Some days ago, I stumbled upon a problem with Firefox and Chrome: Volume cannot changed in Youtube! I don't have enough time, so I just switched to Internet Explorer, since Youtube is working fine in that browser.
My problems didn't end there. I wanted to go back to Firefox, after a long time using Chrome, so I started writing an article there. Then I realized that the scrolls of Blogger don't work very well in Firefox. Another bug.
I was willing to give Firefox as many chances as it may need, so I continued writing. As I kept going, I noticed that I missed the built-in grammar checker from Chrome.
Afterwards, when I was at work, I wanted to check a website that I bookmarked the day before, and I remembered that Firefox does not have synchronization with my Gmail account. This was the point when I realized that Firefox may be losing market share not because of lack of quality, but because it does not have the support from big Internet enterprises (e.g. Google). This wouldn't be the first time a quality product shrinks its market share because it doesn't have that kind of support. Linux is a great example of this: One of the main problems with that great OS is that we don't have good drivers, games, and specially commercial apps from big companies such as Microsoft.
Recently I received a mail by Apple, announcing the new iWork online services. I was very excited until I read this:
According to w3schools.com, right now Chrome is the most popular browser on Internet. And Firefox is missing the mobile market as well: Right now, there is no Firefox for iDevices, which is a great loss, since iOS represents a great part of the mobile Internet access, as we can see in the next table:
Here are some points I consider when using those web browsers:
- Firefox: The addons. There are a lot of useful addons, including DownTemAll and Firebug.
- Internet Explorer: There are some applications, especially developed by Microsoft, that only run properly in Internet Explorer. That means that this browser will never lose its market share completely. The stay, one way or another.
- Chrome: The synchronization with a Google account, the excellent mobile version, the total compatibility with Google's services, the built in flash plugin.
- Firefox: Lately, some weir bugs. No Firefox for Apple Devices.
- Internet Explorer: Lack of plugins, especially for the Metro version.
- Chrome: Lack of some addons that made Firefox cool to use.