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Firefox reaches a 25% market share

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Firefox is making deep cuts into the browser marketshare, as seen here.

I got wind of this recently when I met a normal management person with no relevance to the tech industry, not working in the tech industry, still tell me he uses Firefox.

What switched me over was IE7 — the total bloat of that browser became an obstacle for me to actually get any web research done, and I had to switch.

What browser do you prefer to use, and why?

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  • I shifted to Firefox due to features and features alone, though most of these are now part of IE7 but I have not shifted back to IE and no plans of doing so in future until unless it gives me the features not present in Firefox.

    The features include which made me switch from IE6

    1-)Tabbed windows.
    2-)City weather add on at the status bar.
    3-)Auto spell check.
    4-)Different search engines (imdb,wiki,google,answers etc) without having to install ANNOYING tool bars eating away the precious space at the top of the page.
    5-)Dictionary on context menu.

  • i also love fire fox. with all those extensions you can do wonder with your browsing. also the best part is i feel a lot safe while using fire fox

  • Well, the features I like the most are

    1. Tabbed Browsing (that IE gives now)
    2. Restore Session if system hangs or power goes off
    3. Video extension, that lets me reap all the youtube vidoes
    4. Integration with Flashget to get the downloads rolling in
    5. Less of virus/malware developers attack it, so i can go more places

    The list is never ending, so i leave the rest for the next person posting in

  • Muhammad Asif Razzaque

    Need to make a decision. Anyone with experiences on the following:

    1. How load-bearing (performance consistency) is the Foxy browser in terms of multiple instances of opened windows?

    2. Also like in IE sometimes if one windows hangs and is shut down all other IE windows are gone with that. Does FF treat it any different?

    3. Frequency of service pack download prompts?

    4. Integration with relevant MS Ofice applications?

    5. Integration with 3rd party toolbar applications?

  • The best thing Asif is to try it yourself — its a small light install and would help you ease into whatever choice you feel fit.

    From my usage of Firefox:

    1- Much better performance management — one window that’s stuck / taking a long time has no bearing on other windows in terms of response.

    2- One crash does crash all the other windows — but you’ll love the “restore session” feature. Just open the fox again and all the windows come back exactly like they were.

    3- Not enough to be a distraction. Plus, firefox simply says “Do you want to install it now, or when you close the browser”. The install-at-close is completely non-intrusive because it installs in the background and the updates are ready next time you start.

    4- Not that I know of, but why would you want it?

    5- This is probably the key differentiator — firefox has a huge plugin library; not just toolbars but many many customizations. Try it yourself.

    For the rest of you: That, ladies and gentleman was an example of citizen marketing. Firefox never paid me to endorse them.

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