We need Chrome no more

The dominance of Chrome has a major detrimental effect on the Web
as an open platform: developers are increasingly shunning other
browsers in their testing and bug-fixing routines. If it works as
intended on Chrome, it’s ready to ship. This in turn results in
more users flocking to the browser as their favorite Web sites and
apps no longer work elsewhere, making developers less likely to
spend time testing on other browsers. A vicious cycle that, if not
broken, will result in most other browsers disappearing in the
oblivion of irrelevance. And that’s exactly how you suffocate the
open Web. When it comes to promoting this mono-browser culture,
Google is leading the pack. Poor quality assurance and questionable
design choices are just the tip of the iceberg when you look at
Google’s apps and services outside the Chrome ecosystem. Making
matters worse, the blame often lands on other vendors for
“holding back the Web”. The Web is Google’s turf as it stands
now; you either do as they do, or you are called out for being a
laggard. Without a healthy and balanced competition, any open
platform will regress into some form of corporate control. For the
Web, this means that its strongest selling points—freedom and
universal accessibility—are eroded with every per-cent that
Chrome gains in market share. This alone is cause for concern. But
when we consider Google’s business model, the situation takes a
scary turn. An excellent article on just how dangerous the Chrome
monoculture has become to the open web. I switched away from
everything Chrome recently, opting instead to use Firefox on my
laptop, desktop, and mobile devices.
Source: FS – Industry
We need Chrome no more

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