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Firefox drops to third place
Chrome is the second most used browser behind Internet Explorer globally

The browser wars have raged for years. Generally, the winner in the market has been Internet Explorer thanks to the overwhelming number of computers worldwide that run the Windows operating system (and don’t bother to change their default browser). For a while now the second most popular web browser has been Firefox, but there have been some changes in the market according to the latest stats.
 
StatCounter's latest numbers for the browser market show that Google Chrome has passed Firefox to take the second place spot. Firefox is still in a very close third place. Firefox had been kicked back to the third place spot in the UK in July of 2011 reports TechCrunch, so a global second place win isn’t that surprising for Chrome.
 
Chrome now has 25.7% of the worldwide market as of last month and Firefox has 25.23% of the market. Internet Explorer is still dominating the market with 40.63% of the global share.
 
In the U.S., Internet Explorer has even more of the market with 50.66% share.
 
In September, Firefox released version 7 of the browser specifically to address memory issues that plagued older versions of the browser. 

Source: TechCrunch



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Android browser == chrome??
By tlbj6142 on 12/1/2011 1:28:03 PM , Rating: 2
I see very few people using Chrome (I do for gmail only) compared to FF (my primary home browser) and IE (my work browser).

Is the default Android browser tracked under the "Chrome" name? If so, that may explain the increase.




RE: Android browser == chrome??
By Sazar on 12/1/2011 1:46:28 PM , Rating: 4
Since we are all sharing anecdotal evidence, I only use Chrome on all 3 of my personal systems and IE9 on my work system due to network and application compatibility, no FF on any of my systems for the past year and a half.

The net increase is due to Chrome just working and working extremely fast for it's users and the fact that it is advertised on the Google homepage.


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By rs1 on 12/2/2011 7:20:11 PM , Rating: 4
There's no need for anecdotes. Chrome is a vastly superior browser compared to Firefox, so it follows logically that more people would use it. Enough said.


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By FastEddieLB on 12/4/2011 12:36:06 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
The net increase is due to Chrome just working

quote:
just working


Apple: It Just Works.


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By TakinYourPoints on 12/1/2011 2:01:37 PM , Rating: 3
Depends on your circles I guess. I mostly know people who use Chrome. I've been a Chrome user since the beginning and I can't imagine using anything else at this point, so clean and fast.


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By jimbojimbo on 12/1/2011 3:09:39 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, clean, fast and efficient! I can't imagine using anything besides Chrome as well and it's on both of my work computers and on all three of my home computers, not even counting my Chromium laptop. I use IE when I have to at work and for things that require it like my IP camera. Then on one of my home computers I use Firefox only for anonymous browsing since its set to only use TOR for all browsing.

Chrome though is my main browser of choice for everything. It's so fast!


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By Reclaimer77 on 12/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: Android browser == chrome??
By phatboye on 12/1/2011 3:48:41 PM , Rating: 4
I have a modern computer without an SSD. But I do have to agree that the difference in page loading times is irrelevant when comparing web browsers. One may load a page in 50ms the other in 60ms who the hell cares it's all the same. This isn't a fast paced FPS shooter we are talking about, this is a web browser loading a mostly static HTML page. So when I hear people bragging about how one browser loads pages faster than another I just ignore them.

That being said, I do like competition in the browser market. Ever since Chrome came out Mozilla has been working on decreasing Firefox's memory requirements and working even harder to comply with web standards. Overall this is a good thing and hopefully Mozilla will produce a better browser because of the competition.


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By TakinYourPoints on 12/1/2011 4:28:22 PM , Rating: 5
I've been using SSDs for over two years now and Chrome is certainly faster. Sorry you can't tell the difference.


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By Reclaimer77 on 12/2/2011 6:50:26 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
I've been using SSDs for over two years now and Chrome is certainly faster. Sorry you can't tell the difference.


Okay you're funny. The latest version of Firefox is dead even with Chrome in page load tests. You're dealing with outdated information, all of you. Chrome is no longer faster than Firefox. I'm not sure what "difference" you're noticing, but it's all in your heads.

