I have been an enthusiastic user of Firefox for over 9 years. I’ve convinced dozens of people to switch from IE, I’ve guerrilla-installed it on other people’s computers, and I have generally been a fanboy.
But as of this evening, Firefox is dead to me.
I can live with Firefox being a memory hog, and I can live with the increasing instability (it crashes about once every other week), but earlier this evening Firefox crossed the one line I cannot ignore.
As of two hours ago, the Firefox web browser on my laptop stopped being able to access the admin pages on my blog. It returns a 400 error, which will not go away no matter what I do.
As much as I hate change, I cannot cope with an app which is this screwed up. Firefox has to go.
And so I wrote this post in Chrome.
I’ve already moved my bookmarks, confirmed the the logins details transferred, and I have installed several of the plugins I can’t live without (Adblock Plus, Ghostery, etc). Over the next few days I plan to transfer one activity or task at a time, and once I have fully migrated to Chrome I will gleefully delete Firefox.
I’ve had Chrome as my backup web browser for several years now, and I have been intending to switch to it for at least a year now; I’ve even said that “I am one bored weekend away” from junking Firefox. Thanks to the latest utter fuck-up from Firefox I am switching sooner rather than later.
And I am not the only one to make the switch.
The latest data from Adobe tells us that Chrome is the leading web browser in the US. With a 32% share, Chrome edged out Internet Explorer (31%) and handily beat Safari (25%). Firefox, on the other hand, came in a distant 4th place with under a 9% market share.
As I reported back in June:
With 8.7%, Firefox come in a distant but not too surprising 4th place. Mozilla’s web browser has suffered a steady decline from nearly 20% market share three years ago; Adobe says that the decline is due to the lack of a mobile browser, but I say it a result of Firefox becoming increasingly less pleasant to use.
Chrome is readily trouncing Firefox and IE, and we need look no further than the global data offered by Statcounter to see that Chrome accounts for 38% of the web browsers tracked by the analytics. IE comes in second with 15.5%, and Firefox is still holding on to a distant third place, but as you can see in this chart Chrome is trending steadily upward while FF and IE are trending downward.
This might be news to you, but I for one am not surprised. My user experience with Firefox has grown steadily worse over the past few years, so I can easily imagine that users are abandoning it in droves.
What about you? Have you made the switch from Firefox to a better web browser?