"You probably spend more time in your browser than in bed," Johnathan Nightingale, VP of Firefox Engineering, recently told us. And he's right: spending lots of time on the Internet is our reality — guilty as charged. We (as in you, me, and the rest of the online world) rely on the web a great deal, which is why our choice of browser, our means of transport within the World Wide Web, is crucial.
We're "living online," Johnathan says, pointing, clicking, and scrolling through most of our waking moments, and our browsers should help us, the globe's cybercitizens, be more productive and communicate more effectively.
And while web browsers (Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, etc.) may not seem all that different, little details can make a huge difference. We downloaded the latest build of Firefox for desktop and mobile, talked to some of the Mozilla crew about what's next for the red panda of the Internet, and thought: maybe it's time to switch browsers. Take a look at seven reasons to make the move to Mozilla Firefox, and let us know: will you switch?
- A browser with a conscience — Mozilla is a nonprofit, which is not something you hear often when it comes to Internet companies. Its mission is to build a more open, innovative web, which means that it is not concerned with trying to monetize your web activity or push you into services that you don't want.
- Tab-forward — In our opinion, Firefox does tabs better than any other browser. "Pinning" tabs collapses them and makes more room on top of your browser window so that you can surf through more pages at once. The browser is also smart enough to know what tabs you have open, so if you navigate to that same site, it'll automatically take you to that tab. No redundancy. There are also special "app tabs," which use the Mozilla Social API to keep pages like Twitter, Facebook, or web mail running in the background. They'll let you know if you have a notification so you don't need to keep checking the page.
- Drag and drop customization — This one is pretty self-explanatory. If you want to customize your toolbar, all you need to do is drag and drop items to rearrange or add new bookmarks. Firefox will show you a zoomed-out view of your custom browser so you know exactly what it'll look like.
The case for Firefox continues after the break.