (e.g. Tree Style Tab, Ghostery) and delayed tab loading may exist in Chrome, but I have yet to feel motivated to take a serious look at Chrome now that it has "grown-up" and stabilised. Regarding Firefox development, I stayed with Firefox 3.x as my primary browser during the Firefox 4-7 releases.

    I occasionally toy with other browsers on my mobile platforms, but have previously found the platform integration lacking. I still email web links to myself to look at sites in more detail later - maybe that's old fashioned, but it gets the job done and is very easy if the browser properly integrates with email. I can also direct the link to work vs. home email as appropriate.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Are there still websites that don't render in Firefox? In terms of emailing links to yourself, whatever works for you. I often find basic is best when it comes to the Web.

  73. Vaibhav
    April 12, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Chrome(mostly)..And IE8 (Don't like IE9)

  74. Faustenberger
    April 12, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I use Firefox. I'm totally in love with all the customization I can do with it. And, despite what everyone says to the contrary, it seems faster than chrome to me. Particularly on my old Piece-of-Crap Windows XP (which was originally designed for 95), where chrome seems to stutter and lag while Firefox goes steady.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      It's interesting that Firefox works better with an old machine.

  75. Garey Boone
    April 12, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Firefox is my main squeeze, Chrome is the gal that I just can't quit and Maxthon is my cleaning lady to keep my bookmarks clean between my desktop and my phone.I've messed around with other gals like Pale Moon, Opera, Safari and others but they are more like the hit it and quit it types.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      I love the analogy, Garey. :)

  76. Chris Hoffman
    April 12, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Chrome for speed. (And also the minimal interface, but other browsers have since copied that).

    Firefox has improved from when I dumped it back in the horribly slow 3.x days, but it will need to become a properly multi-process browser before I can switch back.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Firefox has definitely improved but Chrome is quicker. Any complaints at all about the latter?

      • Chris Hoffman
        April 13, 2012 at 2:24 am

        Nah, I'm pretty happy with Chrome.

        I really do like the idea of Firefox, though -- a browser developed by a non-profit foundation that isn't tied to any big company sounds like a great idea.

        • Dave Parrack
          April 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm

          Sounds like a great idea, but isn't in practice? ;)

        • Chris Hoffman
          April 14, 2012 at 7:53 am

          In practice, they've just been playing catch up with Chrome for a while now.

          Unless you want more powerful extensions, there's no real point to using Firefox (as far as I know -- maybe there's a big new feature I'm unaware of)

        • Dave Parrack
          April 15, 2012 at 6:07 pm

          I prefer Firefox's bookmarks manager, but other than that the two are very similar. At least to my casual eye.

  77. Andrew Chobaniuk
    April 12, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I use IE9, I switched from Firefox about a year ago after it became sluggish and bloated after many patches and upgrades. I once hated IE, but it's worth a second look these days, the performance is second to none!

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Microsoft has got a job on its hands trying to persuade people back over to the dark side. Maybe more of us should give it a second chance though.

      • Andrew Chobaniuk
        July 5, 2012 at 8:05 am

        No doubt, it was the bane of my existence for years, ie9 is the answer to all my concerns with previous versions though!

  78. Bob Henson
    April 12, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I use Firefox. Whilst Chrome is quick, it is not much different from Firefox. Firefox is very much more configurable, and uses far less resources than Chrome (have you seen how many multiple instances of chrome.exe it runs simultaneously, and how much memory they take?). Firefox is the only one with which Roboform is fully configurable (hiding the toolbar is a deal breaker for me). The rest are either clunky and difficult to configure (Internet Explorer 9 ) or too quirky to use (Opera, Safari).

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks for the detailed explanation. I hadn't realized how much of a system hog Chrome is until now.

  79. Rodrigo
    April 12, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Former user of firefox, now on Chrome changed mainly for speed and when I found that some extensions of Chrome for exclusive for it, when before that was the problem, if only Chrome had Dowload helper it would be perfet. Anyone knows an extension like that addon of firefox for Chrome??

  80. Alan
    April 12, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Chrome: in one word, FAST
    Firefox: recently better for designing for the webz, and better extensions than Chrome.
    Still I use Chrome way more often than Firefox.
    If only mozilla could make it simply faster than Chrome I wouldn't have to use 2 browsers.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      I agree. If Firefox were a little less bloated and a little quicker it would gain a lot more fans.

      • pablorey
        May 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm

        you should try palemoon :) or opera ;)

  81. Susendeep.Dutta
    April 12, 2012 at 6:42 am

    I use Firefox to browse and to do all my tasks.For other things,I use Google chrome like opening multiple email accounts of same webmail service. I use many Firefox addons which are very essential for me without which I feel very uncomfortable.Also,I like many options provided by Firefox.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      I also get that uncomfortable feeling when I switch away from Firefox. It's amazing how we get used to something as simple as a Web browser.

  82. carie
    April 12, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Chrome. At the end of the day it is fast, has the extensions I use on a day to day basis and has very little clutter.

  83. Lai
    April 12, 2012 at 6:15 am

    When I chose Opera, only Opera and Firefox had tabs, and Opera has all features I want without tons of add-on. A bloated Firefox and a slim Opera, there was no choice.

    Now I am staying for Opera, mainly for its speed, support for custom js and css and built-in mail client.

