Reddit user nixcraft found in Mozilla’s own public data report that Firefox has lost 46 million users in the last three years. As reported by PC Gamer, Firefox still has 198 million active monthly users, which was much higher at the end of 2018, at around 244 million.
Of course, the Internet is an ever-evolving beast. As a result, Firefox accounted for about 30% of all browser usage in 2008 (lagging behind the impressive 60% of Internet Explorer), but Mozilla’s once popular browser was Currently less than 3%. Firefox is currently number one on the list of the best web browsers, but if it’s far superior to its competitors, why are people away from Firefox?
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There are several reasons why the migration is taking place and why Chrome is primarily benefiting. Many websites are optimized for Google’s web browsers, have faster load times, and provide easy access to other products in the ecosystem, such as Google Sheets and Google Meet.
Many companies also use GSuite, so we recommend downloading Chrome over other available browsers. Chrome also has the advantage of being the default browser for all Android devices. Of course, if you find yourself using the service in another browser, such as Edge, Google will prompt you to download Chrome.
By the way, Edge is now based on Chromium and offers attractive advantages over Microsoft’s now obsolete Internet Explorer, providing immediate compatibility with the Web and support for Chrome extensions.
Of course, Firefox has its own add-ons, and long-time users often see its benefits in privacy protection, but recent updates are a bit dull and significantly slower than Chromium-based browsers. Many users also follow the path of least resistance, and given that Google and Microsoft’s annoying advertising campaigns drive you to use their products, that people will eventually get some peace. I understand that I admit it.
Google’s anti-competitive approach to browsers is a source of concern, but Firefox won’t disappear overnight if it’s strangled by Chromium-based rivals. ItsFoss, which first reported on nixcraft’s Reddit thread, recommends downloading Firefox to use as a secondary browser to counter Google’s quest for control. It’s hard to argue, but it’s doubtful that this will actually work.
If Mozilla wants to remain a viable alternative, it needs to improve its performance to match the performance of Chromium. This is because if it takes forever to load your favorite website, all the enhanced security and customization around the world won’t help.