Back in 2011 I finally got fed up with Firefox. It was slow, crashing every few moments, and often it would hang. Suffice to say, I was not a happy camper. I tried Chrome, fell in love, and haven’t looked back.
Fast forward to 2017. Up to a few days ago I had a déjà vu feeling. Chrome was getting slow, it crashed daily, and it would hang often – especially on YouTube. The only difference being was difficulty of killing Chrome as it consists of multiple processes and some of them cannot be easily killed.
I did entertain idea of Edge for a day just to find it is still a piece of crap, less capable than even Internet Explorer, and incapable of properly handling shortcut toolbar editing. I also though of Safari for a moment but decided against it purely based on dislike of version I installed three years ago.
At the end I gave Firefox a try and now, month later, I am still using it.
Move itself was uneventful and definitively not a big jump. Interface is similar enough to Chrome to a point I mostly don’t even notice I switched – the only minor annoyance is having all downloaded files under menu. It is a bit lower on memory but not much. Not sure it is faster. Bookmark sync works flawlessly.
But the biggest benefit is that it is rock solid. It is essentially what Chrome was for me a year ago. Shows web pages and doesn’t get in the way. Knowing history, I won’t stay with Firefox forever. But I’ll enjoy it for now in hope Chrome will fix their code before Firefox spoils theirs.