Dave Farrington on how we benefit from the browser wars:
As best I can tell, browsers on the Mac are a dime a dozen. Maybe less. The major browsers– Google’s Chrome, Apple’s Safari, Mozilla’s Firefox, and some Chinese company’s Opera– are free, fast, packed with goodies. In other words, they’re about all the same, right?
Not quite. Mozilla seems to have found a niche to put itself out of a hole.
The latest Firefox is called Firefox Quantum and is the result of a year long project where Mozilla tried to re-invent the browser. The end product is, well, another browser. It looks like a browser. It works like a browser. So, it’s a browser. It’s also the fastest browser I’ve ever used and if it came with a built-in virtual private network (VPN) like you find in the latest Opera, I’d use it more than Safari.
How fast is fast?
Firefox Quantum is fast. Which is to say visible faster than Chrome, faster at loading webpages than Safari, and, at least for the Mac, uses less memory and that uses less battery. In terms of look and feel, Quantum looks and feels like Opera but without some of the sidebar features. One feature you will like if you browse like me– a couple of dozen webpages open in tabs– is how fast it is to click to switch to each window.
Try it. Firefox is fast. And I agree about the need for Mozilla to push more into privacy; a VPN would be nice. So would not having Google as the default search engine in Firefox, but that would cut off Mozilla’s revenue stream.