Skip Navigation | Accessibility Statement
Why Firefox Is Still on Fire, Part 2 May 31, 2006 – 6:13 p.m. – Permalink

As promised, I’ve compiled a list of reasons why I personally enjoy browsing the Web with Firefox. It might be important to note that these are my personal opinions, and they haven’t been influenced by Mozilla. Why else would I have voluntarily installed Bon Echo Alpha 3 on my computer (the most recent test version for Firefox 2.0)?

Tabbed browsing » I hardly ever use tabs when I surf, mostly because using separate windows is much simpler and less strain on the head. The logic in Internet Explorer 7 copying Firefox’s usage of tabbed browsing is undeniable. By the time IE7 rolls around, every major browser will have tabbed browsing.

Quicksearch » I use the Quicksearch feature almost daily to look up a word (Merriam–Webster) or to find out more information about a topic (Wikipedia).

Reliability » Yes, Firefox has crashed on numerous occasions during my various browsing experiences, but it is much more reliable than Internet Explorer. Some of the sites I’ve visited in the past have some very objectionable markup, including some that can mangle up your hard drive. Firefox has gone through these sites effectively and safely, while Internet Explorer would simply let threats through.

The download manager » Internet Explorer lacks a suitable download manager. The dialog displayed when you try to download a file is horrendously disorganized and often dysfunctional. On the contrary, Firefox’s download manager allows you to download multiple files, remove them, pause them, or delete them. It also gives good reminders to look at files you’ve just downloaded that you haven’t cleaned up yet.

Live bookmarks » I keep on top of most of my news and blogs through live bookmarks. They offer quick, easy access to the articles I’m interested in, meaning that I don’t need a feed reader.

Some may consider this particular entry to be merely an advertisement of Firefox, but its features cannot be overlooked by anyone.