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geekgirl
14 Nov 2006

I have been using Firefox for several years now and just love it. I support over 300 PC's at my work and I see a lot of issues with IE. I have switched back and forth from IE to Netscape back to IE and now to Firefox. Supposedly Firefox is more secure and I definitely LOVE the add-ins. I have firefox on my PC at work, my PC at home and my Mac laptop and with an add-in I am able to sync all my bookmarks on all those machines. THAT alone is worth it to me! I have tested IE 7 but there are some things in 7 that I use a lot in Firefox and that I miss.. so for now I am still a diehard Firefox fan.

The only thing I have found with firefox 2 was a printing issue. I tried to print an article and firefox would only print the first page. It was on my MAC so I switched to Safari and it worked fine. I think this is a know issue that they are working on. Other than that all my upgrades went great and Firefox rocks on!

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Kim Welsh
14 Nov 2006

I have tried to make the switch to Firefox for about a year. I find that it's way too slow and almost clunky (not a great description, but there you have it)compared to IE. Now that Microsoft has finally arisen out of its stupor and released IE7, there's even more reason to stick with IE. I don't necessarily support Microsoft, but I support good software. I use Thunderbird instead of Outlook, but I do find IE much better and faster than Firefox.

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Tony
14 Nov 2006

I have been using FF for 18 months without any problems. I do maintain IE on my machine for a few hard to reach sites. I tried IE 7 beta and right off the get-go had problems. The same with recent IE 7 final release.

Almost the same week that the final version of IE 7 was released, I received a newsletter advising that the security settings be changed immediately - the default settings allowed built in security risks. There are so many different security settings in IE 7 and the terminology has changed so dramatically, how is a user supposed to know what is safe? I made the recommended changes and some of my "secure" sites wouldn't open so I changed back to the Default settings.

I help 5 different pc users maintain their systems and advise strongly "not to" use IE 7 if possible. They rarely have problems.

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David L.
14 Nov 2006

I have been using Firefox for over a yr now and love it. I like the customization of it. If you have something you want to do in it there's probably an extension that will do it. The tab behavior is better in Firefox than IE7 with the tab mix plus extension. The only gripe I have with Firefox is the longer it's open the more memory it takes. At times it gets over 100k of memory, however thats probably has to do more with the extensions I'm using and not the browser itself.

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Gary C.
14 Nov 2006

I switched to Firefox a little over a year ago and am very satisfied. I also downloaded and installed IE7 but hated it. While, I liked the tabbed browsing, I hate it when the user interface is changed for no good reason. The browser (and OS far that matter) should be invisible and allow you to complete the real work - browsing the net (or spreadsheets, word processing, etc, in the case of the OS). It really ticks me off when an "upgraded" program makes me waste time searching for functions with which I was very familiar in the former version. This is simply counter productive.

The final straw for IE7 was that it disabled MusicMatch Jukebox (version 7.5). I was unable to load it, remove it or reinstall it. I use this program frequently and see no reason to pay money to upgrade to a newer version just because Microsoft can't play nicely with the other kids. I have subsequently reverted to IE6 and will continue to use Firefox 2.0.

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Lefty
14 Nov 2006

I have used used both Firefox and IE in all their forms, but I keep coming back to the far superior browser, Opera. (What a stupid name!)

The others are years behind Opera in terms of features. Firefox add-ons are all already elegantly built into Opera. The Operal email client is amazingly efficient and easy to set up. Another great feature is the wealth of keyboard shortcuts: switch between tabs (tap one key), create an email from anywhere in the browser (ctrl+e). And Opera is highly configurable both by its preference menu and by the choice of dozens of free skins.

But even if none of that were true, I would keep coming back to Operal for the way it proportionally resizes images and text at the same time with only a tap of the + or - keys. Once you try this for shopping, viewing news photos, or anything else, my bet is that you will be hooked.

If you want a browser with a cool name look elsewhere. If you want features and function in a browser without security issues, check Opera. (And tell them to change the name.)

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LIZ
14 Nov 2006

First of all, I've not been able to test drive IE7 because our System's Dept says it isn't compatible with a lot of our current software (and perhaps some hardware as well.)

Personally I can only compare Firefox with IE6. My fave features are the tabs, of coourse and also the log-in/password saver feature. I have to register at a LOT of sites in my work and this is a terrific time saver. Along with this I love that it saves and prompts for my personal info for filling in online forms.

I almost never crash with Firefox anymore. A few dimwitted sites (written using MS developer?) don't respond well (or at all) to Firefox. Fine, they don't get my business. I also prefer Bookmark manager on Firefox. Before I read your article, I wasn't even aware of the consolidation of toolbars feature. Haven't had time to try it out, but that's yet another plus.