In fact Firefox 9 is looking pretty awesome and promises to be even FASTER. The best browser out there just get's better and better.


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By rs1 on 12/2/2011 7:36:46 PM , Rating: 3
It's not just about page load time. It's about how long it takes to switch between tabs, or open a new tab, or close an existing one. I agree with you that page load time is essentially identically between *every* major browser.

But the subjective experience of using Chrome compared to using Firefox or using IE *feels* significantly quicker. And it has nothing to do with the page-load times that you are harping on. It's about the responsiveness of the application itself, not how fast it parses and renders HTML.


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By Reclaimer77 on 12/2/2011 7:40:54 PM , Rating: 1
But the tabs are already loaded, you're just switching from viewing one to the other. It happens instantly. If there's a delay in this process, that's a local issue, not a browser one.


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By tastyratz on 12/5/2011 11:45:18 AM , Rating: 2
I want to like chrome, but I am a tab hoarder sometimes having hundreds open at a time. I know I shouldn't, but it is how I operate. I would love to see "workspaces" which would be ideal to me. I open tons of pages on a subject and do lots of research, then leave them in a window for when I am prepared (for example, before doin a specific job on my car or home). many pages are not worth bookmarking, nor taking the cumbersome steps to do so. They are 1 time use important but disposable tabs.
Chrome is minimalistic and good for the minimalistic browser. Firefox seems to be the only one powerful enough to do what I need on that scale and still remain relatively stable. I also find myself with a SLEW of specific plugins for firefox I simply could not live without in chrome...


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By jtemplin on 12/5/2011 10:01:52 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone worrying about browser performance clearly doesn't have a fast enough computer. My PC crushes through any browser no matter what. So its just a question of add-ons and features.

I use Ad-block plus, NoScript and BetterPrivacy. Keep my web content on the filtered tip. Pretty sure there is no chrome eqvuivalent.

Also, not sure why people are mentioning SSDs. Not relevant at all to page load speed. Its all CPU/RAM. Maybe loading a cached page...?


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By wordsworm on 12/1/2011 6:08:40 PM , Rating: 3
That's not true. I have an old slow machine, and FF is just as fast as Chrome. But, Chrome crashes more, and it's not as easy to modify as FF. So, I'll stick with FF.

I think the only reason Chrome is passing FF is because of the Android slates that are selling in massive quantities these days.


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By Lugaidster on 12/1/2011 8:12:24 PM , Rating: 2
I for one like Chrome better. I'm more used to it's minimalistic interface.

The "Chrome is faster" comment is probably more of a residual prejudice from the FF 3.x days. Back then, my "crappy" (by your standards) laptop certainly ran Chrome better. It's sort of like saying IE9 sucks because previous versions did, when IE9 is a pretty decent browser. It's a shame that it's already outdated because of the long release cycle, though.

BTW, not everyone has the money to go buying SSDs today, we are in a global recession FYI. Besides, SSDs are pretty expensive in international markets (add around a 50% on top of North American prices). When you take price into account you'll see why they aren't that widespread in spite of all their benefits. I myself have been eyeing out a Crucial M4 for quite a while for my laptop but decent capacities are just too expensive in my country (around 350 USD for a 128 GB version).

Everyone probably wants to have the greatest-and-latest in technology, but there are other things to consider besides that. BTW, there are better ways to showoff your new and shiny SSD.


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By wordsworm on 12/4/2011 7:29:02 AM , Rating: 2
The biggest things for me are the customizable nature of FF. It's just so easy. For example, I have a lock on FF at work so that I can store passwords on it without risking some coworker going onto my work computer and accessing my email. I have a ribbon of bookmarks that contains the 10 or so most visited sites that I go to. 95% of my surfing is from habit, and the icons on the ribbon make it really easy to access them with a single click. For my blog, I often use Zemanta. I'm using it less these days, but my point is that FF is extremely easy to customize to my own specific needs. Chrome has never managed to do that for me.

Speed wise, I've never really noticed a difference. However, when I want to go to isohunt, FF used to redirect me to a Yahoo 404 site. It doesn't do that any more (just looked), but it was the only reason I used Chrome. Also, one more thing - I do keep a separate Facebook page that I give to students and coworkers so that I can keep my private life and professional life separate. It's easier to store that email address and that Facebook IDs on a separate browser from FF. Maybe there's a better way (like another FF plugin) to achieve that end.

