I procrastinated at first but after a few weeks, I finally clicked on the download link. And boy, am I glad I did! Let me tell you why:
- Firefox 18.104.22.168 was bogging down my entire laptop (which had 4MB of RAM) when I had 20+ tabs open. 20 tabs? Some of you may think I deserved a slow browser for having that many tabs open. But I always have my address book, calendar, intranet, to do list, NY Times, Twitter, Facebook, Matrix Group Web site and Google analytics open, so 20 is nothing by the time 10:00am rolls around.
- I love, love, love how I can simply type a word or two of a site into the URL bar and Firefox presents a list of possible options, including the title and URL.
- The back button is big and prominent, even bigger than the forward button.
- If I close a tab by mistake, I can find the site quickly by going to History to Show All History or Recently Closed Tabs.
- The Password Manager is more graceful, showing up in a bar above the page, allowing me to remember, not now or never on this site.
- I’m told that Firefox is more secure than ever, protecting me from phishing sites and evil scripts on Web sites.
Firefox Usage Growing
BTW, in case you are wondering, a recent review of Matrix Group client sites shows that Internet Explorer (IE) is used by 70-80% of visitors, with the Netscape browsers (including and especially Firefox) garnering anywhere from 12-20% of the traffic.
The W3Schools site shows Firefox as having much higher penetration among users, up to 41% in June 2008. I guess only few of our association clients and their members are part of that statistics.
Regardless of whose stats you are looking at, Firefox using is growing and in a big way. Check out the review of Firefox by Washington Post Tech Writer Rob Pegoraro who says urges everyone to use Firefox.
My Favorite Firefox Plug-Ins
I can’t blog about Firefox without mentioning my favorite Firefox plugs-in.
I love Pearl Crescent, which lets me take screen shots of complete Web pages, not just the visible portion of the page. I use this to capture screen shots for presentations and proposals.
I still automatically open up Firefox and IE each morning. I browse client sites in both browsers, but for personal browsing, Firefox is definitely my first choice.
What’s your preference? How many of you use more than one browser?