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Media reports Chrome choking Firefox? Who uses Chrome?


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Reports this week that Chrome has overtaken Firefox and is closing gap with I.E.

It appears that now Google is directing users to Chrome at the expense of Firefox who get a lot of their revenue from Google who in turn could turn this off gradually.

I have never used Chrome, what do you think about how it performs compared to the other two main players?

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There is no question, Chrome has become an excellent browser. I have found some issues however, with it's handling of some javascript. But in truth, I don't know enough about javascript to know whether it's the script itself that is causing the problems, or the way Chrome processes it.

Firefox on the other hand, while starting off really good, has become a bloated monster that has consistent memory retention problems that it's developers can't seem to solve. Power users (including me) are able to crash it on a regular basis. Why do I still use it? Because it's strength lays in a huge repository of plugins that make my development life far easier.

IE is the pits - end of story.

It's incapable of rendering the latest web standards and is every web developers worst nightmare. You spend more time trying to make a site render properly in IE than any other browser on earth! Having said that, the latest version is better, but still nowhere near the others for following web standards.

The most underrated one of all and one that gets very little attention is Opera. It is stable, relatively fast (though not as fast as Chrome) and has some very nice features.

Safari, whilst it renders sites beautifully, tends to be slow compared to the others, particularly on older hardware. It's classic Steve Jobs - the vision is everything.

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