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Sunday, January 23, 2005

Firefox beating IE?

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It looks like FireFox is quickly becoming more popular than Internet
Explorer. According to "China View" 4.78% of internet surfers use Firefox, which is a gain of 0.88% while IE usage has declined 0.7%. Although I doubt this is enough to make Microsoft tremble, it does show that many users are becoming familiar with "open source" software and leaving "IE establishment." Although I personally don't like Firefox (it is limited in what it can view compared to IE) it is good to see someone other than Google fighting the MSN dynasty. Selah!

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The popularity of open-source web browser Firefox is rising continuously at the expense of Microsoft's Internet Explorer(IE), a new study said Friday

More from the article.
As downloads continued to surge, measurement firms such as WebSideStory and Dutch market researcher OneStat began releasing data tracking Firefox gains and IE declines. In December, OneStat reported that IE's market share had slipped to 88.9 percent, a figure Microsoft disputed. Even though Microsoft maintains the dominance since defeating the Netscape Communicator browser in the mid-1990s, Firefox's snowballing popularity is well-marked.

WebSideStory said many people are not only downloading Firefox,they're sticking with it and using it. Firefox fans praise the new browser's automatic pop-up blocking and tabbed browsing features, but security has been one of the big points. Viruses and spyware are often aimed at IE because of its near-total market dominance, and Firefox's rising popularity may eventually attract the attention of malicious code writers trying to exploit security holes, IT experts predicted.

Although I do love the speed of Firefox in general (as well as the inability of pop ups to get through) one thing I do not enjoy about the new browser is the inability to see a website clearly (especially the fancier ones). I have had similar experiences in Safari, and although I love the applications, drifting away from IE is not something that I would see in the near future. Selah!

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