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Google Chrome versus Mozilla Firefox: War of the Better Browser
For years, I was using Internet Explorer, and then discovered IE 7, with its tabbed feature. Little did I know that the tabs had been used on Mozilla’s Firefox, and so I tried it.
In all honesty, I don’t know how I lived without tabbed browsing. These days, I usually have my computer going with one long window taking up half the screen, a screen in the lower-left hand corner that I write in, and a screen in the lower right-hand corner that I use to watch a video of some kind, so I don’t get bored with my work.
During these videos, like the ones that I watch on hulu.com, I am bombarded with ads for the Google Chrome Internet Browser. Most of them talk about how fast it is, and how beautiful it is compared to other browsers, so I checked it out.
Like Firefox, Google has a tabbed system that works by clicking on a tab to create a new one. This isn’t like the blank tab that you see on Firefox, but Google has a series of Bookmarks. This can come in handy when you are trying to access a site that you have saved in the bookmarks. This is something that I usually do by going to Firefox’s Bookmark site and hit the appropriate site simultaneously with the Ctrl key.
When I tried to access a blank tab with Chrome, if I wanted to type in the URL of the site I wanted to access manually, it usually didn’t work after I hit return. I’m not certain if this was just a problem with my computer. My laptop is a few years old, and I believe that Chrome is designed for newer computers. I found that if I typed in the URL, google would recognize a few keywords, and then it would spell out the site I wanted in green print from a menu bar of choices. I could then select it with my mouse or arrow keys, and it would work.
Yes, that feature of Chrome bothered me, but I wasn’t going to give up on it yet. I admired the bookmark method, and it is handy to have your bookmarks conveniently on one site and access with mouse only without a keyboard.
However, what sold me on Firefox was something that I tried to do on Chrome on my usual works. On Firefox, if you right click on a hyperlink, you will see a number of options. When I tried to do the same thing using Chrome, I found that “Bookmark this link” was not one of my choices.
This alone swayed my decision to reject Chrome and stay with Firefox.