Internet Explorer Vs. Firefox
The world of Web browsing is changing. Microsoft's
browser Internet Explorer has been the de facto standard for Internet users since the late '90s, when Redmond quashed Netscape
. Now Microsoft seems to have a real competitor, Firefox
. The Mozilla Foundation
open source project, funded by Time Warner
and Sun Microsystems
, launched Firefox version 0.9 on June 15. Firefox 1.0 is due out by early November. Internet users began switching during the summer after several security problems emerged with IE, which of course is built into Microsoft's ubiquitous Windows operating system. Starting this summer Firefox was getting between 200,000 and 300,000 downloads a day. Mozilla and Firefox browsers may have a total of about 25 million users. Firefox is lauded by fans for its download speed and a superior user interface, and users say that its pop-up blocker is one of the best out there. It offers tabbed browsing, which means that users can jump back and forth between different sites with only one window open, and live bookmarks, which show users the most recent headlines on their favorite sites and lets them go directly to those articles. The biggest challenge facing anyone who wants to take on IE is that most Web sites are built to work best with Microsoft's IE simply because it's what sits on most PCs. That means some sites may not look quite right or may not be accessible at all via a browser other than IE. It's good news for Firefox and its fans that developers' attitudes are changing, but reversing Microsoft's dominance remains a long shot. Both browsers have had security problems and issued patches, and each has other pros and cons.