Firefox 33 Just Dropped


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    Don't know what is in this update but saw it start updating just a second ago.


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    And now it has patched to 33.1.



  • I switched from Firefox to Chrome at the recommendation of my boss at the time in early spring of 2012. I love that Chrome has the sync feature with my bookmarks especially. I know Firefox has updated significantly over the years but they still feel behind, in my opinion. Whereas once Firefox was considered THE business alternative browser, I feel like Chrome has somewhat taken that place. Most IT people I know use Chrome.

    Did they announce what the new features were in 33? This isn't me talking as a fanboy. Just sharing an experience.


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    I'm just starting now, in the last month or so, to notice some people talking about moving back to FF after Chrome has lost its stability.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    I'm just starting now, in the last month or so, to notice some people talking about moving back to FF after Chrome has lost its stability.

    Not sure what they mean by that. I haven't had any stability issues with Chrome. Any examples of what you mean? Genuinely curious.



  • @thanksaj said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    I'm just starting now, in the last month or so, to notice some people talking about moving back to FF after Chrome has lost its stability.

    Not sure what they mean by that. I haven't had any stability issues with Chrome. Any examples of what you mean? Genuinely curious.

    I've had quite a few stability issues with chrome. Pages randomly crashing, entire application crashing (which it shouldn't do). This is on more then one machine and on different operating systems.... I haven't switched yet because I like the integration that Chrome has with Google (of course) but I'm tempted. I've heard that pure Chromium has actually gotten more stable then Chrome over the last couple of releases although I haven't tested to see.



  • @thanksaj said:

    I love that Chrome has the sync feature with my bookmarks especially.

    Firefox has that too .. and has it for quite a few years. Plus the data is encrypted in your browser before transmission, so they can't access it; something I have my doubts that Chrome does (they likely transmit it over HTTPS but I'm betting Google sees all your browser data)

    I know Firefox has updated significantly over the years but they still feel behind, in my opinion.

    What are they behind on?

    This isn't me talking as a fanboy. Just sharing an experience.

    If you support your statements with examples/facts, they will be less fanboyish.


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    @thanksaj said:

    Not sure what they mean by that. I haven't had any stability issues with Chrome. Any examples of what you mean? Genuinely curious.

    There have been a few discussions about it on ML just this week. Issues with collapsing tabs (wrong tabs close or multiple tabs close when one is clicked), general slowness and overall crashing are the big ones.



  • I've been keeping Firefox ready as a "warm spare" browser for a few months now.

    I'm switching to it for the next week or so as an experiment:

    1. to see if it actually is better
    2. on me and how well I accept self-imposed change.


  • I switched to Chrome a few years ago as FF took a bit longer to load and I'm very impatient. Is that still the case or is FF just as quick now?

    The other thing was Chrome uses Windows internet settings (proxy server etc etc) whereas FF used it's own settings. So I couldn't make changes with group policy on FF the way I could with Chrome. For that reason I block FF at work, and users are only allowed to use Chrome or IE.


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    @Carnival-Boy said:

    For that reason I block FF at work, and users are only allowed to use Chrome or IE.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/gpo-for-firefox/



  • I noticed that FF switched their interface awhile ago to look very similar to Chrome. I know Firefox has had a sync feature for years but is it automatic like it is with Chrome? I add a bookmark on Chrome, all my other instances of Chrome get that bookmark in seconds. Firefox never did that, not nearly that quick at least.

    Also, yes, I love Android. I love having Chrome so naturally integrated with Android, so that I can sync bookmarks there too. It also syncs all my extensions between browsers, and even can do things like open tabs and history if I want, although I never do. Maybe it's changed, but from what I'd seen last, FF sync wasn't that intuitive.



  • I finally took a look at Chrome earlier this year, but in general I prefer FF. I love Tree Style Tabs and can't seem to find something similar for Chrome. Also the plug-in for LastPass works better in FF than Chrome.

    And lastly, for the past month or so Chrome has been super buggy, crashes and slow.