    IMHO, Chrome use one process for each extension is a pretty dumb decision.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      I really should give Opera a more thorough testing. Do you find it faster than Chrome?

      • Lai
        April 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm

        I say they are on par concerning speed, both have a 'light' feeling when browsing.
        I just dont like chrome. I was spoiled by the customizability of opera. Its toolbars are like button holder, and could be put to any location or not display. eg. I could put ten "back" button on the status bar.
        But given the number of options, it has a steep learning curve.

        • Dave Parrack
          April 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm

          That's true, the more features and customization available the less user-friendly browsers are. The effort is rewarded with Opera though I guess.

      • Knut
        April 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm

        Chrome may be faster to show a page. Opera is better on a slow connection because of the "Turbo" capability. So its a tight race, where Chrome is favoured by better support by the WEB sites.

        • pablorey
          May 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm

          opera is faster in old machines. more stable... and its nice. has powerfull tools for developers.

  84. Tug
    April 12, 2012 at 5:33 am

    I'm a Chrome guy. For whatever reason, it feels "lighter" than the other browsers while still offering all the extensions a guy could ask for.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      It feeling lighter is an interesting concept. I must say it's less bloated than the others, but it's also getting more bloated as time goes on.

  85. Joel Lee
    April 12, 2012 at 5:16 am

    To be honest, I don't prefer any of the available browsers. They all have aspects that I like, sure, but they all have downsides that irk me. Opera doesn't handle YouTube very well. Chrome's skinning is not so great. Firefox is slow.

    I'm using Chrome (for now) because it's the least of 3 evils. :D

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      I agree that none of the mainstream browsers is perfect. Which is why most of us keep switching between them! I always tend to come back to Firefox, mainly because it's what I know.

  86. Raymond McNatt
    April 12, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Firefox, no particular reason other than when I started using it, Mircosoft Ie sucked

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Ha, yes, the IE wilderness years. It's getting back on track now though. Would you ever consider switching back?

  87. David Simons
    April 12, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Chrome, because I like Google. I have an Android tablet and an Android phone = compatibility. Google makes the user experience simple yet encompasses everything you use a computer/phone/tablet for.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      Can I ask what you used before Chrome?

      • David
        April 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

        I used IE when my laptop was running XP, it now runs seven professional, and I also tried opera, firefox and Maxthon. Chrome just has a good look about it and works quickly and flawlessly.

      • David
        April 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm

        I used IE mostly, but also used to use Opera, Firefox and I tried Maxthon for a while. Chrome has a good look about it, and runs faster than the others on my PC and my laptop. Fast and simple, that's Chrome.

        • Dave Parrack
          April 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm

          Thanks for your input. Fast and flawless are certainly great qualities for a browser.

  88. Marc
    April 12, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Just recently switched from Safari to Google Chrome. The drag 2 up extension is awesome. Just drag an image from your desktop or folder and place it in a box, it puts the right code into it for the website and just works.

    Only plus over safari i'd have to say

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      It's interesting to hear just one extension is enough to have persuaded you to switch. Thanks for commenting.

  89. Anomaly
    April 12, 2012 at 4:13 am

    I use many different browsers on three different platforms, Windows , Mac, and Linux. I like to keep up on them so I use all the ones I have but my main one is Firefox and if I could only use one it would be Firefox. The main reason is the quality of the extensions. No browser comes close. Chrome has a lot of extensions but they simply cannot hook into the browser like they can in Firefox.This is why you will not find an extension like Tab Mix Plus for Chrome or get Ad Block Plus to work as well as it does in Firefox.There are other reasons I prefer Firefox besides the extensions but the extensions are the main reason.

    I agree with what you were saying about the browser being the means to access the web. This is why I find the current mobile OS's like iOS and Android and tablets to be a joke. They are very app oriented. You spend most of your time in some app accessing the web because the browsers suck big time. Of course they charge you up the arse for the apps. Completely backwards compared to the desktop and browsers.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Do you find different browsers work better with different operating systems, Anomaly?

      • Anomaly
        April 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm

        Yes, some work better than others on one system but it's the other way around on another system. Chrome doesn't work nearly as well on Linux as it does on Windows or Mac. Opera doesn't work a well on Mac as it does on Linux and Windows. Firefox works equally well on all the platforms. Camino is Mac only and IE is Windows only. Safari is horrible on Windows and decent on Mac.

        • Dave Parrack
          April 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm

          I must admit Safari is one I have never even tried using on Windows.

      • Rey Aetar
        April 12, 2012 at 7:46 pm

        except firefox all opera chrome and chromium crashes in slow slow connection

  90. AtleticoPaco
    April 12, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I love Chrome because it's so simple and fast, it's the best one for me. The worst is Explorer, it's like to run a racing car with a bike....

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Would you prefer Google keeps Chrome fast and simple rather than adding more features?

      • AtleticoPaco
        April 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm

        I would prefer either Google keeps Chrome fast and simple or leaves the users free to add more features or not because what I prefer of the internet experience is the speedy of getting information and doing connections.

        • Dave Parrack
          April 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm

          Speed is your number one concern then :)

  91. Wayne
    April 12, 2012 at 3:50 am

    I use firefox , google chrome and opera on my laptop. I use Opera Mini on my android phone.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Is there anything you prefer about one or the other?

    • Knut
      April 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Can Opera identify and render as iPhone on Android?

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