I started using the Mozilla Firefox browser several years ago for two reasons:
#1 Internet Explorer (IE) kept crashing in the middle of trying to get work done
#2 According to all of my internet/tech tech savvy friend, Firefox was “better”.
Well, I’m back to using Internet Explorer.
The “crashing” situation is the main reason. When IE crashed, it just gave me an error, then shut down all of my browser windows. Annoying but not drastic.
However when Firefox crashed, it locks up my ENTIRE computer, forcing a hard restart. This is not only annoying, but has on more than one occasion caused me to lose important work in other applications…and hard restarts can’t be good for my computer.
Furthermore, two websites I visit frequently (including my bank) don’t operate correctly on Firefox.
Therefore, I just switched back to Internet Explorer as my default brower.
I must say, I really don’t think there is a big difference in the “browsing experience”.
The only thing I miss about Firefox isn’t even Firefox itself. Instead, it’s a brilliant little third party plug-in called “Search Status”, which allows you to monitor the Google PageRank and Alexa ranking of any site you are visiting at a glance. I LOVE this application, but can’t seem to find a similar one for IE. Anyone know if such a thing exists?
PS – Sorry Seth, but I’m going to screw up your stereotype…I’m a power user visiting your site on IE. 🙂