Firefox 4 Web Browser: A Users Perspective

I finally got round to updating my Firefox web browser to version 4 (going directly to 4.0.1 actually) and I have to say, I’m liking it a lot. In general I’m a Microsoft fanboy (or fanboi as my kids would write it) but I found IE 8 to be a big let down and after a frustrating night of crashes and Internet Explorer restarts, I finally said good bye to IE for all but testing client websites.

IE 8 Web Browser: One Web Dev Guy Says Goodbye

When I moved from IE 8 I downloaded Firefox and Chrome. I just didn’t bother with Opera, we don’t develop for it and they don’t offer developer release notes.

I found Chrome broke all the rules and it wasn’t better for it. Where is my home button? Where is my menu? So I need to change some settings in the config menu, so where is the config menu? OK, get the idea, but too annoying for me, I don’t have time for that.

Firefox however grabbed all my favourites, had a simple menu bar, and essentially could be described as IE that works. It was actually a web browser that worked how expected a web browser to work, it followed the rules I was used to and displayed the pages I requested without crashing. Perfect.

Today I moved up to Firefox 4

Firefox 4: New Look, But Still Good Old Trusty Firefox

Its got that cleaner look that the new browsers are all going for since the launch of chrome, but its still my old trusty Firefox that browses for hours, displays all my pages as the developer intended (without the need for a compatibility view) and does it in a nice secure manner.

I’ve still got my toolbar, my homepage button, my browsing history, just a new look and a bit more secure. I just really love the look and feel and I really love the additional page space that all the new browsers give you, which I think is one great thing that Chrome has contributed to the new web browser design.

So my view of the new Firefox web browser is that its still trusty, secure Firefox, just its even better.

  5 comments for “Firefox 4 Web Browser: A Users Perspective

  1. Jason
    6th May 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Chrome crashing per tab rather than per app ftw! Other than that glad you have finally removed the MS thinking.

  2. 6th May 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Still Microsoft all the way Jas, but IE8 was poor. IE9 is better, or is seems to be. We still test on IE6 and up (which is becoming a challenge), Firefox latest version (currently 4) and Chrome.

    I’m still using Firefox as my default browser.

  3. Party bus rental
    3rd June 2011 at 2:09 am

    I have been to your posts before. The more I visit, the more I keep coming back! ;-P

  4. poko
    27th June 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Firefox just turn into a memory guzzler, about 220MB running Zimbra client on it against just 72MB in IE9…

    I can’t belive that I would say “goodbay Firefox” after almost 4 years of friendly experiences

    I heard years ago…”things change, but we don’t know if it will be always in our benefit”


    • 28th June 2011 at 10:22 am

      Thanks for your comment.

      Keeping away from spec for a moment and focusing purely on user experience, I found that IE8 was painful. I agree that IE9 is much better, but I can’t see any reason (from a user perspective) to switch back.

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