Ugh, the company I work at right now is currently redesigning their webpage. We're doing some serious "dumbing down" to get it to work properly in IE.
Funny thing is, it only worked at all in the first place because of a bug in IE. heh
But yeah, Firefox is where its at. I've heard good things about Opera too, but haven't had the time to try it out. I've been using Firefox for quite a while now, and back in the day I used Netscape simply to get away from IE.
Firefox and Opera are both great, and i'm currently running both (one on desktop, one on laptop). Unfortuantely I still have IE at work, but when it all fecks up - regularly - it's not my problem!!!
The problem (well, one thats relevent. theres waaaaaay too many problems to actually go into here) is that because it's so widespread, everything you design has to be IE compatible, which means you have to have versions to test on.
I'm using Firefox at home, so far so good.
At work, it's still IE, I guess. But I'll get round to using Firefox at work one day...
Ive also been using FireFox for about 2-3 months now, absolutey fab!
Never given any trouble yet! Im very pleased with it and whats better it costs nothing! So keep on supporting the Open Source stuff guys and we'll beat Billy yet!
I have to agree. Firefox is just an all around better product. I'm really glad to see that market share is going up (i could be wrong, but i heard it was at like 10%). I love the tabbed browsing and i love all the extensions that you have to option of installing (of course, you only get what you need)
I think 10% probably is about right. Unfortunately, our stats program doesn't show Firefox as a seperate browser yet, so it's kind of hard for me to tell what percentage of our visitors are using it. I have noticed a drop in IE users though, which is great to see.
It's one of those market shares that you wonder whether it will ever go down ! !
Hence this thread - the more encouragement to move on, the better I figure
One thing that annoys me is when I visit a site and it says I need to upgrade my browser to at least IE 5 .. grrr ..
That can be one problem. When a page was designed for only IE. Luckily there's a handy little extension called ieview that lets you right click on a page or a link and open that page directly in IE.
Let me just express my hatred for IE here. For some wonderful, and still unknown, reason, I've seen spyware/adware pop up on my computer over the past few months. As a result, my computer is running 100 times slower than it should be. I've tried getting rid of all the "wares" but they just seem to be coming back. It looks like I have to pull out the good ole Recovery Disk and start from scratch. When I do get around to doing that (it takes forever with numerous chats with customer support), I will look into downloading that program you suggested, Peter.
Merrrrrrrrr and Mehhhhhhhhhh to computers and Microsoft(those are my sounds of aggrevation).
Hehehe, well spoken Pete!
I upgraded to Firefox the same time I upgraded to mac (yes, it was Pete pushing me to make both these moves!). I am now one of those people that stands in the city square here in Oslo preaching about all the reasons there are to drop windows and internet explorer It took me all of a day to get used to the mac and the main problem I had was getting my emails over from my pc (of course it was my fault they were ever on a pc to start with)!
The only problem is those lousy airline and bank websites that are stuck somewhere back about five years ago! The SAS one is definitely the worst I have come across so far, it only works on one of the three browsers (Firefox, Safari and Explorer for mac) and even then has problems. Can't remember which one right now but I'm pretty sure some overpaid, underqualified development team somewhere figured they'd stick with Explorer....
Firefox is going to take over the browser market like Google took over search from Altavista (remember those days?!)!
Another good reason to go for Firefox by the way. RSS FEEDS There are plenty of RSS readers out there but it's nice to have your favourite RSS feeds (like the Travellerspoint forum) coming up on your browser. For those of you who don't have a clue, it's pretty neat: See Reuters description on RSS feeds.
I wonder if a post like this will be enough to be classed as a Firefox Crew Pick in their bookmarks area (for those of you that don't have Firefox, it's like a pre-programmed Favourite in Explorer)
Another Firefox fan here! For everyone that uses the program - I didn't find this out until just recently but there are some excellent addons you can get to enhance the browser even further.
Here's the link: http://addons.mozilla.org
Firefox "themes" are new skins for the program that change the color, buttons, etc. to customize as you like.
Even better, Firefox "extensions" are addon functions and features, some are unbelievably cool. My favorites are: ForecastFox, which shows a picture of the forecast for the next week right in my status bar / AdBlock, you can right click any ad and it will never show up again / Bandwidth tester, shows your current bandwidth... There's a ton of good ones so look around and find the ones you like!