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by Joel Spolsky
Tuesday, June 15, 2004

FirefoxOh, goody, FireFox 0.9 is here. And it's less than a 5 MB download. I have long since switched to FireFox for web browsing. I switched for the popup blocking but I stayed for the tabbed browsing.

Here are three reasons to switch web browsers today:

  • You'll get fewer viruses and you'll get no annoying popups asking you if you want to install lame spyware that will ruin your computer forcing a complete reinstall.
  • You can open all your bookmarks in tabs, all at once, and let them download in the background while you read them.
  • You'll help break the Microsoft Monopoly on web browsers. Microsoft took over the browser market fair and square by making a better product, but they were so afraid that Web-based applications would eliminate the need for Windows that they locked the IE team in a dark dungeon and they haven't allowed improvements to IE for several years now. Now Firefox is the better product and there's a glimmer of hope that one day DHTML will actually improve to the point where web-based applications are just as good as Windows-based applications.

 


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