Chrome set to overtake Firefox in Marketshare

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  1. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Chrome set to overtake Firefox in Marketshare

    I use Chrome on my Mac and my work PC currently

    I know there is a lot of discussion on which browser is "best" on which platform and configuration, but it is pretty interesting to see the growth of Chrome
     
  2. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Interesting stuff. I myself however, have never used Chrome and have no desire to do so. I'm hooked on Opera.
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    So Chrome and FF combined have more share than IE, but IE is still on top. Meh, I think IE still benefits from corporate IT not installing anything else on their computers. I have the ignominy of IE 7 on my desktop at work. :(

    I have not looked back at FF since I started using Chrome, although I do have some concerns about Google's information hegemony. Mostly because Chrome is faster/smoother and less intrusive. I might try an upcoming Firefox major release at some point, though, if it looks interesting.

    Do the Moz people have any kind of from-the-ground-up new browser kind of development going on? I don't think Chrome is the best thing the world will ever offer -- but I'd be more interested in a revolutionary jump from Mozilla than in an evolutionary jump.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    I use FF on windows but I'm increasingly getting more frustrated by it. It's a memory hig that brings my workstation (which only has a gig of ram) to a standstill. I'm not ready or willing to try chrome yet but I can see myself stop using Firefox in the near future.

    I use safari on my Mac, but due to incompatibilities on some enterprise applications its not a feasible replacement
     
  5. MacDawg thread starter macrumors P6

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    I agree, I think corporately, most just use the default of Explorer without much thought

    I had to download Chrome myself and I use it for almost everything at work now

    I never thought I would move from Safari on my Mac, but there came a time when it was killing me in RAM and I moved to Chrome to test it and never went back. That led me to use it at work as well. Firefox always seemed to be bloated and clunky to me, but I have used it some lately and I have been surprised by the improvements that have been made. Still a Chrome user though.
     
  6. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816

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    So, where is the 64-bit version of Chrome? I use Firefox primarily, but, also Chrome and Safari for different purposes. One reason that I prefer Firefox over Chrome is the 64-bit version, and, all the privacy/security related extensions available.

    I primarily use Chrome when I can't avoid going to certain glitzy flash-based websites that for some reason won't work with the 64-bit Flash plugin now available for Firefox/Safari.

    Safari is sometimes necessary to run certain Java applets correctly, and, a couple of other corner cases. But, it has nowhere near the privacy/security customizations available as Firefox.

    It always amazes me that on Windows, there are still people using IE. Thankfully, MS stopped supporting IE on Mac long ago.

    Regardless, I'm still looking for the 64-bit Chrome (and Earth, and, ...). What's with Google and 64-bit versions of their apps?
     
  7. OutThere macrumors 603

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    I use Chrome at work, but often have multiple browsers going depending on what I'm doing. I think it's the best browsing experience on Windows 7 right now. My coworkers (and millions more), however, seem to conceive of Internet Explorer as being "the internet". They also search google for "www.facebook.com". ;)
     
  8. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    What tangible benefit do you expect from a 64-bit version of Chrome?
     
  9. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    The only browser that I know of that has even has a 64 bit version out is IE. My understanding is a lot of things like java are not 64 bit yet so no real gain at all going 64 bit browser.

    I am not surprised this has happen. FF and Chrome are really good. My mom like FF and my dad likes Chrome. I am a chrome user.
     
  10. ChazUK macrumors 603

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    I had been using FireFox since it's early days when it was FireBird but eventually moved over to Chrome as FireFox got more "bloaty", now I can't imagine going back.

    With browsers the way they are today we're lucky that they're all striving for standards compliance.
     
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    Yeap I dump firefox for about a year now. really happy with chrome and flash build in into the browser.
     
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    yeah at 5%ish market share about where they were when Safari was released for Windows back in what 2003-2004. That should tell you volumes right there. Safari sucks. You have IE, FF, Chrome and then everyone else.

    Hell I find IE hell of a lot better than Safari. The only reason I even use it is for testing. Other wise it goes complete untouched (both OSX and PC)
     
  14. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3

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    You should give Chrome a try and see what you think. It is fast. I switched and haven't looked back.
     
  15. ender land macrumors 6502a

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    I like some things for both.

    I've yet to find a great mouse gestures addon for Chrome, but when I use Chrome it's on a laptop with a trackpad, so it's not a big deal, but other than that I think I prefer Chrome in all regards to FF.

    The extensions are just so much better done. No, I don't want to check for updates every time I open FF. No, I don't want to have to restart FF to get a new extension. Plus Chrome seems to have a lower "screen footprint" than FF in terms of wasted space which is nice.


    For dedicated desktop work I use FF but I prefer Chrome vastly for a 13" screensize.
     
  16. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816

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    Improved security.
     
  17. maflynn Moderator

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    I'll probably load it on my machine later today. I'll need to keep FF installed only for support reasons as part of my job is supporting the end user with some enterprise software. They use a mixture of IE, Safari and FF.
     
  18. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816

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    I use Firefox on Snowleopard -- FF has been 64-bits for months now, and use the 64-bit (Nightly) FF on Windows. (Lately, Nightly has gotten much better, so, I would say we are at Beta stage, rather than Alpha stage). I also much prefer the user interface and extensions in Firefox. I agree that FF is a memory hog, but, fortunately, my machines have either 3 or 4 GB.

    Chrome is OK, but, for some reason, there is little 64-bit activity except on Linux-- I'm not sure why. Not even with the open source Chromium build-it-yourself version. Chrome's biggest advantage on OS X is the integrated Flash, but, that is also a good reason not to use it as the default browser. BTW, in case you haven't looked lately, Adobe now has a credible 64-bit flash plugin for Snowleopard (not sure how it works on Lion). Works for me when I need it.

    Bottom line is that I keep trying other browsers, and, keep coming back to Firefox for the extensions and 64-bits.
     

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