But even the idea that Chrome is better and more stable - well, FF does crash from time to time, but so does Chrome. I haven't seen a difference there. Thus, I find FF still to be much better suited to my needs than Chrome.


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By nocturne_81 on 12/4/2011 12:51:01 PM , Rating: 1
Well, I have an SSD also.. And I still notice quite a performance increase with Chrome vs all but a few nightly builds of FF. Though, what I consider performance in a browser has nothing to do with page load/rendering times -- it's all about ease-of-use.. Throughout thousands of pages, I might save a total of a few seconds in page loading times using one browser over another, while a simple and incredibly functional interface increases productivity much, much more.

Also, I doubt many browser benchmarks come close to the amount of abuse I put my system through.. At the moment, I have 5 windows open in Chrome, each with at least 20 tabs (don't ask, hehe). Trying the same is nearly impossible in ie9 without the shell crashing, and while it may work successfully in FF, performance of the browser as a whole is incredibly crippled.

I originally switched over to Chrome right after it's initial release purely for it's reliability. I had recently built a new system and had been unlucky enough to have received a bad memory module, and IE and my previously preferred FF refused to run for more than a few moments without crashing. Chrome ran great -- and after becoming accustomed to it's extremely intuitive user interface, I even convinced my 72yr old father to make the switch as well.


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By jvillaro on 12/2/2011 11:45:39 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know if it's just me but Chrome is the most RAM consuming browser. Every time I check it's hogging sh!t loads of memory.


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By SkullOne on 12/1/2011 3:51:24 PM , Rating: 3
No currently the Android browser is not "Chrome", although an official Chrome port is on the way.


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By TSS on 12/1/2011 8:38:16 PM , Rating: 2
I'd like to think the increase is explained by the fact that when i installed chrome, it used 1/3 of the memory firefox was using while it booted up 3 times as fast.

I know of one guy i converted to chrome, because he couldn't belive it really used less RAM, i told him it did use less, he installed and one look at task manager later he ditched FF too for chrome. But then again for him memory was an issue.

I had to re-install firefox the other day for a browser based game that uses a firefox addon. Which IMO is probably the reason firefox hasn't been completly replaced. The add-ons out there for firefox beat chrome and IE combined by far. You can really tailor firefox to your needs. Chrome remains.... bare. Good for day to day browsing but less suited for special stuff.

For general browsing, at the moment, chrome is king. That'll change again though. Lol i remember that 40% for IE was 95%......


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By RjBass on 12/1/2011 11:16:23 PM , Rating: 2
So I guess in Chrome you have never clicked on the tool bar up on the top right of your screen, gone to tools, then extensions and then browsed the thousands of Chrome extensions and skins to choose from then hunh? And the apps you can build in to Chrome, heck my kids are playing Angry Birds with the Chrome version.

In my opinion Chrome makes FF look inferior in every way.


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By Reclaimer77 on 12/2/2011 6:52:37 PM , Rating: 2
Oh wow Chrome has thousands of extensions finally? Welcome to the party!!! Firefox users sorta were enjoying that literally YEARS ago already, fyi.


RE: Android browser == chrome??
By jonmcc33 on 12/2/2011 12:16:05 AM , Rating: 3
I use Comodo Dragon, which is built from open-source Chromium and recognized as Chrome. I haven't used Firefox in years. I gave up due to the stability issues and constant memory problems with Javascript.


Where did they get these stats anyhow?
By sdebeaubien on 12/1/2011 1:11:39 PM , Rating: 2
If you goto w3c you can see that Firefox is #1, followed by Chrome in #2. IE has slipped way down this year.

http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.a...

It depends who's keeping the stats I guess.




