98 – Firefox

UP 27 places in 2020

Firefox is an open source web browser with thousands of add-ons that enhance its functionality.

Website: mozilla.com/firefox/
Free. Open source
Availability: Download

Ranking on the 2020 sub-lists

Top 100 Tools for
Personal Learning: 52
Top 100 Tools for
Workplace Learning:
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Overall rankings in the 14 surveys: 2007-2020

2020: 98 2019: 125 2018: 138 2017: 99 2016: 65 2015: 74 2014: 92
2013: 97 2012: 65 2011: – 2010: 29 2009: 9 2008: 2 2007: 1

Comments from those who selected Firefox as one of their top tools

“the web browser has become so ubiquitous many people are simply dropping it from the list, but for me it is central, and more to the point, it is a conscious choice. I don’t use Chrome or other Chromium-based browsers (which includes Edge) because I value the ability to block advertisements. I also prefer a privacy-focused browser, but it’s the advertising that is the deal-breaker for me. I pay thousands of dollars for computing equipment, software and connectivity, and see no reason why I should suffer advertising on top of that. Firefox is free but I donate from time to time.” Stephen Downes, Canada, 2020

“I was surprised to see Firefox on my lists from a decade ago and I recently wrote a blog post about my browser journey that took me away from Ff and now I am back. A browser steeped in privacy and security is much more attractive to me. Combined with the right plugins and it is an important tool for work and learning.” Audrey J Williams, Vice President, IT/CIO, USA

“first choice for browser for past 17 years. Use it at work, school and play.” Anon, Canada, 2019

Quick Guide to Firefox 

Here you will find some basic guidance and links to resources on how to use Firefox for teaching, training, learning and development.

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