November 09, 2004

Firefox…get a better browser

Writing about web page http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/

A few other Warwick bloggers have mentioned Firefox (here, here and here ).

I'll also through my thoughts into the mix. I've been using Firefox for a long while now, in my opinion it has long since overtaken IE as the best browser available on a Windows machine.

What I love about it:

  1. Standards complicance (as a web developer, you just have to love Firefox on this front, and on its DOM inspector tool, fantastic). For the end user what this really means is better websites, if everyone used a standards compliant browser, the world would be full of better websites.
  2. Speed. It is very very quick. Some people would say IE is just as fast, but not in my experience.
  3. Security. In this day and age, a browser this secure has got to be a good thing. Thankfully IE has almost caught up with their SP2 release.
  4. Tabbed browsing! Fantastic. If you don't already have one, get a 3 button or more scroll wheel mouse, makes browsing a breeze.
  5. Extensibility. There are loads and loads of great extensions out there to make Firefox do whatever you want it to. My favourite has got to be Adblock no more websites plastered in advertising images and annoying flash animations for me.
  6. Active development. Yes IE has had a recent security release with SP2, but it is not being actively developed any more (unless you count the myterious version that may or may not come with Longhorn in who knows how many years time). If there is a feature missing or a problem with Firefox, it will get fixed. Unlike IE

Get Firefox!


- 3 comments by 1 or more people Not publicly viewable

  1. I was under the impression that IE7 will definitely come with Longhorn, but i've heard rumors that Microsoft are increasingly leaning towards releasing it sooner.

    09 Nov 2004, 22:22

  2. Firefox all the way…

    09 Nov 2004, 22:55

  3. Whilst I like Firefox and have downloaded the latest version there are a couple of issues with it for general use:

    (a) Quite a lot of things (some online banking etc) doesn't work with it and so you have to use IE

    (b) I still think IE is faster!

    Still I like the tabbed browsing which I first used on Safari and miss when I use IE…

    10 Nov 2004, 10:38


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