Remember when you ditched Firefox for Chrome and pinkie-swore you’d never go back? Yeah, me too. But recently I needed to test a Web-based app in Firefox, so, with some hesitance, I took the plunge and installed it.
I opened the browser, and saw a lean, minimalist user interface with cool, gray icons on the toolbar. But where was orange-y Firefox? Did I launch the wrong browser?
Turns out, the good folks at Mozilla took their shrinking market share to heart and fought back with one of the most notably improved products I have seen in recent memory. Impressive performance improvements (Mozilla claims that Firefox is now the fastest of the top three browsers), a customizable menu and toolbar, 64-bit architecture, streamlined ‘reading’ view, and a way-better-than-Chrome-or-IE settings manager that could easily set a new standard.
Firefox also boasts excellent browsing privacy. I don’t like snoopware, and the Web browser behemoths have been getting on my nerves lately. Snoopware isn’t just cookies. If you’re a Chrome user on Windows, take a look at the processes running in your Task Scheduler in Windows. You are likely to find at least two, sometimes more, such as Google updater and other Chrome-related tasks running in the background on your PC or laptop pretty much around the clock. And just when you thought you had defeated rogue processes by tweaking your msconfig settings.
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