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Firefox-Google deal is up for renewal, is Bing poised to take over?

By Julio Franco · 31 replies
Dec 5, 2011
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  1. Firefox is a wonderful piece of software. It single handedly saved us from Internet Explorer 6 when we no longer saw a light at the end of the tunnel. That…

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  2. Actually, it's not up for renewal. It has simply expired, and it doesn't look like it will be renewed. And consider how much Firefox was lagging behind practically every other browser for the last few years even with a >$100 million revenue, I guess this is just simply THE END for Firefox and Mozilla.
  3. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Posts: 422   +9

    something as mighty as firefox cannot diminish so soon...there are alot of people out there, like me, who think firefox is still much better than chrome...sure chrome feels faster but firefox is so much more customizable...and even though alot of the popular firefox addons are also available on chrome, they're nowhere near as polished as on firefox....i actually switched to chrome and made it work for almost a week, but in the end, i was like " OK now Ive had some fun, back to business" , and i moved back to firefox
  4. tehbanz

    tehbanz TS Enthusiast Posts: 180   +10

    rome didn't fall in a day. I too am a firefox fanboy but I feel now is the time to switch before the inevitable happens. and since i last used chrome (2+ years ago) I hear it's stabilized.
    The reason I didn't like chrome was because the UI, however firefox switched over to pretty much the exact same UI, so it's about time i make the plunge i suppose.
  5. Microsoft and Mozilla have already teamed up.
  6. CryVer

    CryVer TS Enthusiast Posts: 38

    The one thing Firefox does about a hundred times better than Chrome is the bookmarking system. It a lot easier to sort your bookmarks, as well as adding new bookmarks.
  7. True, we always had a soft spot for FF.
  8. jonny702

    jonny702 TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +11

    Firefox lost me when they started releasing new versions every 3 weeks.... Now I use the most secure browser available..... IE9
  9. Hey jonny702, remember to use lip balm, when kissing Ballmer's butt.
  10. IE9 secure? lol.
  11. Firefox development will continue to churn along regardless of the drop in users and revenue, simply due to being open-source. I can't see it dying off, the drop in the userbase was inevitable with Google heavily pushing Chrome and Microsoft finally getting their act together with IE, but it will most likely stabilise at some point in the future rather than dwindle away to nothing.

    I agree with the previous poster on how annoying the new release schedule is. It's partially the tech media's fault, since they would have an announcement every time Chrome released another inconsequential update, and Mozilla are just trying to achieve the same level of publicity. Downside is, in addition to being asinine and rendered the version number meaningless, it's pissing off their entire userbase, particularly long-term users and those that rely on a lot of add-ons.
  12. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,543   +918

    I use Chrome but even i'll admit IE9 goes toe toe with all current browsers. IE9 is not a baby anymore... its a true contender. Go to Tom's hardware and see for yourself.
  13. I have been a user of Firefox for years now. This last year it has become so full of Google INTRUSION which keeps tripping my security software and slowing up response times, glitching out any video i want to watch, that I have finally decided to jettison Firefox for good.

    I am definately in the market for a good browser that DOES NOT CONNECT TO GOOGLE.

    Google has truly become EVIL, intrusive, and just plain awful. Google has in fact, ruined their own search engines with heuristic programming that redirects you to some habit based answer. Did it NEVER OCCUR to them that we DON'T WANT TO BE DIRECTED? When you direct your audience, you are no longer providing the service a search engine should provide. You have fully become a propaganda machine.

    So likewise, I am trying to exit the world of Google too.
  14. > Actually, it's not up for re-neweal.
    > It has simply expired, and it doesn't
    > look like it will be renewed

    Wrong. Please don't spread FUD.

    See e.g. http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-57336776-264/dont-write-off-mozilla-google-revenue-deal-as-dead/ , http://www.internetnews.com/blog/skerner/mozillas-google-deal-is-not-dead..html
  15. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 854   +301

    I used Chrome and liked it a lot but ended up switching back to firefox since I've used it forever.
  16. Firefox 8 is a much improved browser. The previous releases were not very tight and tend to have strange behaviors. Mozilla's Firefox is going forward and is in the game now, but will need to get its browser tied to the mobile and/or tablet market in a hurry to stay relevant.
  17. This reply has been posted using Firefox.
  18. Personally FF is still the 'Browser' for me as its interface is the most friendly
  19. Hope they can coexist peacefully just as the Gecko and Webkit will worked together in my avant browser and have worked together in Lunascape.LOL,
  20. y'all forget this was never about the money for firefox in the 1st place just like how they started up from nothing. just like everything thing in open source. this is just bull **** you're feeding to the masses techspot! :)
  21. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Evangelist Posts: 406   +126

    I gave up on chrome due to it's non existent RSS support, yey firefox
  22. Generally, you shouldn't have to read on to the 4th paragraph of an article to get to the basic point outlined in the title.
  23. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 490   +38

    Chrome is not a very good browser though…
  24. Yawn... more browser X vs browser Y... fanboys are out in force I see...
  25. Not sure if jonny is trolling or if he is actually serious. Either way it made me laugh.

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