That happened a long time back. Now it seems that the once beloved browser is now in the same situation with the majority of its former users. I personally feel that the browser lost its roots in version 12, but it was showing signs of becoming yesterdays news long before that. The trouble wasn’t too many addons, although there were plenty of conflicts, nor was it lack of support. Overall they were killed by countless updating, lack of a good user interface and, mainly, speed. They simply slowed down, considerably.
Then came Chrome. It’s fast, simple and doesn’t position itself as the purveyor of your Internet session, but your good buddy who has great ideas but pretty much lets you take control. Firefox wanted to BE your Internet and it just asked for too much, gave too little.
Personal pet peeve was the number of updates, which continues to this day. Every week or so they’re prompting you for the new version. Come on guys, no one wants to be pestered with countless tweaks.
So Now CBS is reporting that Chrome has overtaken Internet Explorer. Thank you Lord! While Firefox may be dead to me (except for one add on called firebug and browser testing purposes) IE is the bane of a web developers existence. IE is truly exceptional in one way, how terrible it is at displaying simple web pages. Ironically, the only thing it is supposed to do, it does horribly. They even have the audacity to stick in “compatability view” for those sneaky pages that, what?, display HTML? Jokers.
A study by software maker Adobe Systems shows Chrome with 31.8 percent of the browser market, compared with 30.9 percent for IE and 25 percent for Apple’s (AAPL) Safari. Mozilla Firefox’s share of the market dropped to 8.7 percent, from almost 20 percent in just a couple of years.
The shift underscores the importance of free software in a continuing three-way battle between Google, Microsoft and Apple for control of how consumers interact with the Internet. Both Google and Apple enjoy the advantage of large mobile presences, which allows them to promote their own browsers. In addition, Google has gained significant ground on PCs.