I, like most of you have used Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browswer for a LONG time. I have tried Netscape once in a while, but have pretty much always used MS IE. Recently I’ve been using Mozila FireFox and like it a lot. More and more users are using it, as it has features (such as tabed Windows) that IE simply does not have.
Forbes writes The world of Web browsing has reached a tipping point. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser has been and remains the de facto standard for Internet users. But for the first time since the late ’90s, when Redmond quashed Netscape, Microsoft has some real competition.
Alternative browsers have been around for years, including Netscape, which was long ago absorbed by the Time Warner (nyse: TWX – news – people ) conglomerate. The popular open source browser Mozilla is based on Netscape, a program called Opera has a following, and Apple Computer (nasdaq: AAPL – news – people ) has its own browser, dubbed Safari.
But there’s a new browser from the makers of Mozilla, called Firefox, that’s getting lots of attention–and not just from the geeky set. The Mozilla Foundation open source project, which is funded by Time Warner, IBM (nyse: IBM – news – people ) and Sun Microsystems (nasdaq: SUNW – news – people ), launched Firefox version 0.9 on June 15. Firefox 1.0 is due out by early November.
This is not to say that Firefox is perfect. At times it does not open web pages properly, especially pages specifically designed for viewing by Microsoft Internet Explorer. Also, like MS IE, it does not work sometimes forcing me to close and open it again or swtich back to MS IE.
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