There is a browser that gets more and more market shares: the Google Chrome Browser! And even fellow Firefox fans (like myself) are starting to use Google Chrome recently. But why?
Let´s start with the advantages of both browsers.
Things that I really like in Google Chrome:
- It is really fast: loading new pages or opening a chrome browser window is definitely fast.
- It is still fast even after adding dozens of Chrome Extensions!
- The Google Chrome User Interface is very simple and not polluted with unnecessary features that you don´t use regularly
Things that I like in Firefox:
- Firefox still has the biggest variety of useful Firefox Plugins
- Since Firefox is together with Internet Explorer the most popular browser, all the webdesigners test their sites in Firefox – and you can be pretty much sure that every website works fine while browsing through the web
- It is an open-source browser
Reasons why I will no longer use Firefox as my primary browser:
- The more plugins you add to Firefox, the slower it tends to be – that doesn´t happen in Chrome. Since I want to have many plugins and there are now also quite a bit of cool Chrome Plugins, I better go with Google Chrome.
- The way how extensions are implemented in Google´s minimalistic UI is much cooler. No more toolbars-crap that polluted the Firefox user interface.
Reasons that prevent me from fully switching to the Google Chrome Browser:
- There are some Firefox plugins I can´t live without that are (not yet) available for Google Chrome like for example Selenium IDE for QA testing or Firebug (the Chrome version of Firebug Lite didn´t really convince me so far)
- Google Chrome is not yet on everybody´s “browsers-to-test” list => from time to time you can see smaller design bugs while browsing through the web
In the end I couldn´t fully switch to Chrome due to some plugins that I just need for work, but for the everyday use I now prefer Chrome, because of the good speed performance and the convincing user interface.
BTW: I skipped comparing Google Chrome with Internet Explorer, because I just assume that no web developers, webdesigners and web product managers seriously use Internet Explorer for the following reasons: (Ok, for browser testing purposes it makes sense to watch your sites through IE eyes from time to time)
- I don´t personally now people working in the internet industry that personally prefer Internet Explorer
- If I look into webproductblog.com Google Analytics, I can only see a very small percentage of around 15% IE users
If you don´t agree with that and know a good argument to use IE, please let me know and write a comment below!