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Old 31-05-2005, 20:23   #1
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Firefox about to get IE on its knees

It looks like Firefox is unstoppable. In spite of the vulnerabilities discovered lately, the open-source browser continues to rise in the top of the user’s preferences.

According to W3schools, a site known amongst web developers, Firefox reached a market share of 25%, while Internet Explorer plummeted to 64.8%. If we take into consideration the entire browsing solutions suite, Mozilla Foundation now owns a market share of almost 30%.

A study of the Secunia security company shows that regardless of all the security bugs recently discovered, the users haven’t lost their faith in the “Internet’s sly fox”, but quite the opposite, the speed at which the open-source developers took care of these problems was highly appreciated.

In November 2004, Internet Explorer had a market share of 95%, in January this year it had dropped to 84.1%, and now, according to the w3schools website, the “almighty” browser’s share of the market reached 64.8%.

If we take into consideration the fact that Firefox is not embedded into an operating system as Internet Explorer is, and does not benefit from the same kind of advertising-dedicated funds as Microsoft does, the open-source browser’s performances are even more impressive.

If the browser maintains its adoption rate, Firefox will turn from the small thorn in Internet Explorer’s side into a humongous pole, and Windows’ integrated browser might end up in Netscape’s situation, with 1% market share.
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I can't see IE going down to 1% share, but it wouldn't suprise me if Firefox eventually gets more than IE.

IE through being installed in with Windows, will simply suffice for most people who just browse the web and for whom 'it just works'.

Those who are a bit more tech-savvy or enthusiasts will switch to FireFox.

I wonder what effect the FireFox email client has had on the Outlook Express install base - I'll be looking at it when I upgrade my PC.
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Old 01-06-2005, 09:08   #3
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Firefox is a brilliant browser, the tabbed interface is especially useful if you are 'forum hopping'!

I have only briefly tried the Thunderbird email client and it seemed very polished, it is also supposed to be very good at filtering spam emails. Sadly for those of us who use smart phones we seem to be stuck with using Outlook with phone manufacturers proprietary conduit systems.
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I switched over to thunderbird in the new year, and it is far more reliable than outlook was on my machine.

I had some start up issues where it kept duplicating some of my old emails off the servers. After a couple of goes it had sorted itself out, and I deleted all the extra copies. I guess this was simply due to a slight difference in settings, although the outcome for me now is the same.

The only thing I miss is the integration with AVG antivirus, but i'm sure that will come if the new firefox users switch to thunderbird too.
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Old 01-06-2005, 14:34   #5
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is firefox faster then ie?

if it allows faster downloads them my 56 k may appreciate a switch.
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firefox is just far more superior, so much more user friendly
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Old 01-06-2005, 15:06   #7
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is firefox faster then ie?

if it allows faster downloads them my 56 k may appreciate a switch.
it won;t speed up your downloads I'm afraid. However if you install Firefox and install the Flashgot extension you may get a small increase in speed at the expense of browser bandwidth.
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Old 01-06-2005, 15:47   #8
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I love Firefox ,IE just so boring & bland , I've got just about all the add-on's aswell ,And Thunderbird (A much better email client than Outlook Ex)
Micro$oft will probely come up with something to get their browser back on track if it plumpets (hopefully not) but IE users are missing somthing a little extra Mozilla gives us.

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Firefox is a brilliant browser, the tabbed interface is especially useful if you are 'forum hopping'!

what's this tabbed interface i keep hearing about???, i swiched to firefox about a week ago and i love it, it renders sites much quicker than ie does altho i still have to swich to ie for my internet banking

where will i get updates and plugin's for firefox???
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Press ctrl when you click a link, you wil see how useful it is!
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ooooo that looks like it's gonna be usefull
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Or CTRL-T to open a new tab, and then type the URL in.

P.S. Haven't used IE for about 3 years now, and switched to Thunderbird about 3 months ago
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Well, I can think of 30,000 false entries in that percentage.

All of our browsers are IE, but configured to identify themselves as non IE for security reasons.

Still impressive all the same.

We have of course been here before with Netscape and look who won. Will be interesting to see how this goes over time.
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Well, I can think of 30,000 false entries in that percentage.All of our browsers are IE, but configured to identify themselves as non IE for security reasons.Still impressive all the same.We have of course been here before with Netscape and look who won. Will be interesting to see how this goes over time.
Oh come on Stu. Don't be such a stick in the mud!

Throw the pipe and slippers away and get with what's modern Get with Firefox.

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I work a lot with all kinds of browsers. I have used every one on the market.

When you are rolling out to 30k machines you don't mess about with ones that are not mature, full of bugs and no real patching methodology.

But yes I do sometimes use Firefox at home, but it's incompatible with some sites I use, so I may as well use IE as it just works.
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Stu's point valid

I work for an organisatioin that does a lot via thw web. Yes Firefox is great, but it doesn't always see things the same way as IE and that can cause problems. Gates is cunning and IE doesn't always stick to the agreed rules, but hey, we all design for IE so Fierfox users can suffer. This will especially appy to 'commercial' sites. I use both browsers. Firefox is the faster as it is slimmer
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That's odd - when I'm designing sites, I usually find that FF renders the site correctly and its IE that screws up the layout. Its a right ing mare.
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Depends a lot on the application you are using to create the site Steve.

Don't forget that over 50% of the web has probably been created by using MS tools.
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I switched to firefox a 8months ago and never regretted it! I still have IE as some sites are incompatible with the Firefox. But while my IE has something thats hijacked my homepage every now and then, Firefox has not let me down!

Though there is 1 issue if ulto can help me with. When i copy text and try pasting it when wwriting a post on here, it doesn't paste.... any idea y?
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