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Mark D.
14 Nov 2006

I use both IE and Firefox extensively. I love the tabs in Firefox. My current work and home systems both run Windows 2000, so I can't use IE7.

I do web application programming, and the JavaScript Console in Firefox is wonderful for that! I keep IE6 as default on my work system because most of my customers and coworkers use that, and for Microsoft Update, of course.

And why does Firefox use the application I want for PDFs (Adobe Reader) but IE insists on using the older Acrobat software I also have? Why won't it let *me* decide???

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Carole
14 Nov 2006

I liked using Firefox much better than IE, but finally switched back to the new IE7 because I kept losing my favorites (bookmarks) on Firefox and couldn't figure out how to rectify it. Something about if the power goes off while you are using it, or some such thing.....so after losing all my favorites a few times, I sadly went back to IE7.

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M. Storm
14 Nov 2006

I use Firefox because of the many fine features such as the tabs, extensions and OS independence etc. (I use Linux extensively) More than anything else though - I use it because Microsoft will not innovate absent competition since they'd have no reason to do so. Oh, and Bob - rather than throwing tomatoes I'd rather send kudos your way - you've kept an open mind and check back periodically to see what progress has been made.

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TjBrett
14 Nov 2006

My wife and I both have Yahoo e-mail accounts. It has been a bit of a hassle to log out of web-based Yahoo, then log on again to view our respective accounts.

I discovered that if my wife logs onto yahoo through IE, and I log on with Firefox, the respective browsers remember who we are. It has made yahoo e-mailing much easier.

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Heather
14 Nov 2006

I LOVE FireFox. I hated IE7 and I am not looking forward to the "permanent switch" when it's forced on us. I installed IE7 and my fonts in Outlook became slightly blurred and hurt my eyes. The tabs were nice but not great. The appearance was a little slicker than IE6 but the functionality or lack thereof was too annoying to appreciate it. I cannot use Firefox for everything but I had to uninstall IE7 because it bothered me so badly. However, when I must use IE, I prefer to use it with Avant Browser.

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Ken McLeod
15 Nov 2006

I uninstalled IE 7 because it interfered with eTrust ITM v8. Otherwise 7 is a better browser than 6. Also found certain sites did not recognize IE7. In any case I don't like either IE 6 or 7 or Firefox, and prefer to use Maxthon (MyIE).

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Bruce
15 Nov 2006

There is a problem with Firefox + Yahoo! mail when using a screen resolution of 800 X 600 that cuts off the text on the right and give NO scroll bar. (See the Mozilla discussion forum at: http://tinyurl.com/yn3f6o )

The only way to overcome the problem is to either open the page in Internet Explorer (back where we started) or select View > Page style > No style. You get the scrol bar but the html pix are a mess. I've got IE 7 and have put away Firefox.

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Robert T Deloyd
15 Nov 2006

Dude I've been using Firefox for a few years and never looked back. I tried the new IE7 when it was beta (bad mistake) and using it now just to get my Windows Updates. I tell people that have Win98 and WinME NEVER USE IE and Outlook since the OS is no longer supported by security updates from MS. //bob

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Arnie
15 Nov 2006

I have been using Firefox since it made 1.0 available. I have had a few rendering problems and a very few browser crashes. Most features work well for me and it autoupdates quietly in the background. It doesn't do windows movies (.wmv), but that is a limitation of my OS. (SuSE 9.2 linux, free version) The included browser (Konqueror) crashed frequently on my computer, so Firefox was a great improvement. Oh, and it was free.

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Artena Douglas
15 Nov 2006

I have Foxfire on my laptop and I hate it. Sorry people but I am old and I am used to IE. I have upgraded IE on my PC and I do like the new one.

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George Halbig
15 Nov 2006

I have a Win 2000 Pro OS. I've been using Firefox for some time now. Even when I need IE for banking or credic cards I can switch to IE within Firefox. Please note that IE7 does not load in 2000 Pro. George

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Vikki
16 Nov 2006

I've been using Firefox for almost 2 years without major problems on either my PC (XP Pro) or my Mac (Tiger). I started using it for StumbleUpon, but I stayed with it for its versatility & simplicity. I use IE only when I have to (rarely). I just had a bad experience with IE7 on the PC & had to uninstall it. I'm still trying to clean up that mess. ~Vikki

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Jim
16 Nov 2006

I've used Firefox since it was introduced and like it. Now using Firefox 2.0. Have kept IE updated, but only for Windows Updates. Decided to update to IE 7 but discovered it has the genuine Windows "reminder" nag slipped in as part of the install. No thanks.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Why would you object to that, unless you're using an illegal copy of Windows? The verification step takes just a few seconds...

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