Is Firefox toast?

19 Dec

Firefox’s market-share is dropping down. The browser does not good in itself and its money supply may be drying up. Does all this mean that Firefox is at the last gasp?

Great was the days when Firefox first came out. Firefox made it appearance in 2004. Firefox was a breath of fresh air, when it came out first. Firefox 1.0 was far better and more secure than the already awful Internet Explorer 6. The browser was loved by all then. Today, Firefox is getting hammered from all sides. Its performance has become mediocre to that of the updated versions of other browsers. But it is fact that Firefox 8.01 beats the stuffings out of “classic” Firefox 3.6, but that’s not saying much. Compared to Chrome and Internet Explorer 9 Firefox isn’t keeping up.

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Firefox lacks anything that the other browsers do, as features and security go. Meanwhile, Google is enhancing Chrome into not just a web browser, but an integral part of its software as a service(SaaS) and cloud application stack. Yes, you can run Google Docs and Gmail on Firefox or IE, but the combination of Chrome’s innate speed with Google’s applications makes it the most attractive package.

At the same time, Chrome has overtake Firefox, reaching the second position in the Web Browser derby. According to StatCounter, Chrome is already already number two. The other popular Web browser popularity NetMarketShare, Firefox still has a narrow lead, but no one expects it to keep its lead for much longer. Indeed, Mozilla’s hyper-accelerated release schedule is losing Firefox’s business customers. The other thing is that the parent organization, Mozilla hasn’t been able to close a deal with its chief income source: Google. Mozilla informs,

Our search relationship with Google remains positive for both of us. We are in active negotiations and have nothing further to announce at this time. We have every confidence that search partnerships will continue to be a strong and growing generator of revenue for the foreseeable future.

Mozilla depends on search deals for 98% of its annual income, and it’s a safe bet that most of that revenue comes from Google. Sure, Mozilla also recently inked a deal with its arch-enemy Microsoft to bring the Bing search engine to Firefox. That strikes one more as an act of desperation than a real source of substantial income. It is expected that Chrome may outpace Firefox by March 2012.

Source:  zdnet

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