Thursday, December 29, 2011

Firefox vs Chrome

I'm not your typical user.  I've not used MS Windows as my primary desktop for years.  These last 2 years my primary laptop is a MAC.  For the decade before that, it was Linux (RedHat, Fedora, or Ubuntu).  That doesn't mean I don't use Windows, it's just in a VM.  Sadly, there are some things I can't do without Windows.  For example, Outlook 2010 on Exchange is a much on Win 7 than Mac. Visio is another example. 

That being said, I'm not 100% opposed to Microsoft products.  I've just found them to not work as nice as non-MS products.  An example of this is Internet Explorer.  I've been on the web since I found the computer lab at college in the early 90's.  Back then I used Netscape Navigator... then when it morphed into Netscape Communicator... finally it went open source and Firefox was born.  I've never used IE as my primary browser, and dislike when a website forces me to use it.  Don't get me wrong, I've used IE and check it out from time to time.  I just always find myself going back to Firefox.

With Google's release of Chrome I've played with it from time to time.  I've even downloaded and tried to play with the Chromium OS (but that's another post).  It seems nice, but there's never been a reason to move.  Especially since Linux and Mac versions were always behind the Windows version.  Now it seems like it's time to give it another look.  With all of the cool extensions being released it looks like I might be missing out on something good.

Therefore, it's time.  Time to download, install, and test Chrome.  Tomorrow, I will start a 7 day Chrome-exclusive test.  The only time I will use IE or Firefox is to find a bookmark, saved password, or the annoying IE only sites I come across from time to time.

Let me know what your favorite features and extensions are.  I'm gonna need them!

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