  • @Dashrender said:

    I finally took a look at Chrome earlier this year, but in general I prefer FF. I love Tree Style Tabs and can't seem to find something similar for Chrome. Also the plug-in for LastPass works better in FF than Chrome.

    And lastly, for the past month or so Chrome has been super buggy, crashes and slow.

    I hear people talking about this but I haven't experienced this...


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    @Dashrender said:

    And lastly, for the past month or so Chrome has been super buggy, crashes and slow.

    Yeah, it's been killing me. Several crashes every day.



  • @Dashrender said:

    I finally took a look at Chrome earlier this year, but in general I prefer FF. I love Tree Style Tabs and can't seem to find something similar for Chrome. Also the plug-in for LastPass works better in FF than Chrome.

    And lastly, for the past month or so Chrome has been super buggy, crashes and slow.

    And not sure what you mean by the LastPass working better on FF than Chrome. I've used it on both and haven't really seen one outperform the other. Can you provide examples?



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @Dashrender said:

    And lastly, for the past month or so Chrome has been super buggy, crashes and slow.

    Yeah, it's been killing me. Several crashes every day.

    What version are you on?


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    @thanksaj 64bit.



  • It's bad enough that I have gone back to using Explorer as my second browser. FireFox and Explorer are working better than Chrome is for me on my Windows 8.1 PC. However on my MacBook Chrome is working fine. Is Chrome on the Mac the same as on IOS (running Safari in the background)?



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @thanksaj 64bit.

    Ah, see. I'm still on the x86 version, AFAIK. I did have issues with the x64 version, so I went back to the x86 version and the issues went away.



  • I rolled back and still have the same issues. Which is why I did the upgrade to begin with.



  • I'm running X86 Chrome.

    As for LastPass, the interface on FF is much nicer, it's a pop out window, not a tab. Also, in FF, the fields fill in consistantly, on Chrome, often times I much choose autofill, etc to get my username/passwords to fill in.


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    @Minion-Queen said:

    It's bad enough that I have gone back to using Explorer as my second browser. FireFox and Explorer are working better than Chrome is for me on my Windows 8.1 PC. However on my MacBook Chrome is working fine. Is Chrome on the Mac the same as on IOS (running Safari in the background)?

    No, Chrome is Chrome everywhere except for on iOS.


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    @Dashrender said:

    I'm running X86 Chrome.

    As for LastPass, the interface on FF is much nicer, it's a pop out window, not a tab. Also, in FF, the fields fill in consistantly, on Chrome, often times I much choose autofill, etc to get my username/passwords to fill in.

    Oh, you know I never really thought about it but you are right, Chrome just can't remember usernames and passwords well.



  • @Dashrender said:

    I'm running X86 Chrome.

    As for LastPass, the interface on FF is much nicer, it's a pop out window, not a tab. Also, in FF, the fields fill in consistantly, on Chrome, often times I much choose autofill, etc to get my username/passwords to fill in.

    Hmm. I'll admit the auto-fill isn't perfect in Chrome but it's never been enough to bother me. shrugs Idk what to tell you.



  • FF is much better at the autofill stuff than anything else.



  • So why is Chrome stable on my MacBook then and not my windows desktop I wonder?



  • @thanksaj said:

    @Dashrender said:

    I'm running X86 Chrome.

    As for LastPass, the interface on FF is much nicer, it's a pop out window, not a tab. Also, in FF, the fields fill in consistantly, on Chrome, often times I much choose autofill, etc to get my username/passwords to fill in.

    Hmm. I'll admit the auto-fill isn't perfect in Chrome but it's never been enough to bother me. shrugs Idk what to tell you.

    Use LastPass with FF for a while, you'll grow to dislike it's implementation on Chrome.


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    @thanksaj said:

    Ah, see. I'm still on the x86 version, AFAIK. I did have issues with the x64 version, so I went back to the x86 version and the issues went away.

    I don't remember seeing issues in the IA32 version. I need to fall back and see if it changes things.


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    @Minion-Queen said:

    So why is Chrome stable on my MacBook then and not my windows desktop I wonder?

    OS hooks, perhaps.