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    There was a time when Internet Explorer ruled the web and it had something like a 90% browser market share. That is now dead, but as it was fading, Firefox was rising and at once point it looked like it was about to take over. It had around a 35% share of the browser market.

    Since then, it has lost users every year. It has faded almost as fast as Internet Explorer did. According to Statcounter browser market share, it is down to 3%. The strange thing is that I often hear of features being added, like security, privacy and other interesting features, but no matter what it does, usage still shrinks.

    It reminds me a bit of Opera. No matter what features and functions they put in it, hardly anyone ever used it.

    According to It’s FOSS, Firefox lost nearly 50 million users in the last three years. As of 16th August 2021, Firefox had 196 million users, which is still a lot of people, but the trend is down. On Jan 28 2019 it had 244 to 253 million – it’s not a flat line and there are ups and downs. However, the overall direction is down and it is now below 200 million.

    Whichever statistic you look at, it is not good for Firefox. I wonder why? If you used to use Firefox, but now don’t, what made you switch? I would be interested to know.

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    My personal experience was that, as a developper (techys were are lot of the Firefox fans), Firefox gave me all the customization I needed.

    Eventually, when they reduced a bit on customization offering, about:config was there to save the day.

    Then, many year before now, they started this way of thinking that less options is less ways of having a user getting a bad experience. This was the beginning of the end for me. I remind you that a lot of users were techys and were using Firefix because it was able to do what they wanted in the way they wanted.

    They eventually removed options and eventually the access to about:config in some Firefox flavours (ex: on Android), asking users to install the nighly build option to use it.

    I want a stable browser that allows me to do what I need in the way I want so this is where I dropped off.

    I still used it on Windows but Google began to do what Microsoft did in the Internet Explorer “golden” (for them) era and implemented functionalities (outside of standards? at least not supported by non-chromium) for Chrome (or chromium) so I started to get problems sometimes on some websites with Firefox.

    When using alternatives (ex: Brave) on Android, I started to be able to do stuff I was not able anymore with Firefox so sometimes I also use them on Windows… so the wheel is not rolling in the right direction for me.
    <p style=”text-align: left;”>I love Mozilla and the things they do for privacy and standards but if I cannot cutomize their browser to do what I want I will not use it. That is very sad.</p>

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