RE: Where did they get these stats anyhow?
By dalelarsen on 12/1/2011 1:35:51 PM , Rating: 3
W3schools only tracks visitors to their site, which is a horrible way to display stats. You shouldn't be trusting w3schools anyway, http://w3fools.com/

StatCounter is a little better on how they get their stats. They get their stats based on "...pageviews per month collected from across the StatCounter network of more than 3 million websites". This means their stats are only based on users websites who use their services. They don't claim that their stats reflect the real world, but it reflects what they know based on the stats they get from their user's websites.

I have found that netmarketshare is the best to rely on, which shows that chrome is still in 3rd.

http://marketshare.hitslink.com/browser-market-sha...

@Dailytech, it should be pointed out that these stats may not reflect totally true data. Other websites report drastically different stats.


By dalelarsen on 12/1/2011 1:43:40 PM , Rating: 2
NetMarketShare (http://www.netapplications.com/Default.aspx) reports 5,539,949 users, and rising, and 11,534 partners (almost twice as many as StatCounter). That would give them a lot more websites and users to more reliably report browser statistics than StatCounter.

I think that almost debunks this article.


RE: Where did they get these stats anyhow?
By Reclaimer77 on 12/1/2011 3:00:20 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah I'm just flat out NOT buying that Chrome is beating Firefox. No way.


By jonmcc33 on 12/2/2011 11:18:15 AM , Rating: 2
By wordsworm on 12/1/2011 6:40:34 PM , Rating: 2
W3Schools is a site used by many people as a reference for a variety of web-related languages. It's natural that such people are more advanced than people who are largely just online to chat and surf. I'm not putting those people down by any stretch, but the average person knows little about browsers and why they should switch from Chrome or IE to FF for a better surfing experience.


These stats are bogus
By dalelarsen on 12/1/2011 3:34:46 PM , Rating: 3
You can all stop arguing about which browser is better cause these stats are not accurate.

As I mentioned in reply to other comments these stats do not show real data. Relying on StatCounter alone does not give enough evidence. Just today eweek also reported different stats:

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Desktops-and-Notebooks/Mi...

Which coincides more closely with the stats reported by NetMarketShare:
http://www.netmarketshare.com/browser-market-share...

This article is false (if you ask me and the stats).




RE: These stats are bogus
By V-Money on 12/1/2011 4:08:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You can all stop arguing about which browser is better cause these stats are not accurate.


What does that have to do with this argument, IE still has the most users. According to that logic we can just say that IE is the greatest.

Back to the argument, I used to use Mozilla back in the day, switched to Firefox when it first came out and used it until about 17 months ago. I had chrome installed but never used it until I got some annoying malware that for some reason only affected Firefox and IE, so I started using Chrome. When I cleared the malware (about 2 weeks later) I went to use Firefox again and it just didn't seem as good, so I've been using Chrome ever since. For the record, I also have tons of bookmarks and I love the integrated bar at the top, I don't know why people see that as an issue.


RE: These stats are bogus
By dalelarsen on 12/1/2011 5:00:30 PM , Rating: 2
V-Monkey, great point! I only meant its almost pointless to thrash either browser based on which one was better cause of the stats. Many have said, "no wonder chrome passed firefox, its better". That's an opinion, and the fact is chrome hasn't passed FF yet.

So if we want to keep arguing... Here is my 2 bits. I use both simultaneously. I am a web developer and I test my projects on all browsers constantly. While chrome is cool and fast and fun, its still behind FF in some ways. Its got all the features but hasn't perfected them yet. Chrome is like the really fast talented football player. Where FF is the seasoned all around player, and not really all that much slower I would add.

It takes me only a little bit more work to get things working correctly on chrome where they almost always work in FF on my first implementation, I won't even start with IE :{

I have ran into several significant bugs in chrome. I have been involved in the bug process for such bugs. I have also worked on a solution for 1 FF bug in the past too. I understand the battle behind the scenes pretty well. And FF is father along.

I love both, but until chrome has more time to iron out the wrinkles, FF is just a notch ahead in my book.

It all depends on your needs too. If you just surf the web and you care more about extensions, then find which one suits you best. But if you want to talk true implementation based on daily testing of different technologies, then I repeat, FF is more mature and chrome is learning fast.


