I remember a day in 2003 when I first tried Phoenix, a daring offspring of the bloated Mozilla suite. It was a breath of fresh air compared to the horrible IE6. It was later renamed Firebird, then Firefox, and finally version 1.0 was released on November 9 2004. It felt faster than any browser I had previously used and I instantly found myself addicted to using tabs instead of opening new IE windows all the time.
Entries with tag ”firefox”
One of the things that make Firefox superior for web development is the great addons. Here are some of my favorites.
IE6 is harder to eliminate than John McClane but now it seems to get a push towards the gorge by Microsoft themselves. It appears that IE7 will be classified as a critical update in Windows Update, meaning that it will be installed on even more machines than before but more importantly, even users with pirate versions of Windows may install it without the need for validating their license.
About a year ago, I was involved in a report predicting the future of browsers and operating systems. Today I had a look at browser statistics for March 2007. IE7 is up to 30%, at the expense of IE6 going down to 48%. Firefox is the eternal number two, with 14% of the market.
A friend asked me why I use Firefox instead of Internet Explorer 6. For a few seconds I was kind of baffled. Is there a reason not to use Firefox? IE is infamous for its inadequate web standards support and it is constantly a thorn in my side, but that’s probably an issue that doesn’t concern end users, only us web developers who have to struggle with it every day. But even apart from standards, there are several things to Firefox that improves the browsing experience.