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Bye Bye Firefox, Hello Chrome? The Race for Second Place


According to new data released by StatCounter, Google’s Chrome Web browser could possibly become the second most popular, knocking Firefox down to third place. The data also shows this second place, behind Internet Explorer, could happen no later than December.

Chrome’s popularity has been astonishing and growing rapidly since 2008. They just celebrated their 3rd anniversary.

ComputerWorld shares, “As of Wednesday, Chrome’s global average user share for September was 23.6%, while Firefox’s stood at 26.8%. IE, meanwhile, was at 41.7%.”

What’s the reasoning behind the growth? You could say it’s because Chrome is more user-friendly and so naturally people will start to flock or you could say it’s because it’s owned by Google. I am sure their TV ads are helping somewhat.

Mozilla did release a browser update, Firefox 7, which claims faster web browsing. Have you downloaded it and noticed a difference? Also, which web browser do you use and why?

Firefox May Be Getting a More Modern Look


Mozilla designer Stephen Horlander posted a set of screenshots, which he calls “really early mockups”, for what might be some new design possibilities. These new designs were part of an internal meeting and were up for discussion to talk about different designs. Some are out of date, but some could possibly be the future of Firefox. You can see the entire set here.

Although there’s no word when or if the design will change, according to TechCrunch, we could see these changes sometime in the near future.

Here’s a run down of some of the changes that are noticeable from the mockups:

  • No more search bar
  • Full screen mode
  • More room for content
  • Tabs have a rounder curve
  • Only active tabs have the round curve, which identifies what is currently open easier
  • New menu which includes tasks like copy, paste, new tab and more

So far, I like what I see and I think Firefox is due for a change. What kinds of features would you like to see in a new Firefox design?

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