RE: These stats are bogus
By dalelarsen on 12/1/2011 5:01:45 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry V-Money, wrote your name V-Monkey :)


RE: These stats are bogus
By V-Money on 12/1/2011 9:22:31 PM , Rating: 2
No problem, I figured as much. I also completely agree with you, and I love Firefox, I've just grown so accustomed to chrome that I have no reason to switch back. As for the arguing, I just like to read peoples responses. The valid points are nice because I can learn about the features I'm missing out on, and the invalid points are just amusing to me.


Not surprised
By corduroygt on 12/1/2011 1:17:17 PM , Rating: 3
Power of Firefox is in its extensions. I couldn't live without dwhelper and Adblock Plus. Most people don't care and are content with watching ads and not being able to download flash movies to their hard drive.




RE: Not surprised
By CList on 12/1/2011 1:25:58 PM , Rating: 2
While I agree (I'm a huge fan of Firebug and Ghostery), I haven't used Chrome enough to know whether such options are available there. I'm sure they have something like Firebug, but Firebug is just so damn good that I find it hard to believe that the Chrome option works as well... Making on-the-fly CSS changes in Firebug saves me tons of development time.

Interested in hearing opinions on that...


RE: Not surprised
By Reclaimer77 on 12/1/2011 3:10:54 PM , Rating: 1
Chrome has the shittiest addons or "extensions" I've ever seen. And there aren't many to see, I assure you. It appears that the developer community at large isn't interested in the Chrome platform. And no wonder. After all a recent study pointed out that 85% of Firefox users use add-ons, while only 33% of Chrome users do.

Probably why the idiots think Chrome is "faster", duh, they aren't running add-ons.


RE: Not surprised
By Lugaidster on 12/1/2011 8:22:25 PM , Rating: 1
If both browsers are the same in terms of speed (there's no way in hell FF is faster) and in term of compatibility, then it's the features and experience that make the browser. I don't think there's a fair way to say one is better than the other in that department since they have different objectives.

PS: Again with the trash talk... You sure are an asshole.


RE: Not surprised
By Skywalker123 on 12/6/2011 6:20:16 AM , Rating: 1
He can't help that he has self-worth issues,
AND he's an asshole.


RE: Not surprised
By sigmatau on 12/1/2011 5:37:35 PM , Rating: 2
IE9 let's you do many of the things on Chrome and Firefox that you couldn't with IE8.

I rarely use anything other than IE9 as I don't find anything missing, and I believe many users feel the same.

I only use Chrome about once a month or so when a page won't load correctly on IE9. Usually, my free adblocker is the cause of this. I can also save any non-drm video from IE9 with an add-on.


well done Chrome!!!
By comeuppance on 12/1/2011 2:17:44 PM , Rating: 1
I am not suprised either. Chrome has a far more appealing UI and its peformance trumps that of Firefox. Firefox is old, slow and bloated. Looks like Mozilla declared victory prematurely and paid the price. Some people say that Chrome is winning because of Google's power. I don't think so - I have seen a lot of Google products that failed. Chrome's victory is well deserved - it is simply the better browser and quality always wins out in the end.




RE: well done Chrome!!!
By inighthawki on 12/1/2011 3:23:49 PM , Rating: 2
I disagree. Using a mouse gestures addon (chrome doesnt have a good one) Im able to remove almost the entire UI of firefox down to tabs, address bar, search bar, and a convenient bookmarks dropdown. No menu buttons, no back/forward, home, stop, refresh, etc. It is incredibly slimmed down and saves on screen space.

As far as speed, it's practically a non-issue anymore. From the perspective of benchmark tests, your talking about the ability to gloat for one browser beating the other by a couple hundred milliseconds at most - literally the blink of an eye - for standard web pages. Chrome actually often uses more memory than firefox too, even before the tweaks in version 7.

I've tried using chrome several times and I have seen no serious advantages over firefox that would warrant my desire to abandon many incredibly useful addons.


RE: well done Chrome!!!
By wempa on 12/2/2011 3:48:18 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. Chrome is catching on like wildfire at work. I loved Firefox years back when I first discovered its tabbed browsing. Back then, it seemed to have much better performance. Over the last several years, it seems to have gotten so bloated and unstable that I had returned to using IE. Once a co-worker introduced me to Chrome, I switched and never looked back. At my company, almost everybody uses Chrome and IE for internal web app compatibility.


