By now, anyone who’s ever been on the web (and that would mean you) has heard of firefox.
What surprises me is that more people aren’t using it.
With the release of Firefox 2.0 and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7, one thing is perfectly clear: Firefox is kicking much butt on the internets.
During the first 24 hours, just over 2 million copies of Firefox 2 were downloaded (that’s just over 23 downloads per second… PER SECOND!!). Compare that with the 0.5 million downloads of Internet Explorer 7 during it’s first 24 hours on the web, and you’ve got something that makes a company like Microsoft nervous.
Firefox is totally free, it’s a small download (5.6mb compared to IE7’s 14.8mb), and is very feature rich.
One of the new features in Firefox 2.0 that I love is the spell checker.
I’m famous for typos (as anyone who’s ever read this blog knows). Firefox has a spell checker built that shows errors on the fly (it marks them with a red underline). Simply right-click and choose the correct spelling and it takes care of it (you can also tell it to ignore the word or add it to your dictionary).
The tabbed browsing is similar to what it was in earlier versions, except the “close” icon is on each tab now, not on the tool bar (again… nice!).
Internet Explorer 7 is better than IE 6, but doesn’t have all the features of Firefox. It does have tabbed browsing (like Firefox has always had), which is a first for Microsoft, but that’s about where the advantages end. Its annoying “anti-phishing” plug-in is pretty useless (any website that has a field you can fill in will trigger it) and it slows down how fast a page renders.
Of course, Microsoft decided to fix the numbers yesterday by making IE7 a “critical update” (yup… force feeding it to the unwashed masses… how sad).
So… chose your own destiny, download Firefox 2.0 now. RIGHT NOW! You’ll thank me later! 🙂