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Difference Between Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox vs Google Chrome

We all know that most people who use IE do so because it is conveniently there or because they do not know that there are other options. But for those who opt to switch to another browser, Firefox is the king of the hill. It has been around for a considerable length of time and it has been tested by many of its users. Chrome, a very new browser offering from the software giant Google, is quickly gathering ground as more people are switching from IE and Firefox despite its perceived instability due to its age.

What most people would probably notice as the difference between the two is how they appear. Chrome is so much more space efficient compared to Firefox. This space efficiency is very desirable in devices with very small screens like laptops where every pixel is prime real estate.

Another key change in Chrome is in how it handles tabs. Chrome creates a separate process for each tab unlike Firefox which runs all tabs under one process. The perceived advantage of this design is the tabs independence from one another. In case one tab crashes for whatever reason, all the other tabs would be unaffected. With Firefox, a single tab that crashes would terminate the process bringing all other tabs with it.

Typing characters in the address bar of Firefox would bring up pages in history that contain the typed text. This can be very helpful when you are looking for a page that you’ve visited but you aren’t exactly sure about its address. Chrome adds to this functionality by attempting to make sense of what you are inputting. It would either show pages, suggested sites and even suggested search queries.

The clincher in Firefox’s favor is the extensive add-on library that it has developed over the years. Chrome lacks the add-on support at its early stages, which leads to an uproar from a many of its users. Google soon added an add-on support but it is not as comprehensive as that of Firefox’s. The add-ons you would find on Chrome are still relatively few and you are more likely to find the functionality you want in Firefox than in Chrome.

Summary:

1. Firefox is an old and stable browser while Chrome is relatively new and untested.

2. Chrome is more space efficient compared to Firefox.

3. Firefox consolidates all tabs into a single process while Chrome creates a process for each tab.

4. The address bar of Chrome handles input differently from how Firefox does.

5. Firefox has a wider selection of add-ons compared to Chrome.


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2 Comments

  1. This article needs to be updated. Firefox is no longer the most popular choice of browser outside IE. Chrome is no longer new and untested.

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