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    FireFox or IE 7

    I have Windows XP Hacks and Mods for DUMMIES and i tryed FireFox and liked it but then i found the new Micrsoft Inernet Explorer Beta 7 and its even better it has the tab browsing zoom in east to use tools and more! what do you guys tink about the new ie 7 or firefox?

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    Re: FireFox or IE 7

    With browsers it is very much down to personal preferences and posting this question in some forums would lead to flame wars.

    IE7 is still in beta and subject to change and may still be buggy. I like its tab browsing capabilities and think it has taken giant steps forward since IE6. My main concern would be security and how long it takes to fix any security holes, Microsoft have been behind other organisations in that area. Overall I think it is a good browser and far better than IE6 but would be reluctant to recommend a browser that is still in beta.

    I prefer Firefox over IE7 mainly due to its adaptability with 100s of extensions available so you can adapt Firefox to suit your needs. Its tab browsing capabilities far exceed IE7's when you use extensions like Tab Mix Plus.

    Have you tried Opera? It is probably a bit faster than Firefox or IE7 and the only one to include a built in e-mail client. It is worth trying it before you decide which browser you like best.

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    Re: FireFox or IE 7

    I've been beta testing IE7 and while there's much to like about it, it's not enough to get me to switch camps. You see, a few years ago I started using Firefox (which was then named Phoenix) and I found much to like about it. Most significant was the fact that it was not riddled with security issues, partially due to design, mostly due to its relatively small user base. IE will always be a victim of its own success in regards to security exploits as long as it's the biggest target.

    IE7 is a great product and a vast improvement over previous versions, but it's too little too late for me. Nowadays, having used Firefox through several versions and name changes, I find it hard to duplicate some of the functionality I take for granted - whether in the base browser or through extensions - in any other browser. Adblock Plus alone is reason enough for me to stay with Firefox.

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    Re: FireFox or IE 7

    I haven't tried IE7 but I've read plenty about it. Essentially there's nothing (much) it can do that Firefox (plus a few extensions) can't. The only major plus in the IE7 camp is the zoom function - but that's a nice-to-have rather than an essential, and Firefox's zoom is adequate. On the other hand, there's plenty of features in Firefox that Microsoft haven't picked up in IE7 (the in-page find function springs to mind). Considering also that IE7 will remain static (ie no add-ins) whereas Firefox will continue to evolve and you can customise it to your heart's content - for me, there's no competition. Firefox wins hands-down.
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    Re: FireFox or IE 7

    The main reason that most people will want to have IE7, even if their primary browser is Firefox, is that some sites and applications require and test for Internet Explorer before running. Until pressure on vendors makes all sites and applications "neutral," it would be difficult to completely give up IE. And as long as you're going to have to use IE now and again, the final version of IE7 should be more functional and, one can hope, more secure than IE6. But I'm in no rush to be a beta tester. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: FireFox or IE 7

    I run IE7 at home & work. I work for a small software development company. There is no official IT department. Kind of by default much of the internal support has fallen to me. As such, I'll not support Firefox. If anyone here wants to run it they are on their own. I do not think that FF is any more secure than a fully patched WinXP SP-2 system running IE. I've got enough pieces of software to worry about keeping up with without adding FF to the mix. We do have FF, Opera, Maxthon, Avant and Aol browsers installed on two test machines. But those are for development testing only.

    The thing I'd say to remember is that IE 7 is BETA software. As such, there is no vouching for its safety or stability - YMMV. However, I've had very good luck with it so far and once released I'd highly recomment it.

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