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    make the switch?

    I'm looking to build a new system and need to know if IE 5.5 should be the default browser. Based on your experience, what would you advise?
    <FORM METHOD=POST ACTION="http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/dopoll.pl"><INPUT TYPE=HIDDEN NAME="pollname" VALUE="984411345gsterry">Default browser for new system
    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="1"> Ie 5
    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="2"> Ie 5.5
    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="3"> write-in candidate
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    Please advise.

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    Re: make the switch?

    Hi Scott:

    Don't forget that this is not a random poll. If you have the hard drive space, you can install more than one browser & switch between them. I have an old Opera version, IE 5.5, & Netscape 4.75. I use NS most of the time because I found that it's faster than IE; I don't know why. Opera is actually faster than both at many sites. IE has the "most" features.

    When you copy from IE, it copies text & graphics. NS copies everything as plain text. IE 5.01 was actually faster than NS. However, I don't know if IE slowed down because of the upgrade, or because of all the changes to my system over a period of time. So far as I'm aware, the major feature that 5.5 has over 5.01 is the ability to print preview. I like that ability because if I want to print page 6 only from a 10 page document, I can. With 5.01, I had to guess what page(s) to print.

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    Re: make the switch?

    That's interesting, Phil, because I've always found all versions of IE to be faster than Netscape on any machine I've used.
    Charlotte

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    Re: make the switch?

    Thanks for the advice and insight!

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    Re: make the switch?

    Hi Charlotte:

    When I first got my machine & installed NS (it came with IE 5.01), IE was faster. However, IE got progressively slower. What happens is that when I click a link (or use an address directly in the address bar), it gets to a point where the bar just moves back & forth until it times out. If I stop loading & press refresh, it will usually connect, but I can have 8-10 windows just trying to load. With NS, that rarely happens. NS does crash more frequently, however.

    I've never used Outlook or OE for mail, as I heard it was slower than NS & had more problems. I've had IE 5.5 now for about 3-4 months, & it's about the same as 5.01.

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    Re: make the switch?

    Hehe!

    I have an old Opera Version, IE 5.5, Netscape 4.75, and Netscape 6.0. (Being a tech, I have to be able to support as wide-a-variety as possible!) I've also got an Imac, (for those geeks using Macintosh <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/puke.gif border=0 alt=puke width=60 height=15>) and another, older machine with the ever aging IE 4.0... (but now i'm just bragging) <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    My preference overall would have to be 5.5, It's fairly easy to use, and i'm accustomed to the 'Microsoft Environment' <img src=/S/shocked.gif border=0 alt=shocked width=15 height=15>!! On 5.5 tho, It's wise to use the most recently downloadable version straight from microsoft, (aka the horses mouth) which I believe is SP1, (which i've had NO problems with, whatsoever.

    Hope that helps!

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    Re: make the switch?

    I endorse that. I've always used the latest available IE, with nary a problem. atm according to my Title Bar, I'm using 5.5, with 128-bit encryption and Privacy Update on Win2k. (IE5.50.4522.1800 from the Help Menu).
    Netscape has given me problems (at one time Enc. Britannica insisted on it. Since those far-off days I've left it alone). Most people I know swear at it, not by it. ymmv, but imho Netscape, as they say, is pants.

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    Re: make the switch?

    OK, we're even. I've never used Netscape for mail. I have used both OE and Outlook without any problems. And the latest viruses are targeting Netscape too, so those Netscape users who have been sniggering at Outlook being the target of virus attacks had better make sure their antivirus is up to date and running.

    I started out with Netscape years ago and got fed up with it crashing my machine, so I switched. I have both Netscape and IE 5.5 on my machine at work and much prefer the performance of IE. I've never seen the symptoms you describe, so I would suspect it is something in the setup on your machine or machines that is causing the problem.
    Charlotte

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    Re: make the switch?

    Eons ago I used Netscape only... Then along came IE5 and I haven't looked at Netscape since.

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