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Will IE7 Kill Firefox?

After months of anxious anticipation, Internet Explorer 7 is finally available. Now, we can abandon those pesky open-source browsers that have kept IE from cementing its domination of the market. I can't wait to uninstall Firefox, Flock and Opera. No more worrying about cool extensions and plug-ins from an army of developers, no more worry about Web sites that just don't look quite right, and finally no more guilt about trying to be one of those people who seeks out Microsoft alternatives. If I were you, I'd rumble over to IE7's download site immediately. Can it only be a matter of time before Firefox's 10% to 12% share of the browser market returns to a more reasonable level – say 2% to 3%? Then, we'd be back to normal again with a true king and lots of little wannabes wandering around to make it seem like competition is alive and well.

   Then again…what if IE7 isn't the be all and end of browsers? What if it's a simply much-needed improvment from IE6, which was still using Spyglass technology from late-1990s? What if Firefox 2.0 is just as good and user-friendly? (and less of a memory hog would help as well!) Surely, this would force Microsoft to deal with competitors (Firefox, Opera, Flock, Maxthon, etc.) that encourage innovation. What if all those Firefox users and all those Firefox developers just keep on doing what they're doing? Now, this could be interesting, very interesting.

   So what do you do as a browser user? Well, if you're curious and brave, download IE7. If you're happy with Firefox, Flock and Opera, just keep on doing what you're doing. For more view check out FactoryCity, Inside Microsoft and Matt Cutts.

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  • Anonymous

    IE7 as uber-browser…not so much.
    I downloaded it awhile ago as a beta. I use it solely to access Microsoft's TechNet forums, since they won't render quite right in Firefox. Mind you I had a heck of time getting IE 7's security permissions set right to access microsoft.com in the first place.
    As a developer, I don't care for it. It still gives cryptic information for debugging ASP code – Firefox is much more explicit. Firefox is also better at helping debug JavaScript – which with the explosion in AJAX lately, is a very important feature for developers once again.
    As an IT Professional, supporting corporate users, I don't care for IE7 either. My users are quite confused by the interface. They are much more comfortable with IE6. I could spend awhile tweaking IE7 to more closely resemble a UI that works – or I can just leave everyone on IE6. Hmmm.
    So, IE7 is not for me. But then again, the first thing I did with XP was change the interface to classic windows. I like the functionality of the newer software, but does the UI have to change? Microsoft, take a hint from Ford and Mopar, go back to what works on the outside and just leave the updates to the engine.

  • Tris Hussey

    I switched to IE7 from Firefox at about beta2. I just got sick and tired of the memory leaks. I've found that I do like IE7 and like like all the cool things I've been missing that integrate with IE (like MindManager).
    But when IE7 is pushed out, I know I'm going to have to be doing tech support with friends and family because it's new.

  • Anonymous

    I think it was Andrew Marr who first expressed the rule about articles with headlines that end with a question mark. “The answer is no”.
    Firefox are too far ahead on features already.

  • Jim Courtney

    Seems llike Alec Saunders (formerly Product Manager for the original IE in 1995) still finds the latest release candidate buggy.
    But of course the MS people did not listen and apparenlty are unleashing it on us as we discuss it.

  • Anonymous

    For Firefox: I don't understand people's complaints about memory leaks. I've been using Fx 1.5 on a 233 MHz Pentium II computer with 128 MB RAM, and didn't see any serious problems.
    But it is true (and you can certainly feel it on a slow computer) that IE6 was a lot faster then either Firefox or Opera.
    Now I'm writing this on a more modern machine. I've just tried IE7 and as someone who got converted from IE mainly because it couldn't properly magnifiy text (you young people with big monitors don't really understand how important this may be), I am very disappointed. IE7's page zooming is almost completely useless. Even though this page resizes just fine with the browser window, when I zoom the page, a horizontal scrollbar appears. On magnified pages sometimes you have to hover near the links (and not above them) to highlight them. I am really surprised to see that such an essential feature has so serious bugs.

  • Anonymous

    IE7 is good but so is Firefox 2.0. I'm using both. Firefox is built for some sites and so is IE. I use Firefox for doing my email and googling. I use IE 7 for browsing microsoft sites and at work. Firefox 2.0 is better though. Less memory use, and a lot faster page load times. Try both it. My friends like IE 7 more. I like Firefox more.

  • Anonymous

    IE 7 is a joke.
    Its basically a lite early Firefox. Everything is copied and nothing is improved.
    And your statistics are a bit off. Firefox has over 28% of current browsing my friend. Thats over a quarter.
    I predict IE 7 will drive more people to Firefox.
    Once IE 6 people switch over to 7 and learn the new system many will try Firefox and find its system much more user-friendly and customizable. Microsoft is going to LOSE users in the switchover from 6 to 7. Mark my words.

  • Maciek

    Jesus god man. Just take this page down. Please.