In recent times i have seen Mozilla Firefox browser is throwing its updates daily. I sleep one night with a version 3.6.9 and next morning I saw Firefox 4 and within few days its version goes to 11 without any major updates why are they are giving so many updates.
When it comes to release a new version people expect something new in it but Firefox fails to do so. Look at internet explorer, every time they release a new version they must apply some major changes in it.
I think Mozilla Firefox just wanted to win the race in version numbers since internet explorer is currently on 9th version. Mozilla is at 11th release.
Woaah!!! Firefox wins the race but only in version numbers.
Firefox is making all those fast changes because they are losing the race. Chrome is going through version numbers much faster and as Chrome gets further ahead of Firefox with its version numbers the percentage of people using Chrome is overtaking the number of people using Firefox. So Firefox is hoping that by trying to almost keep up with the version numbers that they might still retain some of their users rather than everyone switching to a superior browser - Chrome.
Meanwhile the best browser - Opera - which was at version 10 when Firefox was at version 3 is now at version 11.6 (since they are not racing through version numbers the way the others are).
I have been a faithful firefox user for a long time. A few versions ago, I was forced to switch to Chrome because firefox was always crashing when I used shockwave or flash. Once they updated it, it corrected the issue.
If they want to keep up with the others, they need to improve, greatly.
I think this is because version 11 is brand new and there are lots of bugs in new features.
Firefox version 11 really ought to be called version 4.7 as they really haven't done anything major in the way of changes since version 4. It os only because Chrome is updating version numbers really quickly like that for every little change that Firefox started doing the same. Presumably it is part of their attempt to slow the rate at which Chrome is overtaking Firefox as the second most popular browser. Perhaps they'll give up on this by the end of the year when Chrome is the most popular browser with Firefox and IE fighting it out for second spot (in the same way they are currently competing for worst browser - with Firefox gradually winning that contest).
You indeed have a strong point, having numerous versions in less amount of time is really great, but then what important most is how it effect the browser? For sure people would expect to that when a new version came it is faster, more exciting features, but then Firefox as you';ve said not all meet these requirements.
Just bear with Firefox and dont worry about their updates. Most of the plug-ins work fine and they are just trying to keep up with Chrome. We cant let Google over-take everything. My Android market has even been overpowered by them. I think they will end up in the same sort of legal trouble that Microsoft did soon.
Firefox has improved quite a bit, I could care less about chrome, but this "race" has promoted many improvements for Firefox, especially since IE with version 10 has also improved quite a bit, it makes the developers at Mozilla realize that procrastination and laziness is no longer acceptable
I'm a Firefox user because I use a lot of addons/plugins/extensions that simply just don't exist or are not as good with other browsers and their equivalents.
Does Chrome really update in the background? Is this why I've never seen Chrome prompt me to update to the latest version? I wish all browsers did this, then browser fragmentation, at least in the sense of feature support, could be kept at a minimum.
And I don't know what it is but I just can't get behind any other browser besides Firefox. It sits atop Safari and Internet Explorer in HTML5 support (at least according to html5test.com), personally I find firebug better than Chromebug, and maybe its just me but Firefox seems faster at loading than Chrome. Can't wait for FF20, which should be out in March.
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