The strip above tells a good part of the reason this Web Developer is switching. First important note, ye Editor barely bothers to use any Firefox or Chrome extensions/plugins nor Firefox themes – so loyalty is not effected by these important factors in favor of Firefox. But during any day there is a gravitational pull to the Chrome browser because of the dual purpose URL address and Google Search line. As you can see from the screenshot, the address box is also the Google Search line – this saves time and allows one to change purpose in a moment.
Another big time saver is the link bar immediately below. All my favorite and most frequently used sites are here- one click away from use. And its drag and drop simple to edit the link bar – adding, deleting and changing the order of my links. And when you CTL+T to add a new tab, Google shows a rogues gallery of frequently visited sites for one click access to popular places. But Google does not have a group feature so a popular set of sites can be ordered up and loaded quickly – score one for Firefox. But in general Chrome is winning the UI war not just over Firefox but all the top 5 browsers.
HTML5 procrastination [and this is being kind to Mozilla Foundation]. In two crucial areas on HTML5, Web Database and Multi-Touch Screen operations Firefox is holding out for their own solutions. So SQLite as one Web database standard is delayed [why not just let it go ahead and add Mozilla’s Indexed DB when its ready]. Meanwhile there is skirmishes over the important multi-touch and gestures committee work. HTML5, delayed again to 2014, is shaping up to be a mess over critical new recommendations like multi-touch and Web Database among others. All the browser vendors are responsible but what Mozilla is doing is particularly grating because it allows Microsoft to make even greater mischief.
So my loyalty says stick with Firefox for paving they way during the dark and crude-crass-craven no-updates-to IE6 years [and don’t get me started on why IE9 is still deficient and a deliberate standards breaker- see ya in 2 years time for the next IE update], but my mouse and fingers keep migrating over to the Chrome browser for speed, ease of use and better debugging.