It’s time to give up on Firefox – and here’s why

When Firefox first started coming to prominence 6 or 7 years ago, I was thrilled. Internet Explorer had by then become a burden to use; running slowly and crashing every couple of hours. Firefox was something fresh, something awesome.
For years, this continued to be the case, and from the day I discovered it, I always was a Firefox fan. In 2008, however, Google began quietly working on Chrome, a new browser whose primary aim was to be fast. Just a few years later, and with widespread advertising, as well as top notch performance, Google Chrome is the world’s most popular browser.

The speediness, stylishness and sleekness of Chrome was above and beyond Firefox, so Mozilla had to do something to bring Firefox up to speed.. which they did. They launched the interface we see in Firefox today, as a beta. As a lover of Firefox at the time, and an early adopter, I downloaded this and absolutely loved it. Aside from one thing; it was shockingly buggy, slow and prone to crashing.

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I then remembered, I was beta testing! What the hell did I expect, trying out something very new which has barely been tested? “No worries”, I thought, “I’m sure it’ll be ironed out as time goes by”. I couldn’t have been more wrong..

This brings us to 2012. I was beginning to get fed up with Firefox. On my desktop PC, it was taking forever to open a new tab, and it was painfully slow. I still really liked the interface of Firefox, however. I tried to change to Chrome or Opera every so often, but I just preferred the look and feel of Firefox. It then came to my attention that my desktop PC was maybe not the best of machines to be running Firefox on. It was a Packard Bell machine, so consisted mostly of cheap, nasty components. Besides, it was getting quite old.

I wanted a fresh start for 2013 anyway, so I got a new laptop and decided on it being my main computer, so I could take it around with me and do everything I normally do, without being fixed to a desk. Out of habit, I installed Mozilla Firefox. Guess what? Perfect. Firefox ran seamlessly. It was fast, easy to use, and felt pretty decent.

Until now.

Just a couple of weeks into January, and we’re back to the same old ugly Firefox. Whilst it doesn’t take about 15 seconds to open a new tab like it did on my desktop, it is insanely laggy, and far from pleasant to use.

So today, I switched to Chrome, which means not only have Mozilla lost the mass market, they are now also losing their loyal fans. My question, however, is more.. What the hell are Mozilla actually doing!?

For years now, Firefox has been left to rot. It will do nothing but continue to lose it’s user base if Mozilla don’t fix it. They’ve taken what was once a prosperous and popular browser, and left it to become so shockingly awful, that I can think of only one way to describe it: the new Internet Explorer. Because whilst other browsers have been dominating, Microsoft have realised that they need to sort IE fast, and whilst not my browser of choice, IE10 is actually a pretty decent browser. What does that leave to fill the place for that slow, awful browser that no one likes? Yep, Firefox.

It’s sad to see it slip like that, but perhaps Mozilla have realised their loss to Google Chrome, and moved on to other things. Either that, or they really can’t run a business. Either way, their browser fails to run efficiently on a brand new, 8GB RAM, Core i7 Ivy Bridge laptop, and if they can’t make something that works well with that amount of resources available, then they’re incapable of making software, and need to call it a day.

Firefox is still a widely recognised name, and if Mozilla act upon the problems, I believe they could once again have a successful and, dare I say, brilliant browser. What are your thoughts on Firefox? Has it disappointed you? Let me know your comments.

Henry Cole

I'm an all round tech guy from Colchester, UK. I co-owned Geekily and regularly wrote here under "Geekily UK", but have since left the site to pursue other projects.

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3 Responses

  1. Julfo says:

    “So today, I switched to Chrome, which means not only have Mozilla lost the mass market…”
     
    So you were Mozilla’s mass market?! Interesting…
     
    Lel

    • “So today, I switched to Chrome, which means not only have Mozilla lost the mass market, they are now also losing their loyal fans. ”

      As in, they’ve already lost the mass market. That’s all the people who’ve moved to Chrome, making Chrome the most popular browser. I was identifying myself as part of the latter group, the loyal fans. I used to love Firefox, but it got so crap, I had to move.

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