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Google unseats Microsoft as the U.S. browser powerhouse

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    Google unseats Microsoft as the U.S. browser powerhouse

    Computerworld - Google has unseated rival Microsoft as the leading browser maker in the U.S. for the first time, Adobe said this week, citing data from its analytics platform.

    The rise in Google's domestic fortunes followed Microsoft's reduction to second fiddle worldwide in May 2013.
    According to the Adobe Digital Index (ADI), a measurement of browser usage based on tracking visits to the average U.S. website, Google's desktop and mobile browsers -- Chrome on both platforms, the aging Android browser on the latter only -- slipped past Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE), which retained its premier position on the desktop but had little to show for its effort on smartphones.

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    Hmmm......, I'm still a Firefox die-hard though!
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    Agree, Edwin - I use Firefox as default browser too. But, I have IE and Chrome both installed, just in case I need one of them.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    Paying the price

    It looks like Mozilla is paying the price for its:
    • Lack of a specific mobile version
    • Obsession with adding "fluff" instead of fixing issues

    I'm using Pale Moon (64 bit).
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    It is a sad time over at Mozilla.

    Cory explains ....

    Future versions of the open-source Firefox browser will include closed-source digital rights management (DRM) from Adobe,

    Still, Mozilla has taken some admirable pains to minimise the harms from its DRM.

    Mitchell Baker, the executive chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corporation, told me that “this is not a happy day for the web” and “it’s not in line with the values that we’re trying to build. This does not match our value set.”

    I understand that Apple, Microsoft and Google are for-profit entities that have demonstrated repeatedly that their profitability trumps their customers’ rights...

    I fully accept that Baker and Gal have taken this decision reluctantly and unhappily...And I accept that they have gone to enormous lengths to devise a DRM with as few harms as possible.

    I am devastated by this turn of events. The free and open web needs an entity like Mozilla to stand on principle, especially when the commercial internet world so manifestly stands on nothing but profits.
    Firefox’s adoption of closed-source DRM breaks my heart
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    For personal use I use Google and everyone I know does to, FF is second and IE third. When they tell every one to stop using it, they would have to expect some defectors
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    I'm surprised it's still first on desktops... Nobody knows it's dangerous?
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    I think the last time I used IE was around IE5. I only use it when "I have to". Like when I have to launch Microsoft Dynamics at work.
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    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).

    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I think the last time I used IE was around IE5. I only use it when "I have to". Like when I have to launch Microsoft Dynamics at work.
    And I think that's a major issue with IE, which must affect its popularity.

    People who tried it back when it was rubbish and switched to something else either simply
    never went back cos they were happy with what they had, or think IE is still crap. The IE-
    bashers on tech and social media sites haven't helped either.

    Well, it isn't rubbish, and hasn't been for quite some time. And no, Fred, it's not 'dangerous' to
    use, not now. I've had no IE-related issues at all with either IE9, 10 or 11. The beta version of
    IE11 was crap, but it was only a beta, after all.

    I switched from IE6 to Firefox, mainly for its tabbed browsing, which IE didn't have, but also
    for security reasons. I stayed with FF until the Win 7 beta was released, and so tried IE again.
    I was favourably impressed and have remained with it since. IE11 is as good as anything else
    and better than most. None of the old IE-bashing stories apply any longer, including the claims
    that it's a security nightmare.

    If there is one thing I'd like to see changed, it's for IE to have a decent ad-blocker. And for Flash
    to be removed so I can update it when I want to, not when MS wants to. Other than that, I'm
    perfectly happy and at-home with IE.

    Disclaimer: No, I'm not an IE fanboi, I also run Firefox on both laptops and the tablet, and the
    Tor browser as well. I've tried Opera, Chrome and Safari, among others, but they're either too
    minimalist or are incompatible with some add-ons etc.

    And my first browser was Netscape Navigator... that 'dates' me a bit!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    It looks like Mozilla is paying the price for its:
    • Lack of a specific mobile version
    • Obsession with adding "fluff" instead of fixing issues

    I'm using Pale Moon (64 bit).

    Add me to that list. When it comes to FFox-like browser, I go with Pale Moon.

    For the rest I use Chromium for its 64bit custom builds as well.
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