Version 8
By AnnihilatorX on 12/1/2011 12:25:46 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
In September, Firefox released version 7 of the browser specifically to address memory issues that plagued older versions of the browser.


And it's version 8 now...

I have nothing against rapid releases, but they need to sort out the extension system breaking compatibilities on some addons every 6 weeks




Chrome climbs to #2
By Zutronic on 12/1/2011 1:05:57 PM , Rating: 2
No surprise. It's fast! Firefox is a fantastic browser as well.




By Cygus on 12/2/2011 6:19:46 AM , Rating: 2
Just about every free app that i can think of has chrome bundled nowadays (Avast, etc..) Most users that install these are not tech savvy enough to skip the chrome installation or simply don't bother to read the prompts, opting just to say next, next , next.. Presto - Another pc with chrome on it!
How many free apps have you seen that comes bundled with firefox?? None that i know of, at least. Or far fewer than Chrome.




What about ie6..?
By nocturne_81 on 12/4/2011 1:00:22 PM , Rating: 2
It's amazing that after a decade, I'm sure that the leading browser is still actually IE6 (I tried to find an up to date survey that split up IE versions just the other day, to no avail).. which makes it hell being a web dev.

Likewise, as a web-dev I love chrome, especially when it comes to CSS3.. For example, in any other browser I can't guarantee that 'border-radius' will work without including several lines. IE9 may work, but for IE7 and IE8 I need to include a behavior script. In safari, depending on the version I have to use the 'khtml-' or 'webkit-' variants in order to work reliably. In FF, depending on the version, I need to use the 'moz-' variant. In chrome, I can use any variant, or just 'border-radius', regardless of the version.

Now, if only w3c will get off their @$$es and finally finish up the CSS3 spec..




Open Source FF
By The Raven on 12/5/2011 12:13:48 PM , Rating: 2
During all of this arguing about which is better or faster, why is there no weight placed on the fact that FF is free and powered by a non-profit and volunteers and Chrome is closed/partially open (or vice versa) and funded by Google (ever heard of them? ;-)

Yes the Russians had the better hockey team during it's communist days (by the numbers) but the US was free.

I just want to put it out there that there are those of us (freetards) who value freedom over a couple nanoseconds. So I stick with FF and Midori.




Chrome for Printing!
By lakedude on 12/23/2011 10:57:17 PM , Rating: 2
I use several browsers and I like Chrome best for printing. When you print from Chrome you get an in browser WYSIWYG preview that makes printing really easy.

I like Firefox best for a slow connection because of plugins like adblock and flashblock. Blocking that crap saves a lot of bandwidth!

It is handy to have more than one browser. If you have trouble with one, you can switch to another.

Fanboys of any one browser are missing out on all the great features of the other browsers they don't use!




how?
By Swampthing on 12/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: how?
By wushuktl on 12/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: how?
By Spuke on 12/1/2011 12:50:28 PM , Rating: 4
I guess you haven't used FF in a while. I can search my bookmarks by simply typing the url or website name or bookmark name in the address bar.


RE: how?
By SpartanJet on 12/1/2011 1:00:45 PM , Rating: 4
I can access my bookmarks in Firefox using a simple one button drop down menu organized in folders that doesn't take up ton of screen space using an inefficient bar, or having to dig through 3 levels of wrench menu just to get to my bookmarks.


RE: how?
By bobsmith1492 on 12/1/2011 5:07:59 PM , Rating: 2
I just have Google search as my homepage... open browser, type in name of site, tab to "I'm feeling lucky," bam, there.

