I’ve used a lot of browsers ever since I had a computer of my own. Everything from the old school browsers like Netscape, all the way to the well known ones like Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari.
The one I’ve stuck with the most is Google Chrome (used Firefox before that). I’ve been using it consistently for the past 10 years. There’s definitely a convenience of using the Google sync feature, especially since I use G Suite for my freelance business and for my job as well. However, for the past few years, I’ve noticed how much of a memory hog Chrome has become. Even having a good CPU and RAM (I have 32GB of RAM on my current PC), Chrome feels sluggish and like it’s hogging up my memory. I’m a power user when it comes to using a web browser, I usually have quite a lot of tabs open at the same time and tend to do several things at once, along with the use of specific extensions to help with different things. My way of using the browser certainly doesn’t help the memory issue, but it SHOULD be better (and faster) in terms of performance with the equipment I have.
One thing that held me back from switching to Firefox was the Profile Management. Firefox has one, but it wasn’t as intuitive as the one Chrome had. Plus, I ran into some issues with it when doing a Firefox test run a about two years ago. Another issue I had was that some of the extensions/add-ons I used for Chrome weren’t available (yet) for Firefox.
This past week, I decided to update Firefox and give it another try. Was very delighted to see that all the add-ons I used on Chrome were available for Firefox. And thanks to some friends on Twitter, was able to find an easier way to use multiple instances of the same website (Gmail, Google Drive, etc.), the Firefox Multi-Account Containers add-on. While I will need to keep using profiles for things like my job and freelance work, I can use the multi-account containers for more casual use.
I’ve been using Firefox exclusively for a few days and I can definitely feel a difference in performance. The browser runs a lot faster, which was my goal. Everything’s working well so far, so I think I’ve found a keeper. Let’s see how it goes.
What browser do you use? What’s your favorite thing about it?