It has always been a habit of mine to launch Firefox as my browser. It’s just something I have done for so many years I never give it a second thought, but things might be changing.

I have played with Chrome since it burst onto the scene but it has played second fiddle to Firefox largely because of the large number of extensions from the Mozilla offering. But I have noticed a trend.

More and more developers are developing plugins, extensions – call them what you will – and ignoring Firefox. At this moment there are tools on my Chrome browser for Springpad, Dropbox, Remember The Milk and others that just don’t exist for Firefox. Tweetdeck have a fully fledged version that runs from within Chrome. No sign of an alternative for any other browser.

And then there’s the speed. The latest Chrome 10 is blisteringly fast with new interface and a boost to Javascripts of something like 66%and has new security aspects such as sandboxing flash applications. According to my Google Analytics report visitors to my site are led by Firefox and Chrome running almost neck and neck.

Firefox 4 is almost out, the RC is available on the company’s FTP servers, but it seems such a long drawn out process so very similar to when V3 was promised and delay was followed by delay. I think the team at Mozilla will have to pull something out of the hat if it is to regain the lead but is this going to be too little too late. When I got my netbook I loaded Chrome in preference to Firefox because it is so much faster. I suspect I am not the only long term Firefox fan that is drifting Chromewards.