Power Users Will Stick to Firefox
Yes. For the first time here on LifeSpy, I’m making a bold prediction. Google’s browser, Google Chrome has made so much buzz over the web and the blogosphere that some even though that it’d smother Firefox and give IE a stifling kick in the nuts. For a minute there, I thought so too.
However, not even a couple of days into using Google Chrome, I found myself launching again. I thought it was simply a force of habit but for the subsequent days, I knew what was wrong with Chrome. I am a power user and my Firefox has been fully customized to my use. Aside from about:config tweaks, my Firefox is loaded with just about all the add-ons I need to quicken my web work. These things Chrome just doesn’t have.
Anyway, Chromium (from which was made) developers posted this web document on Chrome User Experience. It contains a lot of information regarding the reasons behind the UI but let me direct you to this quote in the Options section – “Over time, we hope to reduce the number of options further.”
they make valid points here. Not everyone’s a power user anyway. However, as is, Chrome just doesn’t provide the full control that Firefox allows. I have to admit that the speed and stability of Chrome blew me away. But speed and stability is variable depending on the things that you do on your browser. Not having my Greasemonkey scripts running made me feel crippled.
With Chrome headed to be a dumbed-down browser for the rest of the web surfing population (casual users), I’m sure power users will be content using Firefox. Unless some dude hacks into Chrome and gives it full customization, I’m sticking to my favorite browser. Now, wouldn’t it be nice to have Firefox’s tabs running as separate processes like Chrome?
September 14, 2008 Sunday at 4:42 pm