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Firefox vs Opera
What is Your Favorite Browser?
Firefox and Opera share a lot of similarities: they are both free web browsers with modern features like tabbed browsing and a password manager. However, there's a lot of differences between them too. Firefox is open source and extremely customizable: you can make it do almost anything by using 3rd party extensions. Opera on the other hand is proprietary software and has a lot of useful features "out of the box".
This page will help you decide whether Firefox or Opera is a better browser, and why. Read what others have to say and cast your vote in the discussion and poll below. May the best browser win!
Popular and highly customizable open source browser
Firefox is a free web browser managed by Mozilla Corporation. Since it is open source, there are thousands of extensions and themes available from 3rd party developers that can add new features, improve security or change the looks of the application. Firefox features include tabs, spell check, password manager and other things you'd expect to find in a modern browser. It also supports most current web standards.
Firefox is one of the most popular browsers, losing only to Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Google's Chrome in terms of current use worldwide.
Sleek browser with a number of unique features
Opera is a free proprietary web browser developed by Opera Software. Its features include tabbed browsing, page zooming, mouse gestures, a built-in BitTorrent client and more. A number of key features of modern browsers was in fact pioneered by Opera. The browser is extensible via widgets and third party add-ons, although it strictly limits what these plugins can do as a quality assurance measure.
Opera only has a small part of the PC web browser market; however, Opera Mini is one of the most popular browsers used in mobile phones and PDAs.
Opera vs Firefox Discussion
Is Firefox or Opera the better browser?
Browser Market Share for 2013
This pie chart shows worldwide browser usage in January to February 2013 according to StatCounter Global Stats. We can clearly see the winner of the Firefox and Opera popularity battle, although Firefox is also giving way to Google Chrome. IE still has quite a large share, but only thanks to its popularity in Asia.
Which of the two do you prefer? Cast your vote in the anonymous poll below.