Tuesday, November 09, 2004


Firefox
1.0 -- a new browser -- is now released. I've been using a beta for a few months, and I'm loving it. I can't say the same thing about mozilla or opera. Firefox has a few big advantages over IE:
- Tabbed browsing (I don't end up with 15 open IE windows at the end of the day)
- Mouse-less browsing (I can type 'wordOnLink to highlight a link and click enter)
- No spyware
- Change for the sake of change
- Fast install (4Mb download)

Now I do miss one thing about IE: the Google Toolbar. I miss the next/prev buttons when browsing the top few google search results, and I miss the search keyword highlighting.

The user base for Firefox is growing really fast -- I think they are doubling every month or so from an article I read. This is a perfect example of why competition is needed in any industry. IE had no competition for years and the team stopped all innovation. IE looks pretty much like the versions back in 99. Microsoft did win the browser war, but it failed the users by never making browsing and the internet a better place (of course, that makes sense as the browser marginalizes the windows platform).

I'm really happy that I finally have a viable alternative. Remember that like any drug, you might have withdrawal symptoms. But rest free; you'll detox quickly.

6 Comments:

Blogger Risk Mosaic said...

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5:09 PM  
Blogger Sushma Iyer said...

I use Firefox , but have installed google toolbar on it...theres a special google tool bar for mozilla ...

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sush, Its Meghs - tried to send you email at your address in England and hotmail but they bounced - dont know how to get in touch. Lemme know what to do.

Reza - yeah, firefox is great!:)

11:05 PM  
Blogger Sushma Iyer said...

meghs,
mail me sushmai@hotmail.com
:)

10:16 PM  
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Anonymous polizza auto said...

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3:13 PM  

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