Is Firefox Dying? Nah, Not Really.

Early Hype Over Firefox's Demise Is it me or is there a lot of fear, uncertainty and doubt going on surrounding the Firefox web browser? I think it all started from the news reports from last week saying that Google Chrome had barely surpassed Firefox market share. The real issue at hand here is that Firefox isn’t dying – it is the fact that everybody else has finally started to wise up and put out a better browser.

I think Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and even Opera should all thank Mozilla and Firefox for continuing to push the bar for innovative browsing. It doesn’t matter who had what feature first.  The thing that does matter is that with all the most recent browser innovations, like the search box or tabbed browsing – Firefox made it cool and useful to do so.

What Mozilla needs to do is find out what the next best feature is going to be.  What can they do that the other browsers can’t?

One more important feature to Firefox’s success is the huge fan base that Mozilla has built. Don’t write Firefox out of the browser wars just yet. I have a feeling that Mozilla will see to it that they stay competitive out there. The browser competition is good for all of us because it means we will get better web browsing experiences – no mater which browser we use.

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3 Responses to Is Firefox Dying? Nah, Not Really.

  1. Transcontinental Dec/06 at 10:25 am #

    It’s not only you.

    I’d be devastated to discover Firefox being hit off the road as Netscape had been and, should this happen, I’d switch to Number duo, that is Opera (Great Google, no haste, but not as a browser, thanks).

    Anyway, Chrome’s ascension may be exaggerated when counters’ stats not all agree. Chrome is rising for sure but maybe not to the point some say. Anyway in my belief no browser stands the overall features of Firefox, and i’ve tried them all. Just dress-up Chrome with 60+ extensions as I have with Opera and we’ll see how it strives for life :)
    Here Firefox baby 9 beta 4, smooth fast and secure, twickable and twicked ! Go Fox Go !

  2. Dwight Stegall Dec/23 at 2:34 am #

    Anyone that believes Firefox is dying probably also believes in Bigfoot and the Lockness Monster. :)

  3. Sean S Jan/03 at 4:11 pm #

    The rapid release cycle that Firefox has engaged in is causing people to leave Firefox in droves.

    Most IT departments are abandoning FF because specific functionality, add-on dependencies, and stability testing are truly taxed by this rapid release cycle making it unmanageable for most IT departments.

    Additionally, browser hangs in FF have become exceedingly common in FF 6, 7, 8, and 9.

    If you don’t think there is a serious problem here then you are ignoring what is going on the mozilla forums, the developer in-fighting at Mozilla and the general discontent in the user base.