I remember Firefox being the benchmark by which other browsers were judged. Now Chrome is that benchmark. And everytime I wonder what Firefox is missing, I think of a feature that is already in Chrome (easy browser profile management, tabbed processes). Maybe Firefox can secure its position in the Chrome era by doing what Chrome can not.
When historians look at the history of the Web ten or twenty years from now, chances are they will point to Firefox as one of the most important products of the last ten years. But right now, it’s hard not to look at Firefox and worry a little bit about its future.
At the height of its success, around 2010/11, Firefox owned more than a quarter of the browser market in the U.S. and almost a third in Europe. Today, those numbers are much lower in most regions (though Germans still love Firefox more than any other browser). The exact numbers always depend on who you ask, but the trend is the same everywhere — and it’s not looking good for Mozilla’s browser.
Google’s Chrome launched at a time when Firefox development felt stagnant. I remember firing up Chrome for the first time back in 2008 and…
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