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Chrome was a major change in browsers. The major change it brought was screen space. Where IE and FF came from desktop apps and windows Chrome removed a significant amount of the 'Chrome' surrounding the window. The only thing it cared about was getting as much of the Web page displayed as possible. Chrome was backed by Google and achieving massive growth (I'll post some proper figures later). 

FF has seen this and did what all phone manufacturers have done with the iPhone which is to copy it. They've invested heavily in the UI and done a good job of keeping pace with Chrome. If they hadn't they'd have gone the way of Netscape. IE have chosen to badly copy Chrome and IE9 still sucks. They've had to rethink windows to come up with IE10. 

FF does have some cash from Google but I suspect nothing like Chrome or IE funds, so I think they've done a fine job of keeping the core of FF eg all the plugins especially Firebug, enhancing the download manager and making it beautifully simple to change themes, whilst taking on some of the ground breaking UI changes in Chrome. 

I've seen complaints with every UI change FF has made, there's more complaints to come as they try to merge the UI for mobile desktop and tabletmerge the UI for mobile desktop and tablet, but it seems to me that they are very much on the front edge of UI development so they simply can't stand still and keep all their existing users happy.

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Here's the growth chart of Chrome since 2008 when FF 3 was released its basically exponential:

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Chrome was a major change in browsers. The major change it brought was screen space. Where IE and FF came from desktop apps and windows Chrome removed a significant amount of the 'Chrome' surrounding the window. The only thing it cared about was getting as much of the Web page displayed as possible. Chrome was backed by Google and achieving massive growth (I'll post some proper figures later). FF has seen this and did what all phone manufacturers have done with the iPhone which is to copy it. They've invested heavily in the UI and done a good job of keeping pace with Chrome. If they hadn't they'd have gone the way of Netscape. IE have chosen to badly copy Chrome and IE9 still sucks. They've had to rethink windows to come up with IE10. FF does have some cash from Google but I suspect nothing like Chrome or IE funds, so I think they've done a fine job of keeping the core of FF eg all the plugins especially Firebug, enhancing the download manager and making it beautifully simple to change themes, whilst taking on some of the ground breaking UI changes in Chrome. I've seen complaints with every UI change FF has made, there's more complaints to come as they try to merge the UI for mobile desktop and tablet, but it seems to me that they are very much on the front edge of UI development so they simply can't stand still and keep all their existing users happy.

Chrome was a major change in browsers. The major change it brought was screen space. Where IE and FF came from desktop apps and windows Chrome removed a significant amount of the 'Chrome' surrounding the window. The only thing it cared about was getting as much of the Web page displayed as possible. Chrome was backed by Google and achieving massive growth (I'll post some proper figures later). 

FF has seen this and did what all phone manufacturers have done with the iPhone which is to copy it. They've invested heavily in the UI and done a good job of keeping pace with Chrome. If they hadn't they'd have gone the way of Netscape. IE have chosen to badly copy Chrome and IE9 still sucks. They've had to rethink windows to come up with IE10. 

FF does have some cash from Google but I suspect nothing like Chrome or IE funds, so I think they've done a fine job of keeping the core of FF eg all the plugins especially Firebug, enhancing the download manager and making it beautifully simple to change themes, whilst taking on some of the ground breaking UI changes in Chrome. 

I've seen complaints with every UI change FF has made, there's more complaints to come as they try to merge the UI for mobile desktop and tablet, but it seems to me that they are very much on the front edge of UI development so they simply can't stand still and keep all their existing users happy.

Update:

Here's the growth chart of Chrome since 2008 when FF 3 was released its basically exponential:

enter image description here

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Chrome was a major change in browsers. The major change it brought was screen space. Where IE and FF came from desktop apps and windows Chrome removed a significant amount of the 'Chrome' surrounding the window. The only thing it cared about was getting as much of the Web page displayed as possible. Chrome was then backed by Google and achieving massive growth (I'll post some proper figures later). FF has seen this and did what all phone manufacturers have done with the iPhone which is to copy it. They've invested heavily in the UI and done a good job of keeping pace with Chrome. If they hadn't they'd have gone the way of Netscape. IE have chosen to badly copy Chrome and IE9 still sucks. They've had to rethink windows to come up with IE10. FF does have some cash from Google but I suspect nothing like Chrome or IE funds, so I think they've done a fine job of keeping the core of FF eg all the plugins especially Firebug, enhancing the download manager and making it beautifully simple to change themes, whilst taking on some of the ground breaking UI changes in Chrome. I've seen complaints with every UI change FF has made, there's more complaints to come as they try to merge the UI for mobile desktop and tablet, but it seems to me that they are very much on the front edge of UI development so they simply can't stand still and keep all their existing users happy.

Chrome was a major change in browsers. The major change it brought was screen space. Where IE and FF came from desktop apps and windows Chrome removed a significant amount of the 'Chrome' surrounding the window. The only thing it cared about was getting as much of the Web page displayed as possible. Chrome was then backed by Google and achieving massive growth (I'll post some proper figures later). FF has seen this and did what all phone manufacturers have done with the iPhone which is to copy it. They've invested heavily in the UI and done a good job of keeping pace with Chrome. If they hadn't they'd have gone the way of Netscape. IE have chosen to badly copy Chrome and IE9 still sucks. They've had to rethink windows to come up with IE10. FF does have some cash from Google but I suspect nothing like Chrome or IE funds, so I think they've done a fine job of keeping the core of FF eg all the plugins especially Firebug, enhancing the download manager and making it beautifully simple to change themes.

Chrome was a major change in browsers. The major change it brought was screen space. Where IE and FF came from desktop apps and windows Chrome removed a significant amount of the 'Chrome' surrounding the window. The only thing it cared about was getting as much of the Web page displayed as possible. Chrome was backed by Google and achieving massive growth (I'll post some proper figures later). FF has seen this and did what all phone manufacturers have done with the iPhone which is to copy it. They've invested heavily in the UI and done a good job of keeping pace with Chrome. If they hadn't they'd have gone the way of Netscape. IE have chosen to badly copy Chrome and IE9 still sucks. They've had to rethink windows to come up with IE10. FF does have some cash from Google but I suspect nothing like Chrome or IE funds, so I think they've done a fine job of keeping the core of FF eg all the plugins especially Firebug, enhancing the download manager and making it beautifully simple to change themes, whilst taking on some of the ground breaking UI changes in Chrome. I've seen complaints with every UI change FF has made, there's more complaints to come as they try to merge the UI for mobile desktop and tablet, but it seems to me that they are very much on the front edge of UI development so they simply can't stand still and keep all their existing users happy.

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Chrome was a major change in browsers. The major change it brought was screen space. Where IE and FF came from desktop apps and windows Chrome removed a significant amount of the 'Chrome' surrounding the window. The only thing it cared about was getting as much of the Web page displayed as possible. Chrome was then backed by Google and achieving massive growth (I'll post some proper figures later). FF has seen this and did what all phone manufacturers have done with the iPhone which is to copy it. They've invested heavily in the UI and done a good job of keeping pace with Chrome. If they hadn't they'd have gone the way of Netscape. IE have chosen to badly copy Chrome and IE9 still sucks. They've had to rethink windows to come up with IE10. FF does have some cash from Google but I suspect nothing like Chrome or IE funds, so I think they've done a fine job of keeping the core of FF eg all the plugins especially Firebug, enhancing the download manager and making it beautifully simple to change themes.