I had been a long time FireFox user but for the past few months I've been using the nightly builds of Chromium (the open source version of Chrome, what Chrome is based on). It's fast, able to use extensions, and has a bookmarks manager (unlike Chrome Beta Mac, which doesn't really have anything -lol). So far it's been pretty reliable, although once in a great while a build may be a little buggy, but I've only had that happen once so far. One build used crap loads of CPU and would crash while trying to quit. FU then, I was quitting anyways!
No worries tho, most bugs are fixed fast and you can always easily revert back a version in the meantime... I don't mind constantly updating, it only takes a few secs. Chromium is my default browser now.
Here's the link for the XP nightlies if you wanna try it, and I've used these on Windows 7 too.
Download the one under "LATEST" if several builds are listed above it; Xttp://build.chromium.org/buildbot/snapshots/chromium-rel-xp/LATEST
Or you can try the Beta version of Chrome; Xttp://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html?extra=betachannel Xttp://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel/
It's more stable than the dev channel releases so it's best to use beta if you want to use Chrome with extensions as you default browser, and not have to update all the time...well, it should do it for you anyhow
, Chromium doesn't update automatically like Chrome does. The Mac beta doesn't have extensions enabled, so that's why I use Chromium on the Mac side.
If you want to save your extension preferences (of course you do
) don't delete cookies by using the "Clear browsing data…" option, uncheck Delete cookies and if you ever want to delete them and still keep your extension preferences you can do it though Under the Hood -> Show cookies and website permissions.
In earlier builds there was an option to delete LocalStorage (where extension prefs are) or keep it, but now it's deleted along with cookies if you use the "Clear browsing data" option and choose to erase cookies. Edit: I've begun using the developer release of Chrome rather than Chromium since extensions are enabled in the dev Chrome Mac version again (the Mac beta still doesn't have extensions enabled). It has a separate option to delete or save local storage as Chromium once did (in the recent Chromium builds local storage gets deleted along with cookies so your extension preferences will be lost if localstorage is deleted), and it has the auto-update option too. I'm hoping to stick with the dev releases until either the beta or official releases have extensions enabled.