Except Google search changed to that auto seach thing so tabbing to I'm feeling lucky doesn't now. :-(


RE: how?
By AstroCreep on 12/1/2011 1:48:29 PM , Rating: 2
A couple of observations:
-What if you start using a new system and haven't visited a site yet on it? It won't show up in your history bar. Is it hard to type in a full address? No, but what if you have forgotten a site you had been visiting on your old system or the complete spelling?
-Using bookmarks doesn't require me to remember the website addresses for all of the sites/resources I visit. Perhaps from a "Normal" browsing standpoint it's not a big deal, but being an IT guy for a large, multinational corporation requires that I manage (literally) hundreds of servers, many of which run websites. There is no way I am going to try and remember all of the various websites for which I am responsible.
-I not only use bookmarks to save my regularly visited sites, but also my IRREGULARLY visited sites. E.g., resources at my job that I only utilize on an "As needed" basis. I will also bookmark items that I may need as reference down the road. E.g., I'm working on rolling out Exchange 2010 at my new job. I did this at my last job, too, and whenever I came across a link/article that was helpful, I bookmarked it for reference, which has saved me a lot of time for this new implementation.

So while the side-mounted bookmark bar is one thing, having bookmarks is still quite helpful.


RE: how?
By quiksilvr on 12/1/2011 12:53:21 PM , Rating: 3
Because people use the bookmark bar on the top. If you have so many bookmarks, that it stretchs beyond the screen, chances are you would do a type search, right? Then just type up top and voila, your bookmark will show up automatically.

Plus there are extensions that let you customize your bookmark viewing to any way you want.


RE: how?
By biassj on 12/1/2011 12:54:16 PM , Rating: 2
Actually I hated this too, but I moved the bookmarks folder to the bookmarks bar and dragged it left.


RE: how?
By SpartanJet on 12/1/2011 12:54:31 PM , Rating: 2
Amen. How is having a huge bookmark bar any more simplistic than having a simple one button drop down menu for bookmarks. I also wonder why they have an option for a home button which is rarely used yet no drop down menu for bookmarks. Even Chromes addons can't do a proper drop down menu is baffling.


RE: how?
By kmmatney on 12/1/2011 1:59:25 PM , Rating: 2
Um - there is a one button drop down for bookmarks. On the right of the bookmark bar is the bookmark dropdown.


RE: how?
By kmmatney on 12/1/2011 2:00:23 PM , Rating: 2
You do have to open a new tab to see the bookmark bar and drop down, though. Maybe that is a bit strange, but you get used to it.


RE: how?
By V-Money on 12/1/2011 3:55:49 PM , Rating: 2
Or you could press ctrl+shift+b...just saying...


RE: how?
By SpartanJet on 12/1/2011 2:07:30 PM , Rating: 2
Why do I want a huge bar taking up screen space when I can have a favorites button right next to important controls like refresh, backwards, and forwards elegantly built into the browser like Firefox. I shouldn't need addons for this basic feature.


RE: how?
By kmmatney on 12/1/2011 1:57:41 PM , Rating: 2
You just use the bookmark bar for your most common bookmarks. It has a drop-down menu on the right you can easily select from for more obscure bookmarks. Works fine.


RE: how?
By jimbojimbo on 12/1/2011 2:37:34 PM , Rating: 2
I have the bookmarks bar display on top and you can create folders and place bookmarks in them. All very easy and even with the tabs, bookmarks, and address bars it still takes up a ton less space than Firefox or IE. So what's the problem again? Also, my bookmarks automatically sync up with my Gmail account so it's the same across all the computers I use. Firefox has the feature too but you know what, I've had a Gmail account forever so it's just easier that it uses that instead.


RE: how?
By tng on 12/1/2011 3:08:13 PM , Rating: 2
I heard somewhere that a study showed that people who use FireFox are, on average, more intelligent than people who use Internet Explorer.

Just saying...


RE: how?
By Etsp on 12/1/2011 4:58:07 PM , Rating: 2
I'm fairly certain that the "study" you're thinking of was a complete sham/marketing move of some survey company or something.

It's not that I disagree with the results, it's just the "study" was a sham.

I would like to see a study that compares internet browser of choice to intelligence/personality types though. The results would be interesting.


RE: how?
By V-Money on 12/1/2011 9:27:15 PM , Rating: 2
http://digitaljournal.com/article/309759

Don't worry, we all fall for hoaxes sometimes, I just recently found out that the original guy from blues clues didn't off himself. I believed it for so long because he always seemed like he was on edge.


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