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If you are reading this review chances are you are probably reading it with Internet explorer. This is probably because Internet explorer came with your PC and being a person who is not so sure about trying out alternative lifestyles or new things in general you haven't tried anything else.
There is a brilliant alternative to your lethargic Internet Explorer and it has been around for quite some time. Its Open source meaning that any number of people can work on it and improve it, and its free meaning it will cost you nothing.
According to information from NetApplications.com, in October 2004 Internet Explorer had 92 percent of the market; in September 2005 that dropped to 86 percent; and as of September 2006 Internet Explorer's market share dropped to 82 percent, with Firefox's rising to 12.5 percent. In two years Microsoft ceded 10 percent of its audience to its competition. what does this mean to you ? it means gradually people are waking up to the farce that is Internet explorer and are going to bed with the sleek sexy FireFox.
I switched to FireFox after several security problems emerged with IE, which of course is built into Microsoft's ubiquitous Windows operating system. i was completely fed up with all the crashes.
So how do these two browsers match up against each other?
Internet explorer 7 requires a reboot and takes forever. Plus the download is Huge and you have to turn off your antivirus. Firefox 2 on th other hand is a small download and installs in about 30 seconds, no reboots or gene sequencing required. Thank God.
2. Look and feel
I must admit that the latest incarnation of windows internet explorer has had a makeover making a bit more visually pleasing to look at but it still is no match for firefox . Why? because with firefox there is almost an unlimited number of skins and appearances that it can take on that make it almost impossible to beat. firefox is also supported by a friendly community of Geeks who are always more than willing to help you with this awesome browser Internet explorer's support lacks a human face, enough said.
3.Tabbed Browsing, RSS and bits and bobs
A big feature of Internet explorer 7 . They made a lot of noise about it as if it was something new. FireFox users had been using tabbed browsing for years. No contest here. Internet explorer lacks initiative and speed. Is it my imagination, or does FireFox open a new tab about a millisecond faster than IE 7 does? At the same time, IE 7's blank tab can help users discover tabbed browsing. thats probably the only good thing about it. Firefox's RSS features are better why ? because (as Rafe mentions) they can let you subscribe with a third-party newsreader unlike inter net explorer which kind of limits your feeds Overall, however, I found the RSS features somewhat clumsy in both browsers and easy for RSS newbies to overlook. IE 7's easy ability to zoom in on a Web page makes for better browsing if you have vision problems. Ctrl-T does the same trick within FireFox, but most users may not memorize such keyboard shortcuts. FireFox also checks your spelling, which could save you from embarrassing yourself in a hasty e-mail or blog post. another good thing about FireFox is in case it crashes it can actually remember where you were and what you were doing and restore your last session!
4.Security and Performance
In conclusion... FireFox is definitely the better browser its faster its cooler and its far more secure than Internet explorer its a shame that most people still use Internet explorer.